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Gold nanoparticles speed up discovery of the genetic patterns responsible for disease

Many illnesses are now being linked to particular patterns of mutations in an individual's DNA. However, the search for these patterns, known as haplotypes, is generally a slow and painstaking process. Yongyong Shi and colleagues from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have now shown how gold nanoparticles can be used to turn haplotyping into a high-throughput process.

Posted: Oct 24th, 2011

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Researchers develop new concept for rechargeable batteries

KIT researchers have developed a new concept for rechargeable batteries. Based on a fluoride shuttle -- the transfer of fluoride anions between the electrodes -- it promises to enhance the storage capacity reached by lithium-ion batteries by several factors.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2011

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Laser ion source produces a new generation of semiconductors

For ion implantation, that is 'hammering' ions into the surface layer of the material, conventional ion accelerators are commonly used. Laser ion sources are much simpler, cheaper and more universal. However, they emit wide energy ions usually accompanied by some admixtures. In the Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion in Warsaw a unique laser ion source has been built which is equipped with a special system for accelerating ions to a chosen energy and for eliminating admixtures.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2011

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Significant step towards engineering contact modules with vertical carbon nanotube interconnects

Imec researchers, in collaboration with Tokyo Electron, have successfully integrated and characterized carbon nanotubes (CNT) into 150nm contact holes with a TiN underlayer and a Cu single damascene top contact module. The process steps are CMOS-compatible and the platform is designed for fast and automatic electrical testing and for benchmarking different CNT recipes and process conditions.

Posted: Oct 21st, 2011

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