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Engineers give invisibility cloaks a slimmer design

In a new study, electrical engineers have designed a cloaking device that is both thin and does not alter the brightness of light around a hidden object. The technology behind this cloak will have more applications than invisibility, such as concentrating solar energy and increasing signal speed in optical communications.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2015

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A new approach to develop highly-potent drugs

A new approach to develop highly-potent drugs which could overcome current shortcomings of low drug efficacy and multi-drug resistance in the treatment of cancer as well as viral and bacterial infections.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2015

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Bats do it, dolphins do it. Now humans can do it too.

Physicists have used graphene to build lightweight ultrasonic loudspeakers and microphones, enabling people to mimic bats' or dolphins' ability to use sound to communicate and gauge the distance and speed of objects around them.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2015

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New technique enables magnetic patterns to be mapped in 3D

An international collaboration has succeeded in using synchrotron light to detect and record the complex 3D magnetisation in wound magnetic layers. This technique could be important in the development of devices that are highly sensitive to magnetic fields, such as in medical diagnostics for example.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2015

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Transition from 3 to 2 dimensions increases conduction

Scientists have for the first time described the behavior of electrons in a previously unstudied analogue of graphene, two-dimensional niobium telluride, and, in the process, uncovered the nature of two-dimensionality effects on conducting properties. These findings will help in the creation of future flat and flexible electronic devices.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2015

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Surfing a wake of light

For the first time, researchers have created wakes of light-like waves moving on a metallic surface, called surface plasmons, and demonstrated that they can be controlled and steered. The creation and control of surface plasmon wakes could lead to new types of plasmonic couplers and lenses that could create two-dimensional holograms or focus light at the nanoscale.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2015

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