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(Eindhoven University of Technology) Researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Ulm have made the first high-resolution 3-D images of the inside of a polymer solar cell. This gives them important new insights in the nanoscale structure of polymer solar cells and its effect on the performance. The findings were published online in Nature Materials on Sunday, Sept. 13.
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A simple enough manufacturing process developed by MIT researchers could enable carbon nanotubes to replace the vertical wires in chips, permitting denser packing of circuits. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news171812351.html)
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Nanotube-filled capsules could restore conductivity to damaged electronics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have found. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23413/?a=f)
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Snorting stem cells might be a way of getting large numbers of stem cells or therapeutic proteins such as neural growth factor into the brain without surgery, University Hospital of Tübingen researchers have found in an experiment with mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327254.300-snort-stem-cells-to-get-them-to-brain.html)
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(Cornell University) Using a carbon nanotube instead of traditional silicon, Cornell researchers have created the basic elements of a solar cell that hopefully will lead to much more efficient ways of converting light to electricity than now used in calculators and on rooftops.
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(University of Pittsburgh) A series of tours will provide journalists with behind-the-scenes information and images needed to tell the story of how Pittsburgh has rebuilt its economy.
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(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio has received $2.7 million to study nanomaterials and their biomedical applications. The grant will fund collaborations in nanoscience between UTSA, The University of Texas Health Science Center and Northwestern University.
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(Stevens Institute of Technology) Creative minds will be rewarded next month when Stevens Institute of Technology hosts the 2009 winners of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame awards.
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(Uppsala University) Unwanted blooms of Cladophora algae throughout the Baltic and in other parts of the world are not entirely without a positive side. A group of researchers at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University have discovered that the distinctive cellulose nanostructure of these algae can serve as an effective coating substrate for use in environmentally friendly batteries. The findings have been published in an article in Nano Le... More
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) In a development that holds much promise for the future of solar electricity and fuel, Berkeley Lab researchers used gold tips grown in solution to increase the electrical conductivity of cadmium-selenide nanorod crystals by 100,000 times.
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(University of California - Santa Barbara) Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a new way to deliver drugs into cancer cells by exposing them briefly to a non-harmful laser. Their results are published in a recent article in ACS Nano, a journal of the American Chemical Society.
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Complete Genomics has completed 14 genomes since March (20 human genomes in the world have been published), priced at $5000, and aims to complete 10,000 genomes by the end of 2010. (Source: http://singularityhub.com/2009/09/09/complete-genomics-press-release-nearly-doubled-the-number-of-sequenced-human-genomes-since-march/)
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Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik researchers have proposed an experiment to create a quantum superposition of a virus to "address fundamental questions, such as the role of life in quantum mechanics,and differences between many-world and Copenhagen interpretations."The experiment will first involve storing a virus in a vacuum and then cooling it to its quantum mechanical ground state in a microcavity. Zapping the virus with a laser then leaves... More
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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology econophysicists discovered an unambiguous signature of a bubble market about to collapse in the form of super-exponential growth decorated with logarithmic oscillations, and used this method to predict the collapse of several bubbles in the last few years, including the collapse of the oil bubble last year and the US housing market in 2006.Their method is a synthesis of ideas from the economic theory of ration... More
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"Can a computer fool expert gamers into believing it's one of them?" was the question posed at the second annual BotPrize challenge, a variant of the Turing test.To win the big prize, worth $6,000, a bot had to fool at least 80% of the judges; none of the participants was able to pull off this feat. A screenshot from Unreal Tournament 2004, the computer game used in the BotPrize competition (Epic Games) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/... More
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Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled impressive new pictures and observations from the retrofitted Hubble Space Telescope.Image of hot gas fleeing a dying star 3,800 light-years away in the Scorpius constellation (NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team) (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/science/space/10hubble.html)
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Pattern analysis of fMRI data was able to accurately identify memories of specific tasks, even if a subject failed to remember specific details, University of California - Irvine neuroscientists have found. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090909122100.htm)
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's new Benthic Rover will help scientists understand how animals on the deep seafloor find enough food to survive and will study the effects of climate change in the ocean.(MBARI) (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090909181752.htm)
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The humanoid iCub robot, which explorea the world like a real child to model the human mind -- has demonstrated that it can change roles in a game. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news171703166.html)
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(US Pharmacopeia) Important issues surrounding the quality of food and drugs -- including global supply chain management, the challenges of creating follow-on biologics (in Canada, subsequent entry biologics) and nanotechnology for drug delivery -- will be the focus of the US Pharmacopeial Convention's 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting. The ASM will be held in Toronto, Canada, from Sept. 22-25.
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(Rice University) Advances by the Rice University lab of James Tour have brought graphite's potential as a mass data storage medium a step closer to reality and created the potential for reprogrammable gate arrays that could bring about a revolution in integrated circuit logic design.
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Researchers at NIST have proposed a mathematical tweak that improves the accuracy of a temperature measurement technique used to monitor critical temperatures in microfludic devices used for tasks such as medical diagnostics and DNA forensics.
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A new EEG analysis tool called "Multiple Origin Spatio-Temporal modeling of EEG" (MOST-EEG) that provides a 3-D representation of brain activity during different mental states has been developed by University of Victoria researchers. It could be used to identify areas of the brain that aren't working properly or aren't communicating well to other areas. It also has the potential to track brain changes underlying the kind of neuroplasticity that ma... More
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University of Washington researchers have tapped electrical power from trees to run low-power (10 nanowatts) sensors. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news171643486.html)
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As swine flu's autumn wave begins in the northern hemisphere, the H1N1 virus mostly causes mild disease, but fewer than 1 per cent become deathly ill, very fast, and these cases could overwhelm hospitals. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17753-dont-be-fooled-swine-flu-still-poses-a-deadly-threat.html)
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