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Physicists confirm existence of permanent electric currents in tiny metal rings

Since the early days of quantum physics in the 1920s and 30s, it has been suggested time and again that electric 'continuous currents' flow in tiny metal rings. These currents are small, but flow permanently, even without applied voltage. Physicists at Yale University and Freie Universitaet Berlin have now demonstrated the existence of these permanent currents in detail.

Oct 9th, 2009

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3-D structure of the human genome deciphered

Scientists have deciphered the three-dimensional structure of the human genome, paving the way for new insights into genomic function and expanding our understanding of how cellular DNA folds at scales that dwarf the double helix.

Oct 9th, 2009

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CNRS establishes its first joint international nanotechnology research unit in Asia with an industry partner

The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Thales have established a joint international research unit called CINTRA (CNRS International ? NTU ? Thales Research Alliance). Based in Singapore, the new unit will conduct research into nanotechnologies for electronics, photonics, and related applications.

Oct 8th, 2009

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Nanoscale replication of butterfly wings

A team of researchers from the State University of Pennsylvania (USA) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) have developed a technique to replicate biological structures, such as butterfly wings, on a nano scale.

Oct 8th, 2009

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Investigating nanopillars: Silicon brittle? Not this kind!

Silicon, the most important semiconductor material of all, is usually considered to be as brittle and breakable as window glass. On the nanometer scale, however, the substance exhibits very different properties, as Empa researchers have shown by creating minute silicon pillars.

Oct 8th, 2009

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Mit Nanotechnologie sollen Solarzellen mehr Strom liefern

Uwe Hartmann, Professor für Experimentalphysik an der Universitaet des Saarlandes, will jetzt den Wirkungsgrad von Solarzellen mit Hilfe der Nanotechnologie steigern. Er erhaelt dafuer rund 500.000 Euro Foerderung im Rahmen eines Verbundprojektes des Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung.

Oct 8th, 2009

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