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Magnetic atoms of gold, silver and copper have been obtained

An international team led by Physics and Chemistry teams from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the Basque Country has achieved, by means of a controlled chemical process, that atoms of gold, silver and copper - intrinsically non-magnetic - become magnetic.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Finland is preparing for cleantech era

Energy & Enviro Finland describes some examples of Finnish research efforts and success stories on clean energy and environmental technology development. Many of the projects are creating know-how and technologies which can be utilized in combating climate change - globally.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Electronic structure of DNA revealed for first time

Utilizing a technique that combines low temperature measurements and theoretical calculations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists and others have revealed for the first time the electronic structure of single DNA molecules.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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Designer genes

With the growth of the field of synthetic biology in recent years, so too have the numbers of UW-Madison scientists devoted to this area of research. UW-Madison professors in genetics, biochemistry, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and chemistry all dabble in synthetic biology.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2008

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IIT hosts pioneers in nanotechnology

Members of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society met jointly with IIT students and faculty for an enlightening experience in the world of chemistry. The featured speaker was Dr. Fraser Stoddart, who has earned great prestige for his contributions to nanotechnology. This joint meeting was the first of three to be hosted at IIT and part of our chemistry department‚??s Kilpatrick Lecture series.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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New vision for nanotechnology in Victoria

A new framework for the development of Victoria's nanotechnology sector was released today by the Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings. Speaking at the opening of the 2008 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Melbourne, Mr Jennings said nanotechnology would be a key transforming factor for industry and society in this century.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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Clues to how plants form cell walls could aid biofuels, nanotechnology

When plant cells divide, they assemble molecular building blocks into new cell walls made of carbohydrate and protein, but scientists know almost nothing about how this process occurs. A team of researchers including Maura Cannon of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has found that the first step in building new plant cell walls is the assembly of a scaffold made of structural proteins, a process similar to using a metal or wood scaffold to construct the walls of a building.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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'2-faced' particles act like tiny submarines

For the first time, researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated that microscopic 'two-faced' spheres whose halves are physically or chemically different - so-called Janus particles - will move like stealthy submarines when an alternating electrical field is applied to liquid surrounding the particles.

Posted: Feb 27th, 2008

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