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Future computers could be built from magnetic 'tornadoes'

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. Engineers have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer's central processing unit (CPU).

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

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Tour U Michigan's $46M nanomechanical engineering labs

With a 'breaker space', ultra-low vibration chambers and tissue culture rooms, a new world-class research complex at Michigan Engineering will let researchers study the forces at work at the smallest scales to advance nanotechnologies in energy, manufacturing, healthcare and biotechnology.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

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Slippery when dry: Graphene proves a long-lasting lubricant

While researchers have found many materials that help to reduce friction, conventional lubricants often have chemical limitations. A recent analysis has identified the properties of a newer, exceptionally wear-resistant substance that works in a broader range of environments.

Posted: Oct 14th, 2014

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