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Scanning electron microscope reveals 'The Scream' in oil shale

This week, during a SEM training session for an existing energy-related customer, JEOL specialists Dr. Natasha Erdman and Tony Laudate were examining the sample of oil shale in the microscope when they came upon this startling image that resembles a skeletal face and looked somewhat familiar to them.

May 25th, 2010

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Cheaper solar energy due to silicon nanosponges?

Scientists of the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf found a way to replace the amorphous or nanocrystalline silicon in thin film solar cells, which have a low efficiency, by a nanosponge made of silicon. It promises to be a good light absorber while improving the electrical yield of the solar cells.

May 25th, 2010

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NSF funds $3.7m NanoSIMS imaging system

The National Science Foundation's Major Research and Instrumentation (MRI) Program recently funded a $3.7 million NanoSIMS imaging mass spectrometer for 13 Arizona State University scientists and a large number of collaborators working on diverse topics involving both soft (biological) and hard materials (e.g. minerals).

May 24th, 2010

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Free online workshop on Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications - last call for registration

The potential of nanotechnology to support biomedical applications, including techniques for intelligent diagnostics and therapeutics, probing and repairing of individual cells, nano-inspired implants, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, is widely acknowledged. Find out more about current developments, network with other researchers and share research interests in a free online workshop on 'Nanotechnology for Biomedical Applications' organized by the ICPC Nanonet project on Friday May 28th.

May 24th, 2010

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Antibacterial silver nanoparticles are a blast

Researchers explain how blasting silver nitrate solution with an electron beam can generate nanoparticles that are more effective at killing all kinds of bacteria, including gram-negative species that are not harmed by conventional antibacterial agents.

May 24th, 2010

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Ultra-secure quantum communications

The risk of sensitive information falling into the wrong hands could be eliminated by a new quantum communication process that delivers unprecedented security.

May 24th, 2010

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Nano-bio-chip checks for oral cancer

The gentle touch of a brush on the tongue or cheek can help detect oral cancer with success rates comparable to more invasive techniques like biopsies, according to preliminary studies.

May 21st, 2010

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