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The laser beam as a '3D painter' for molecules

With laser beams, molecules can be fixed at exactly the right position in a three dimensional material. The new method developed at the Vienna University of Technology can be used to grow biological tissue or to create micro sensors.

Aug 27th, 2012

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Merging tissue and electronics

To control the three-dimensional shape of engineered tissue, researchers grow cells on tiny, sponge-like scaffolds. These devices can be implanted into patients or used in the lab to study tissue responses to potential drugs.

Aug 27th, 2012

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Physicists join search for hidden magnetic states

Physicists from the University of Southampton were among the first researchers to use the new high magnetic-field beamline at Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrotron facility, to search for 'hidden magnetic states'.

Aug 24th, 2012

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Joining the un-joinable - new polymer linking technology based on nanocrystals

Ever tried to paint on top of silicone? After a few hours, the paint will peel off. Annoying. Silicone is a so-called low surface energy polymer, well known from flexible baking forms: A synthetic material that has an extremely low adhesion or "stickiness". Teflon is similarly non-sticky and well known from frying pans. Researchers of Kiel University have now developed the first technology which is capable of joining these two "unjoinable" materials.

Aug 24th, 2012

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Efficient catalysis on chiral surfaces

A team of chemists from ETH Zurich headed by Professor Alfons Baiker has found answers to the question as to why a particular kind of catalysis only really generates one form of a chiral substance. This kind of catalysis is thus becoming increasingly interesting for industry.

Aug 24th, 2012

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