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Sensors that can stretch

Is someone sitting in the passenger seat of the car? Did someone enter the safety zone in front of an industrial machine? Stretch and pressure sensors have a wide range of applications. Researchers have now developed sensors capable of expanding, in extreme cases, to twice their original length and so supple as to go virtually unnoticed when sewn into clothing.

Posted: May 12th, 2011

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2011 World Technology Awards - call for nominations

The World Technology Network has announced its official Call for Nominations for the 2011 World Technology Awards, honoring those individuals and corporations deemed to be doing "the innovative work of the greatest likely long-term significance" in 20 different categories in science, technology and related fields.

Posted: May 12th, 2011

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Nanosilver for therapy and diagnostics

Nowadays, everyday life would be inconceivable without nanotechnology. It is also ever-present in medical technology - both in therapy and diagnostics. Researchers from ETH Zurich have now prepared silver nanoparticles in an interdisciplinary study in such a way that they offer further potential in this field.

Posted: May 12th, 2011

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Chemie im Femtoliter-Bereich

Das Forschungsprojekt "Femtoliter-Arrays fuer die Analyse von Einzel-Molekuel-Mechanismen von Enzymen" wird durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) ueber einen Zeitraum von drei Jahren mit mehr als 350.000 Euro gefoerdert.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Metallic alloy 'snowflakes' enhance the efficiency and safety of rechargeable batteries

The tiny porous frameworks of zinc-antimony (ZnSb) nanoflakes are set to have a big impact on future hybrid vehicles and pocket-sized electronic devices. Researchers have now deposited ZnSb nanostructures directly onto copper foil using a template-free electrochemical technique to produce a material that could enhance the charge-storage capacity and safety of lithium-ion batteries.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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The effect of fluid flow on graphene

The application of graphene in a liquid environment has so far received little attention. Fong Yew Leong from the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing has now shed some light on the effects of fluid dynamics on graphene in such applications through a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and scaling arguments.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Connaught Summer Institute in Nanofabrication

The Connaught Summer Institute in Nanofabrication will bring together Canadian and international experts in a variety of areas related to nanofabrication techniques for the production of nano devices. Open to members of both academia and industry, the institute will be of interest to faculty members, research associates, graduate students, post-docs, industry representatives, and technical representatives.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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Nature may be making silver nanoparticles on its own

Nanoparticles of silver are being found increasingly in the environment - and in environmental science laboratories. Because they have a variety of useful properties, especially as antibacterial and antifungal agents, silver nanoparticles increasingly are being used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products. This, in turn, has raised concerns about what happens to them once released into the environment. Now a new research paper adds an additional wrinkle: Nature may be making silver nanoparticles on its own.

Posted: May 11th, 2011

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