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Space technology helps in fight against deadly bacteria

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments27 May 2011

microplaster-beta-version-atmospheric-plasma-device-1Technology developed during the long-running research conducted on the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. By using plasma (superheated, electrically charged gas), Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics director Gregor Morfill is developing ways to kill bacteria and viruses that can cause infections in hospitals…. »


Researchers transformed a leaf skeleton into iron carbide

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 September 2010

iron-carbide-leafNature’s fine structures are also suitable for technical applications because they exist in a numerous variety of forms, they usually display high mechanical stability and, due to their large surfaces, they provide suitable templates for catalysts and electrodes. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have succeeded in converting the… »

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Mussel biomimicry could lead to new super-strong polymers

By Damir Beciri
5 March 2010

musselsWe may like to eat mussels steamed in white wine, but we also like to find mussels at the beach. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and collaborators at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Chicago believe they have uncovered the basis how marine mussels use… »