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Carbon nanotubes outperform copper nanowires as interconnects

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a road map that brings academia and the semiconductor industry one step closer to realizing carbon nanotube interconnects, and alleviating the current bottleneck of information flow that is limiting the potential of computer chips in everything from personal computers to portable music players.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2008

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International Summer School on OLED lighting

The European ICT research project OLLA organizes its fourth and last edition of the International Summer School on OLEDs. During this event an international group of top experts will explain and discuss the latest developments and challenges of Organic Light Emitting Diodes, a new and promising lighting technology.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2008

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Stopping and freezing a bullet

The cooling of atoms to near absolute zero has been possible thanks largely to laser-based techniques, but only about 10 percent of elements in the periodic table have the necessary atomic level structure. A new two-step technique promises to cool atoms representing 90 percent of the elements.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2008

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Wellcome Image Awards 2008

Bold, beautiful and groundbreaking, this year's Wellcome Image Awards delve deep into our understanding of modern medicine and science.

Posted: Mar 13th, 2008

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Nano-scale structures made from DNA: study

Best known as the blueprint for life, DNA is also a marvel of architecture that can be used to build 3-D structures measured in billionths of a metre, according to a study released Wednesday.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2008

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Inhaled tuberculosis vaccine more effective than traditional shot

A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, administered directly to the lungs as an oral mist, offers significantly better protection against the disease in experimental animals than a comparable dose of the traditional injected vaccine, researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2008

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Copolymers block out new approaches to microelectronics

NIST researchers reported at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society how they have improved manipulation of so-called block copolymers - polymers made of a mixture of two or more different molecule building blocks that are tethered at a junction point - which can form arrays of tiny dots that could be used as the basis for electronic components that pack terabytes (1000 gigabytes) of memory in something as small as a pack of gum.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2008

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Nanomaterials show unexpected strength under stress

In yet another twist on the strangeness of the nanoworld, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland-College Park have discovered that materials such as silica that are quite brittle in bulk form behave as ductile as gold at the nanoscale. Their results may affect the design of future nanomachines.

Posted: Mar 12th, 2008

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