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Low-cost, efficient catalyst boosts hydrogen fuel technology

Scientists from CINF, CASE, Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have engineered a cheap, abundant alternative to the expensive platinum catalyst and coupled it with a light-absorbing electrode to make hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.

Posted: May 9th, 2011

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Nano-FTIR - nanoscale infrared spectroscopy with a thermal source

Researchers from the Basque nanoscience research center CIC nanoGUNE and Neaspec GmbH (Germany) have developed an instrument that allows for recording infrared spectra with a thermal source at a resolution that is 100 times better than in conventional infrared spectroscopy.

Posted: May 9th, 2011

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Multicolored fluorescent nanostructures show promise for cellular imaging

Combining the unique optical properties and potential for surface functionality of silicon nanostructures with the electronic properties of quantum dots offers exciting prospects for biological and optoelectronic applications. In particular, silicon nanowires coated with metal nanoparticles are known to display enhanced optical properties that could be used as the basis for more-efficient, longer-lasting biological sensors.

Posted: May 9th, 2011

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EPA issues a significant new use rule for multi-walled carbon nanotubes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a significant new use rule (SNUR) under section 5(a)(2) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for the chemical substance identified generically as multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) which was the subject of premanufacture notice (PMN) P-08-199.

Posted: May 8th, 2011

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New patent: Template-synthesized DNA nanotubes

A method of forming DNA nanotubes composed entirely or predominantly from DNA that, The methods of the present invention form single layer or multilayer template-synthesized nanotubes where the bulk of the tube is composed of DNA, and the layers are held together by hybridization of complementary DNA strands. The DNA molecules making up these tubes may be varied as desired, and the DNA is capable of being released from the tube.

Posted: May 6th, 2011

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