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LF Fiber Laser Welding Systems

November 21, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Miyachi Unitek Corporation introduced its LF Fiber Laser Welding Systems specially designed for fine micro welding. The LF handles focused spot sizes down to 10 um, and offers precise control of pulse width and peak power.

Carbon nanotube forest camouflages 3D objects

November 21, 2011 8:29 am | News | Comments

University of Michigan researchers have capitalized on one of carbon nanotubes' unique properties—the low refractive index of low-density aligned nanotubes—to demonstrate a new application: making 3D objects appear as nothing more than a flat, black sheet.

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NASA to support IU astronomer's quest to develop star formation database

November 21, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

Indiana University astronomer Samir Salim believes the vast archives produced by NASA's space telescopes and ground-based observatories hold the right information to create the largest resource ever for the study of how star formation proceeds in galaxies.

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Scientists invent long-lasting, near-infrared-emitting material

November 21, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

Materials that emit visible light after being exposed to sunlight are commonplace and can be found in everything from emergency signage to glow-in-the-dark stickers. But until now, scientists have had little success creating materials that emit light in the near-infrared range.

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Rutgers works to build a better cranberry

November 21, 2011 4:26 am | News | Comments

Building better cranberries is Nicholi Vorsa's business, a process that can't be rushed. Vorsa, part of Rutgers University's New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has developed three new cranberry varieties during his career. Now he working on a fourth variety; and this Thanksgiving he can be thankful for the genomic tools at Rutgers that could speed up the work involved in building healthier, hardier, and tastier cranberries.

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New pliable organic material can be worked like glass

November 21, 2011 4:19 am | News | Comments

Certain resins are valued for their lightness, strength, and resistance. But unlike glass, these resins can no longer be reshaped when cured. Researchers in France have invented a new material that acts like a resin, but can be shaped at will and in a reversible manner at high temperatures.

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Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather

November 21, 2011 3:46 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

After meeting in Uganda, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report on global warming and extreme weather. It predicts that heat waves that are now once-in-a-generation events will become hotter and happen once every five years mid-century. Other extreme weather events including storms and floods, it says, will become more frequent and more pronounced.

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Case Management Solution for Digital Pathology

November 21, 2011 3:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leica Microsystems announced its clinical workflow solution for digital pathology—Digital Image Hub Enterprise. The solution features powerful image management, integration, and communication capabilities in conjunction with a high-performance, intuitive client viewer, SlidePath Gateway.

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Compound Based Scanning Software

November 21, 2011 3:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bruker's SCION Compound Based Scanning software for the SCION TQ includes a number of important tools and features to make method set up, data analysis, and comparisons of similar spectra easier.

Researchers watch a next-gen memory bit switch in real time

November 21, 2011 2:57 am | News | Comments

For the first time, engineering researchers have been able to watch in real time the nanoscale process of a ferroelectric memory bit switching between the 0 and 1 states.

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Cancer in three dimensions

November 21, 2011 2:45 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University researchers has found that the 3D structure of a cell's genetic material, or genome, plays a large role in determining which sections of DNA are most likely to be altered in cancerous cells.

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Smart swarms of bacteria inspire robotics researchers

November 18, 2011 10:22 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a computational model that better explains how bacteria move in a swarm. This model can be applied to man-made technologies, including computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

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A corny turn for biofuels from switchgrass

November 18, 2011 8:31 am | News | Comments

Introducing a special corn gene into switchgrass was found to significantly boost the viability of the switchgrass biomass as a feedstock crop for advanced biofuels. The gene, a variant of the Corngrass1 gene, holds the switchgrass in a perpetual juvenile state, more than doubling its starch content and making it easier to convert its polysaccharides into fermentable sugars.

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Researchers develop 'super' yeast that turns pine into ethanol

November 18, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a "super strain" of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine. Their research could help biofuels replace gasoline as a transportation fuel.

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Carbon foam: The key ingredient of a better battery?

November 18, 2011 6:34 am | News | Comments

A lighter, greener, cheaper, longer-lasting battery. Who wouldn't want that? Researchers at Michigan Technological University are working on it. Their design is a twist on an asymmetric capacitor, a new type of electrical storage device that's half capacitor, half battery.

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