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Cold electrons provide sharper focus
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Australian scientists have developed a new way of imaging atoms, which could lead to new types of drugs in medicine and a better understanding of materials for engineering. Called a cold electron source, it will be capable of improving the quality and speed of nano-imaging. The research led by Associate Professor Robert Scholten from the University of Melbourne's School of Physics is designed to overcome problems conventional synchrotron X-rays and electron microscopes have in taking intricate images. More

University of Toledo partners with Spanish firm to speed solar commercialization, job creation
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University of Toledo students will soon be getting an edge with internships, partnerships and job opportunities — all thanks to solar research efforts. The University of Toledo and Isofoton have agreed on a plan to increase collaboration between UT and the Spanish photovoltaic company, which announced earlier this month that they would be establishing a manufacturing plant and its North American headquarters in northwest Ohio. More

Kyoto University gets European patent on iPS cell technology
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Kyoto University said that it has been granted its first European patent on a technique for creating induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. An application was filed with the European Patent Office in 2008 based on a domestic filing in 2005. The university received its official notice of approval for Europe. It will take steps to register the patent in each of 17 countries, including the U.K., Germany and France. More

Glucose meter can detect cocaine, uranium in blood
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Researchers have shown that an off-the-shelf glucose meter can be used to test blood samples for a variety of substances, including cocaine, the pathogen-related protein interferon, the biochemical adenosine, and traces of uranium. The ability to measure such medically important targets without expensive lab testing could be particularly vital in developing countries. The researchers modified the chemistry of blood samples in order to use glucose concentration as a proxy for detecting the concentration of these substances. The research was conducted by Yu Xiang and Yi Lu at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More

Engineers develop one-way transmission system for sound waves
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While many hotel rooms, recording studios and even some homes are built with materials to help absorb or reflect sound, mechanisms to truly control the direction of sound waves are still in their infancy. However, researchers at the California Institute of Technology have now created the first tunable acoustic diode — a device that allows acoustic information to travel only in one direction, at controllable frequencies. The mechanism they developed is outlined in the journal Nature Materials. More

Scientists integrate single-cell processing and RT-qPCR for parallel analysis of hundreds of cells
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Researchers report on the development of a fully integrated microfluidic device they claim can perform RT-qPCR measurements of gene expression in hundreds of single cells, in a single run. Uniquely, the 9V battery-sized device, developed by a team at the University of British Columbia, and the Center for Translational and Applied Genomics in Vancouver, Canada, has been designed to carry out all steps associated with single cell processing, including cell capture, cell lysis, reverse transcription and quantitative PCR. More

Hebrew University student produces nano-crystalline cellulose from paper mill waste
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Shaul Lapidot in collaboration with his lab colleagues at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University, Rehovot, has discovered a technique to produce nano-crystalline cellulose from the waste obtained from paper mills. More

NanoCollege could see solar tech gains
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A Long Island company that makes manufacturing equipment for certain type of solar cells is getting out of the business, but the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering could become the beneficiary. Veeco Instruments Inc., which makes manufacturing "tools" used in factories that make light-emitting diodes and solar cells, announced last week that it will no longer make tools for a thin-film solar technology known as CIGS that uses copper, indium, gallium and selenium. More

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