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2012-04-19 12:35:04

2 TUM advances combine for new capabilities in single-molecule sensing The latest advance in solid-state nanopore sensors — devices that are made with standard tools of the semiconductor industry yet can offer single-molecule sensitivity for label-free protein screening — expands their bag of tricks through bionanotechnology. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have enhanced the capabilities of solid-state nanopores by fitting them with cover plates made of DNA....

2012-04-18 09:11:37

Light of specific wavelengths can be used to boost an enzyme's function by as much as 30 fold, potentially establishing a path to less expensive biofuels, detergents and a host of other products. In a paper published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, a team led by Pratul Agarwal of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory described a process that aims to improve upon nature - and it happens in the blink of an eye. "When light enters the eye and hits the...

2012-04-17 23:01:59

Actio´s flagship product, called Material Disclosure, has been selected for an in-depth profile as a 2012 “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, the industry analyst firm based in Stamford, CT. Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 17, 2012 Actio´s flagship product, Material Disclosure, has been selected for an in-depth profile as a 2012 “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, the powerful industry analyst firm based in Stamford, CT. Gartner has selected Actio as an emerging company...

2012-04-17 23:00:17

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are particularly worried about individuals who worked in oil fields, oil refineries, chemical plants and or power plants, when it comes to exposure to asbestos, and a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma. Because a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis claim for these specific work groups can be so valuable, our goal for these types of mesothelioma victims is to make certain they, or their family members have the specific names, and contact information for...

2012-04-17 10:27:01

Many manufacturing processes rely on microorganisms to perform tricky chemical transformations or make substances from simple starting materials. The authors of a study appearing in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, on April 17 have found a way to control a heat-loving microbe with a temperature switch: it makes a product at low temperatures but not at high temperatures. The innovation could make it easier to use microorganisms as miniature...

2012-04-16 23:37:31

First ever visualization of how powder becomes molten glass could lead to greener manufacture at lower temperatures Scientists have for the first time visualised the transformation of powder mixtures into molten glass. A better understanding of this process will make it possible to produce high quality glass at lower temperatures, leading to significant energy savings in industrial glass manufacturing. The team of scientists was led by Emmanuelle Gouillart from the joint research unit...

2012-04-16 22:14:06

Is it drugs, medicines or explosives? At the Analytica trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers, joined by the Hübner Company, are presenting a terahertz spectrometer that provides reliable, contact-free identification of substances. Security forces intercept a letter bomb addressed to Josef Ackermann, the head of Deutsche Bank. At almost the same moment, a letter bomb explodes in an office in Rome. The hand of the manager in charge of Equitalia, the tax-collection authority, was...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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