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(Case Western Reserve University) A multidisciplinary team of investigators from Case Western Reserve University, Duke University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, created an environment where magnetic particles suspended within a specialized liquid solution acted like molecular sheep dogs by nudging free-floating human cells to form chains in response to external magnetic fields.
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(Duke University) The power of magnetism may address a major problem facing bioengineers as they try to create new tissue -- getting human cells to not only form structures, but to stimulate the growth of blood vessels to nourish that growth.
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Researchers with the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), working with TEAM 0.5, the world's most powerful transmission electron microscope, have made a movie that shows in real-time carbon atoms repositioning themselves around the edge of a hole that was punched into a graphene sheet. This is the first ever live recording of the dynamics of carbon atoms in grap... More
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Cornell University have capitalized on a process for manufacturing integrated circuits at the nanometer level and used it to develop a method for engineering the first-ever nanofluidic device with complex 3-D surfaces. The Lilliputian chamber is a prototype for future tools with custom-designed surfaces to manipulat... More
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(Ohio State University) Engineers at Ohio State University are developing a technique for mass producing computer chips made from the same material found in pencils. Experts believe that graphene -- the sheet-like form of carbon found in graphite pencils -- holds the key to smaller, faster electronics. It might also deliver quantum mechanical effects that could enable new kinds of electronics.
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(University of Texas at Austin) A method for creating dispersed and chemically modified graphene sheets in a wide variety of organic solvents has been developed by a University of Texas at Austin engineering team led by Professor Rod Ruoff, opening the door to use graphene in a host of important materials and applications such as conductive films, polymer composites, ultracapacitors, batteries, paints, inks and plastic electronics.
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Methanogenic microorganisms can take electricity and directly convert carbon dioxide and water to methane, producing a portable energy source with a potentially neutral carbon footprint, according to Penn State engineers. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157651388.html)
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A molecular assembly line using DNA linkers for predictable, high-precision nano-construction has been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157642260.html)
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Intel has rolled out its Nehalem-EP line of quad-core "revolutionary" chips designed as high-performance engines for datacenters, work stations and research computers, while saving electricity by automatically adjusting energy usage levels. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157702685.html)
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A genetic engineering breakthrough could lead to a genetic switch, or drug, that allows people to grow new muscle cells to replace those that are damaged, worn out, or not working for other reasons, and provides a new tool for the study of difficult-to-treat muscle cancers (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157655456.html)
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By substituting gravel for soil and recycling a continuous stream of water and minerals through trays that hold 600 lettuce and 200 watercress plants, East African hydroponics farmer Sergio Roque uses less than one-fifth of the water and a fraction of the land that traditional farmers use. (Source: http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/sun_business/Farming_without_soil_for_good_yields_81528.shtml)
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Concentrating solar powered desalination is a promising new technology for providing global drinking water supplies. (Source: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/opinions/20091203-18907.html)
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Honda's latest ASIMO robot version can be steered by human thought, using a helmet-like brain machine interface to perform four basic movements with its arms, legs and tongue. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157703000.html)
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Skype coming to the iPhone marks the beginning of the end of the phone as we know it. (Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/033009-mobile-skype-the-end-of.html?hpg1=bn)
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A new stem-cell technique discovered by Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka creates stem cells without using and destroying human embryos and allows for testing drugs for genetic diseases. (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=aBVxs33ym6Rg&refer=home)
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Computer experts are warning that the Conficker virus could strike infected computers on April 1. BBC News has a good summary of how to protect your Windows computer. (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7973841.stm)
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The long awaited Google venture capital fund, Google Ventures, now open for business, will invest in just about any type of startup and is willing to invest just about any amount you might need. (Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/31/google-ventures-opens-for-business-investment-scope-covers-just-about-anything/)
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The mathematics of fractals could help make sense of out quantum weirdness, says physicist Tim Palmer. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20127011.600-can-fractals-make-sense-of-the-quantum-world.html?DCMP=OTC-rss&nsref=online-news)
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An inexpensive five-in-one daily "polypill" can guard against heart attacks and strokes with the same safety and results as taking the same medications separately.The pill combines aspirin, a statin, and three blood pressure-­lowering drugs.See Also 'Polypill' could slash heart attacks and strokes (Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7971456.stm)
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(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Tel Aviv University chemist develops device to detect microscopic signs of cancer, bombs and impure water.
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(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Building on the idea of using DNA to link up nanoparticles -- particles measuring mere billionths of a meter -- scientists at the US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have designed a molecular assembly line for predictable, high-precision nano-construction.
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Results of a Mayo Clinic study show that a simple, noninvasive finger sensor test, the EndoPAT by Itamar Medical, that measures the health of endothelial cells by measuring blood flow, is "highly predictive" of a major cardiac event, such as a heart attack or stroke. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157294709.html)
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A system that can identify DNA bases directly as the DNA moves through a modified protein nanopore could greatly reduce the need for the current expensive equipment and chemicals and reduce lab time from days to hours, investigators at Oxford Nanopore Technologies have found. Instead of using fluorescent chemical tags, the system sends DNA one letter at a time through a microscopic, biologically engineered hole, or nanopore. An electrical current ... More
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Students of popular musical instruments may soon be learning to play with the help of a new generation of intelligent, interactive computer programs. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157377082.html)
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Tesla Motors Chairman and CEO Elon Musk has introduced the new Tesla Model S all-electric sedan, saying the state-of-the-art, five-seat sedan will be the world's first mass-produced, highway-capable electric car.The futuristic zero-emission vehicle will be powered by lithium-ion battery packs capable of traveling between 160 and 300 miles per charge. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news157312107.html)
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