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Hart oder weich - beides zugleich: Neues Nanomaterial wechselt Eigenschaft nach Bedarf

Das hat die Welt noch nicht gesehen: Ein Werkstoff, der quasi auf Knopfdruck seine Festigkeit aendert. Dieser Wandel in Sekundenschnelle kann durch Aenderungen der Elektronenstruktur eines Materials erreicht und so zum Beispiel aus einem festen und sproeden Stoff ein weicher und formbarer werden. Den entscheidenden Impuls liefern elektrische Signale, Clou dieser sensationellen Entwicklung.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2011

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Microscopic worms could help open up travel into deep space

A space flight by millions of microscopic worms could help us overcome the numerous threats posed to human health by space travel. The Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) have also given experts an insight into how to block muscle degradation in the sick and elderly.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2011

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Long live the qubit!

The power of quantum computers depends on keeping them in a fragile quantum-mechanical state - which researchers have found a new way to extend.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2011

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An alternative to antibiotics

Antibiotics are among the greatest achievements of medical science. But lately the former multi-purpose weapon fails in the battle against infectious diseases. Bacteria are increasingly developing resistance to antibiotics. Researchers have now found a therapeutic equivalent which could replace penicillin and related phamaceuticals.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2011

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The fine art of etching

They see more than the naked eye and could make traffic safer: miniaturized thermal imaging sensors. But they are difficult to manufacture on a commercial scale. Researchers have now developed a new system. On it, special micro-electromechanical systems can be produced - with the correct etching technique.

Posted: Jun 2nd, 2011

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Quantum knowledge cools computers

Research without supercomputers is unimaginable nowadays. However, they increasingly represent an energy problem. Every single computer operation, especially deleting data, converts electrical energy into heat. For this reason, the latest research results by a team of physicists from Switzerland, England and Singapore deserve careful attention: under certain conditions, cold is generated instead of heat when deleting data. The only condition is that the content of the memory must be known "more than completely" during the deletion process. This is possible provided the so-called quantum-mechanical entanglement is included, since such entanglement carries more information than a classical copy of the data.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Nanoforum 2011 to take place in Rome on September 14-15, 2011

The seventh edition of nanoforum will take place on September 14-15, 2011, at Sapienza University of Rome. This event represents an excellent opportunity to get informed about the state of the art of nanotechnologies in Italy and abroad and to learn about the latest industrial applications, thanks to a large conference program and a specialized expo area.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Safety of nanoparticles in food crops is still unclear

With the curtain about to rise on a much-anticipated new era of "nanoagriculture" - using nanotechnology to boost the productivity of plants for food, fuel, and other uses - scientists are reporting a huge gap in knowledge about the effects of nanoparticles on corn, tomatoes, rice and other food crops.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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RUSNANO invests in MEMS

RUSNANO co-invests in the development of electronic components for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for use in sensors, computing and telecommunications equipment. American company SiTime Corporation, an industry leader in development of MEMS-based high-performance oscillators and silicon timing solutions, is its partner in the endeavor.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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