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Molecular Programming Project at Caltech receives $10m NSF funding

The National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program has awarded $10 million to the Molecular Programming Project, a collaborative effort by researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Washington to establish a fundamental approach to the design of complex molecular and chemical systems based on the principles of computer science.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2008

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New speed record for magnetic memories

An experiment carried out at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has realized spin torque switching of a nanomagnet as fast as the fundamental speed limit allows.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2008

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IBM announces first working SRAM for the 22 nanometer node

IBM and its joint development partners - AMD, Freescale, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) - today announced the first working static random access memory (SRAM) for the 22 nanometer (nm) technology node, the world's first reported working cell.

Posted: Aug 18th, 2008

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Improved technique determines structure in membrane proteins

By combining custom-built spectrometers, novel probe designs and faster pulse sequences, a team led by Illinois chemistry professor Chad Rienstra has developed unique capabilities for probing protein chemistry and structure through the use of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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Toward plastic spin transistors and organic LEDs

University of Utah physicists successfully controlled an electrical current using the 'spin' within electrons - a step toward building an organic 'spin transistor': a plastic semiconductor switch for future ultrafast computers. The study also suggests it will be more difficult than thought to make highly efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) using organic materials.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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Scientists replicate a key process in photosynthesis

An international team of researchers led by Monash University has used chemicals found in plants to replicate a key process in photosynthesis paving the way to a new approach that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Posted: Aug 17th, 2008

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