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A signal boost for molecular microscopy

Cavity-enhanced Raman-scattering reveals information on structure and properties of carbon nanotubes

14-Jul-2016

Carbon nanotubes can be produced with a variety of shapes and properties and are therefore of much interest for widespread applications in fields as diverse as electronics, photonics, nanomechanics, and quantum optics. Hence it is important to have a tool at hand that allows to determine these ...

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High-resolution imaging reveals the secrets of a bacterial toxin

14-Jul-2016

Many bacteria use specialized toxins to attack and infect other cells. Scientists at EPFL and the University of Bern have now modeled a major such toxin with unprecedented resolution, uncovering the way it works step-by-step. In order to infect other cells, many bacteria secrete a type of toxin ...

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Online marketing expertise for launching a company successfully

CHEMIE.DE pledges "expert coaching" to winners of the competition "Science4Life Venture Cup 2016"

13-Jul-2016

There was more than one reason to celebrate for the Oculyze team, one of the winners of the competition "Science4Life Venture Cup 2016", on the evening of July 11. At the headquarters of the venerable Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt, the awards were presented for the best business plans in ...

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Veggie juice that illuminates the gut

13-Jul-2016

The pigment that gives spinach and other plants their verdant color may improve doctors' ability to examine the human gastrointestinal tract. That's according to a study which describes how chlorophyll-based nanoparticles suspended in liquid are an effective imaging agent for the gut. "Our work ...

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New technique provides detailed views of metals’ crystal structure

Method uses readily available tools to quickly determine materials’ properties.

12-Jul-2016

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a new combination of methods that can provide detailed information about the microstructure of polycrystalline metals. Such materials — composed of a random matrix of multiple small crystals rather than one single large crystal — are widely used for ...

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Discovery of new ovarian cancer signaling hub points to target for limiting metastasis

12-Jul-2016

Like pancreatic cancer, cancer of the ovaries is notorious for being discovered at a relatively late stage - after it has spread to other sites in the body. It is not called "the silent killer" for nothing. Fully two-thirds of women who are diagnosed find out at Stage 3 or later, once metastasis ...

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BlueSens celebrates 15th anniversary

11-Jul-2016

BlueSens gas sensor GmbH celebrated its 15th anniversary on the first of July. The company manufactures gas sensors and software for biotechnological processes. In 2001, the two managing directors Udo Schmale and Holger Müller founded the company in the city of Herten in the Ruhr area. Since the ...

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Ultrashort cell-free DNA reveals health of organ transplants

11-Jul-2016

When cells die, whether through apoptosis or necrosis, the DNA and other molecules found in those cells don't just disappear. They wind up in the blood stream, where degraded bits and pieces can be extracted. This cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is degraded due to its exposure to enzymes in the blood but ...

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Company take-over of Slamed ING GmbH by Ratiolab GmbH

08-Jul-2016

Company Ratiolab GmbH has taken over Slamed ING GmbH with effect on 05th July 2016. Ratiolab GmbH will continue the existing business activities without any change. In 1987 Slamed ING GmbH was founded in the city of Frankfurt, Germany by Mr. Eugen Gieldzik. After more than 30 years business in ...

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Researchers harness DNA as the engine of super-efficient nanomachine

08-Jul-2016

Researchers at McMaster University have established a way to harness DNA as the engine of a microscopic "machine" they can turn on to detect trace amounts of substances that range from viruses and bacteria to cocaine and metals. "It's a completely new platform that can be adapted to many kinds of ...

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