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Who are the rising stars in the new generation of chemists?

In Tomorrow's Chemistry Today, Bruno Pignataro has selected the rising stars of the new generation of chemists and compiled their innovative and award-winning research projects in one volume. Read Tomorrow's Chemistry Today and spot a future Nobel Prize winner or a development that may change the face of science.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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FP7 one year on: revolutionary and working, says Potocnik

The EU's Seventh Framework (FP7), now one year into its seven-year life span, is a 'kind of transition programme', taking Europe's research community in the direction of the new instruments that were introduced last year, said EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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EU project on intelligent materials to regenerate bone tissue

The Nanobiocom project, funded under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), is working on the regeneration and repair of bone tissue. Its aim is to come up with a substitute for bone tissue that can repair the bone and regenerate it in such a way that it will be able to carry out similar functions to those in its natural state.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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Scripps scientists develop new method for creating self-assembling, nanoscale materials

While biomedical, electronics, and other branches of research are marching steadily into the realm of the smaller-than-small nanometer scale, building needed materials at this scale has been problematic. This week, however, a team from The Scripps Research Institute unveiled a novel approach to the problem that yields a material with novel properties, which some might find reminiscent of Flubber. The material is produced using naturally occurring proteins as templates for uniform, self-assembled, nano-scale construction.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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Nanowires hold promise for more affordable solar cells

The Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University, Cleanfield Energy and the Ontario Centres of Excellence have formed a partnership to pursue the commercialization of nanowire technology in the production of solar cells. The particular type of nanowire technology developed at McMaster is able to trap more sunlight and convert it to electricity more efficiently than traditional solar cells.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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Small changes, big impacts

Molecular-scale rearrangements influence how receptors transmit their message, adding another layer of complexity to the regulation of cell signaling.

Posted: Jan 25th, 2008

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George Whitesides ponders new ideas in chemistry and the origin of life

Innovative researcher and distinguished professor George M. Whitesides will speak on revolutionary ideas in chemistry about the origin of life. His talk, 'Questions about Questions about the Origin of Life'" is the annual Ferguson Science Lecture at 11 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 6 in Graham Chapel as part of the Assembly Series at the University of Washington in St. Louis.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2008

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AAMI/ FDA Conference to examine tubing misconnections, emerging technologies

Final plans are taking shape for the 18th annual Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)/FDA International Conference on Medical Device Standards and Regulation (ISC), which will include sessions on medical device connectors and misconnections; the role of standards in the global medical device supply chains; and emerging standards issues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2008

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Teams face off at NASA's Ames in Future City Competition

The bright and fertile minds of middle school students across the country have cultivated their visions of what future cities must look like in order to support humankind's growing infrastructure needs. Soon they will put their concepts to the test by participating in the 16th annual National Engineers Week Future City Competition.

Posted: Jan 24th, 2008

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