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New metamaterial device steers light around corners

Using a composite metamaterial to deliver a complex set of instructions to a beam of light, Boston College physicists have created a device to guide electromagnetic waves around objects such as the corner of a building or the profile of the eastern seaboard.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2009

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Artificial nerve cells show promise

Researchers in Sweden are breaking boundaries in the field of nerve cell communication by creating the first artificial nerve cell capable of communicating with human nerve cells. The research will fuel understanding in the pathophysiology, molecular targets and therapies for the treatment of various nervous system disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2009

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Rusnano invests in manufacture of solar batteries for spacecrafts

The project will produce gallium arsenide-based solar batteries for satellites and space stations, with battery efficiency increased from 15 to 32% compared to silicon-based batteries. The new batteries are made up of three-junction solar cells consisting of up to 30 interleaving layers, each measuring 10-15 nm in thickness.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2009

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Neues Materialwissenschaftliches Zentrum am KIT

Neue Werkstoffe fuer die elektrochemische Energiespeicherung und Energiewandlung stehen im Fokus des Materialwissenschaftlichen Zentrums (MWZ), das am Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie entstehen wird.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2009

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Joint BASF-IMEC research to reduce production steps for 22-nanometer chips

BASF and IMEC, Europe's leading independent nanoelectronics research center, have announced that they are extending their joint development program. The process chemicals which the two partners plan to develop as part of their extended work together will enhance the performance of cleaning chemicals in the production of semiconductors. Research will also focus on reduction of process complexity and the number of production steps.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2009

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Inventors look to crack electric car conundrum

Researchers grappling with the problem of developing the most fuel-efficient electric cars are using micro-jet turbine engines and 'supercapacity' batteries to help energy-conscious consumers drive further.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2009

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