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Copper shines as flexible conductor

By turning to copper, both abundant and cheap, researchers have developed a way of making flexible conductors cost-effective enough for commercial application.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Nanotechnology engineering produces a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery (w/video)

Engineers have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device that uses an ordinary AAA battery to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis. The battery sends an electric current through two electrodes that split liquid water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Unlike other water splitters that use precious-metal catalysts, the electrodes are made of inexpensive and abundant nickel and iron.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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$1M grant to develop an ultra-compact X-ray free electron laser

Such a device could be used for ultra-high-speed and high-resolution imaging in chemistry, biology, materials science and condensed matter physics. For example, in the life sciences, one could view images with resolutions clear enough to see individual carbon atoms, or to discern events such as a chemical reactions that last one quadrillionth of a second or shorter.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Shaping the future of nanocrystals (w/video)

Researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Horizons in clinical nanomedicine

A comprehensive overview on the forefront developments of nanotechnology in various domains of clinical medicine, such as cardiology, oncology, pharmacology, immunology, dermatology, virology, hematology, orthopaedics, embryology and congenital defects, dentistry, and tissue engineering.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules

Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules. The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero through a laser cooling and isolating process called magneto-optical trapping.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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Guidelines for enhancing solar cells using surface plasmon polaritons

Researchers from NIST have established guidelines for using surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) to improve absorption in both photovoltaic or photoelectrochemical cells used for energy conversion. In both types of photocells, SPPs have the potential to increase the amount of light absorbed in the active material layer, improving the overall efficiency of light collection in solar energy devices.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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