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Integrated UHPLC Diode-Array Detector System

April 25, 2012 4:31 am | Agilent Technologies Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the Agilent 1220 Infinity LC system with DAD (diode-array detector), an integrated, binary-gradient liquid chromatography (LC) system with a pressure range of up to 600 bar, supporting both HPLC and UHPLC technology, including sub-two micron and superficially porous columns.

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New X-ray bionanoprobe enables study of cryogenically preserved samples

April 25, 2012 4:23 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Northwestern University's Department of Radiation Oncology and Argonne National Laboratory recently deployed a new non-destructive X-ray microscopy solution from Xradia to image cryogenically preserved cells and advance studies of intra-cellular biology.

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Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot

April 24, 2012 12:00 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Tuesday, a team at Switzerland's Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne used a simple head cap to record the brain signals of Mark-Andre Duc, a partial quadriplegic at a hospital about 100 km away. Duc's thoughts, or electrical signals, were decoded almost instantly by a laptop at the hospital, which then relayed them to a foot-tall robot that scooted around the laboratory.

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World's largest digital camera project passes critical milestone

April 24, 2012 11:03 am | News | Comments

A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is now one step closer to reality. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera, which will capture the widest, fastest, and deepest view of the night sky ever observed, has received "Critical Decision 1" approval by the U.S. Department of Energy to move into the next stage of the project.

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Creating nanostructures from the bottom up

April 24, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Microscopic particles are being coaxed by Duke University engineers to assemble themselves into larger crystalline structures by the use of varying concentrations of microscopic particles and magnetic fields. These nanoscale crystal structures, which until now have been difficult and time-consuming to produce using current technologies, could be used as basic components for advanced optics, data storage, and bioengineering.

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A new tool to view, study graphics

April 24, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers have created a next-generation zoom function to view and compare portions of complex graphics such as city maps, scientific images, or pages of text. The new tool, PolyZoom, makes it possible to simultaneously magnify many parts of a graphic without losing sight of the original picture.

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Scientists discover bilayer structure in efficient solar material

April 24, 2012 9:17 am | News | Comments

Detailed studies of one of the best-performing organic photovoltaic materials reveal an unusual bilayer lamellar structure that may help explain the material’s superior performance at converting sunlight to electricity and guide the synthesis of new materials with even better properties.

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ORNL, Yale take steps toward low-cost DNA sequencing device

April 24, 2012 7:23 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Yale University have developed a new concept for use in a high-speed genomic sequencing device that may have the potential to substantially drive down costs. The researchers have created nanopores with a radio frequency electric field capable of trapping segments of DNA and other biomolecules.

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Engineers develop fire-resistant, environmentally friendly coating

April 24, 2012 6:15 am | News | Comments

A thin polymer coating developed by materials engineers at Texas A&M University could keep cotton clothing and polyurethane-foam-based furniture from going up in flames. The technology involves covering every microscopic fiber in a fabric with a thin composite coating of two polymers that exhibit an intumescent effect, producing a protective carbon foam coating when exposed to high temperatures.

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Technique may help severely damaged nerves regrow and restore function

April 24, 2012 6:10 am | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits. Based on laser direct writing, which enables the fabrication of complex structures from computer files via the use of CAD/CAM, the polymer-based material will assist nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally.

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Students automate process of lengthening children’s limbs

April 24, 2012 6:04 am | by Mike Williams | News | Comments

A team of Rice University students has invented a machine designed to improve the process of correcting bone deformities in children. Typically, bone correction devices are manually operated, which children must remember to use and which introduces the possibility of damaging fragile tissues and nerves. The new automated linear lengthener avoids these risks.

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Scientists seek new conductors for metamaterials

April 24, 2012 5:59 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have designed a method to evaluate different conductors for use in metamaterial structures, which are engineered to exhibit properties not possible in natural materials.

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Automated FTIR Microscope

April 24, 2012 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bruker Corporation has introduced their fully automated stand-alone FTIR microscope, LUMOS. The motorization and networking of all moveable components inside the system provides a high degree of automation; and the LUMOS’ intuitive software guides users step-by-step through the process of data acquisition.

Supercritical Fluid Extractor

April 24, 2012 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supercritical Fluid Technologies has introduced a pilot-scale supercritical fluid extractor for the processing of natural products. The SFT-NPX-10 is designed to simplify the extraction of natural products and to facilitate the transition from laboratory-scale equipment to production processing systems.

Computing the best high-resolution 3D tissue images

April 24, 2012 4:01 am | News | Comments

Real-time, 3D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery, and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus.

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