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World's thinnest balloon made of graphene

Researchers in New York are reporting development of the world's thinnest balloon, made of a single layer of graphite just one atom thick. This so-called graphene sealed microchamber is impermeable to even the tiniest airborne molecules, including helium.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2008

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New class of electronics technology can conform to almost any shape

Instead of using a flat microchip as the light sensor for their new camera, a team of engineers has developed a sensor that is a flexible mesh of wire-connected pixels. The mesh is made from many of the same materials as a standard digital-camera sensor, but has the unique ability to conform to convoluted, irregular surfaces.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2008

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Now that's cool: Engineers out to thaw the mysteries of ice

'Ye canna change the laws of physics!' Scotty warned Captain Kirk on Star Trek. But engineers and physicists at the University of Maryland may rewrite one of them. The Third Law of Thermodynamics is on the minds of John Cumings and his research group as they examine the crystal lattice structure of ice and seek to define exactly what happens when it freezes.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2008

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Nanotechnology fuel cell research may clear hydrogen hurdles

The biggest stumbling block preventing the widespread adoption of fuel cell technology has been a reliance on hydrogen as the fuel. Not only is hydrogen both difficult and dangerous to store and distribute, but 96 percent of hydrogen comes from oil and gas. New research from a University of Virginia team, recently funded by a new U.Va. Collaborative Sustainable Energy Seed Grant worth about $30,000, is taking two approaches to removing the need for hydrogen.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2008

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U.S. varsity team in India stresses potential of nanomedicine

A delegation from the University of Missouri that visited Chennai recently with its focus on nanomedicine, sought to explore ways to 'develop a scholarly, creative partnership that has a high impact on science and the potential to do something good for patients? unable to afford the treatment.'

Posted: Aug 5th, 2008

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Nanotechnology event: Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Seminar

Join the International Association of Nanotechnology, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (CDTSC) on Wednesday, August 13, to provide input on new initiatives and regulations underway concerning nanotechnology.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2008

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Researchers make milestone discovery in quantum mechanics

UCSB physicists Max Hofheinz, John Martinis, and Andrew Cleland showed how they used a superconducting electronic circuit known as a Josephson phase qubit, developed in Martinis's lab, to controllably pump microwave photons, one at a time, into a superconducting microwave resonator.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2008

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