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Researchers succeed in light-controlled molecule switching

Scientists are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form a circuit. As recently reported, the researchers can switch on the current flow through a single molecule for the first time with the help of light.

Posted: Apr 20th, 2015

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Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications

Besides achieving greater resolution and sensitivity, the materials used in these new devices are much cheaper and more versatile than the ones used in current technologies (mainly gold and noble metals) so they could offer a potential alternative in the design of biomedical sensors.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2015

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Nanowire-bacteria hybrids perform solar-powered green chemistry with captured CO2

A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2015

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An electronic micropump to deliver treatments deep within the brain

For a condition such as epilepsy, it is essential to act at exactly the right time and place in the brain. For this reason, researchers have developed an organic electronic micropump which, when combined with an anti-convulsant drug, enables localized inhibition of epileptic seizure in brain tissue in vitro.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2015

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