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Carbon nanotube polymer nanocomposites for field emission cathodes

A collaboration between researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin have discovered that you can produce a composite of carbon nanotubes embedded in a polymer that gives outstanding performance as an electron emitter material.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Quantum computers will require complex software to manage errors

Highlighting another challenge to the development of quantum computers, theorists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have shown that a type of software operation, proposed as a solution to fundamental problems with the computers? hardware, will not function as some designers had hoped.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Nanoscale changes rise to macro importance in a key electronics material

By combining the results of a number of powerful techniques for studying material structure at the nanoscale, a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with colleagues in other federal labs and abroad, believe they have settled a long-standing debate over the source of the unique electronic properties of a material with potentially great importance for wireless communications.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Pittcon 2009 reports increased attendance

Pittcon 2009 reported today that 19,018 attendees from 90 countries participated in the annual Conference and Exposition, which was held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 8 to March 13. The scientific event was marked by a 6% increase in conferees over Pittcon 2008.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Nanoscale magnetic vortex switch leads to electric pulse

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have shown that changing the chirality, or direction of spin, of a nanoscale magnetic vortex creates an electric pulse, suggesting that such a pulse might be of use in creating computer memory and writing information.

Posted: Apr 8th, 2009

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Drug delivery via nanotubes on titanium implants

A Colorado State University mechanical engineering professor is in the first year of a new study to determine whether nanotubes on titanium implants can deliver chemotherapy drugs and antibiotics directly to skeletal implants, limiting the spread of drugs throughout the body and reducing side effects on patients.

Posted: Apr 7th, 2009

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