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Researchers develop a new type of gecko-like gripper

Researchers are developing a new kind of gripper, motivated by the ability of animals like the gecko to grip and release surfaces, that is perfectly suited for the delicate work involved in semiconductor manufacturing.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2015

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Buckle up for fast ionic conduction

Material engineers found that the performance of ion-conducting ceramic membranes that are so important in industry depends largely on their strain and buckling profiles. For the first time, scientists can now selectively manipulate the buckling profile, and thus the physical properties, allowing new technical applications of these membranes.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2015

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Measuring discrete quantum states of metallic nanoparticles

A newly develped method only requires a single electrode to be in direct contact with a nanoparticle or molecule, thus significantly simplifying fabrication. Researchers achieved this by embedding nanoparticles on a substrate in an electric resonant circuit and sending a radio-frequency signal to the device.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2015

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Researchers grind nanotubes to get nanoribbons (w/video)

A simple way to turn carbon nanotubes into valuable graphene nanoribbons may be to grind them. The trick is to mix two types of chemically modified nanotubes. When they come into contact during grinding, they react and unzip, a process that until now has depended largely on reactions in harsh chemical solutions.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2015

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3D potential through laser annihilation

Firing pulses of a trillion x-ray photons at molecular-sized samples in time scales on the order of million-billionths of a second (femtoseconds), researchers are aiming for the Holy Grail of ultra-fast X-ray Science - single-particle 3D imaging with atomic resolution.

Posted: Jun 15th, 2015

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