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Do-it-yourself microtechnology for smaller companies

A European project has developed a one-stop shop to support companies, especially SMEs, in the rapid design and manufacture of novel micro-devices for use in applications ranging from medical diagnosis to mobile phones.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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A trick of the light

Unusual properties predicted in superconducting thin films could deliver perfect lenses and other novel applications.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2010

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NIST nanoscale dimensioning technique wins R+D 100 award

A radical, new method developed at NIST that transforms the humble, ubiquitous and inexpensive optical microscope into a powerful three-dimensional nanoscale and microscale measurement device has won one of this year's prestigious R+D 100 Awards.

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2010

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Some like it hot: How to heat a 'nano bathtub'

Researchers at JILA have demonstrated the use of infrared laser light to quickly and precisely heat the water in 'nano bathtubs' - tiny sample containers - for microscopy studies of the biochemistry of single molecules and nanoparticles.

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2010

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Nano 'pin art': Novel arrays are step toward mass production of nanowires

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cultivated many thousands of nanocrystals in what looks like a pinscreen or 'pin art' on silicon, a step toward reliable mass production of semiconductor nanowires for millionths-of-a-meter-scale devices such as sensors and lasers.

Posted: Jul 22nd, 2010

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