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Engineering plants for biofuels

With increasing demands for sustainable energy, being able to cost-efficiently produce biofuels from plant biomass is more important than ever. However, lignin and hemicelluloses present in certain plants mean that they cannot ...

dateNov 26, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Paper-and-scissors technique rocks the nano world

Sometimes simplicity is best. Two Northwestern University researchers have discovered a remarkably easy way to make nanofluidic devices: using paper and scissors. And they can cut a device into any shape and size they want, ...

dateNov 14, 2012 in Nanophysics
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A new way of making glass

(Phys.org)—A new way to make glass has been discovered by a collaboration of researchers at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Bristol using a method that controls how the atoms within a substance are arranged around each ...

dateNov 09, 2012 in Condensed Matter
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Nanoparticles improve lithium battery electrodes

(Phys.org)—Materials scientists have developed a simple, robust way to fabricate carbon-free and polymer-free, lightweight colloidal films for lithium-ion battery electrodes, which could greatly improve battery performance.

dateNov 01, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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Electron 'sniper' targets graphene

Because of its intriguing properties graphene could be the ideal material for building new kinds of electronic devices such as sensors, screens, or even quantum computers.

dateOct 25, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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Assembly of nano-machines mimics human muscle

For the first time, an assembly of thousands of nano-machines capable of producing a coordinated contraction movement extending up to around ten micrometers, like the movements of muscular fibers, has been synthesized by ...

dateOct 23, 2012 in Nanophysics
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