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Open access: EU project results go public

Publicly funded research should benefit everyone, not bury findings in obscure or expensive journals. The European Commission wants results from Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 projects to produce fully 'open access' publications; a project is now promoting open access and building a portal for all FP7 project publications and datasets.

Posted: May 9th, 2012

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Quantum dots brighten the future of lighting

Seven years ago, when white-light quantum dots were discovered accidentally in a Vanderbilt chemistry lab, their efficiency was too low for commercial applications and several experts predicted that it would be impossible to raise it to practical levels. Today, however, Vanderbilt researchers have proven those predictions wrong by reporting that they have successfully boosted the fluorescent efficiency of these nanocrystals from an original level of three percent to as high as 45 percent.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

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Life scientists unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises

This mirror-image phenomenon - known as chirality or "handedness" - has captured the imagination of a UCLA research group led by Thomas G. Mason, a professor of chemistry and physics and a member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

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Researchers give drug dropouts a second chance

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Maryland has designed a molecular container that can hold drug molecules and increase their solubility, in one case up to nearly 3000 times. Their discovery opens the possibility of rehabilitating drug candidates that were insufficiently soluble.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

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Not your grandma's quilt

Researchers develop technique to keep cool high-power semiconductor devices used in wireless applications, traffic lights and electric cars.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

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Nanostructuring metamaterial leads to new material class

A research team lead by Professor Martin Wegener at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has succeeded in realizing a new material class through the manufacturing of a stable crystalline metafluid, a pentamode metamaterial. Using new nanostructuring methods, these materials can now be realized for the first time with any conceivable mechanical properties.

Posted: May 8th, 2012

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