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Thanks for the memory: More room for data in 'phase-change' material

A team led by Johns Hopkins engineers has discovered some previously unknown properties of a common memory material, paving the way for development of new forms of memory drives, movie discs and computer systems that retain data more quickly, last longer and allow far more capacity than current data storage media.

Posted: May 4th, 2012

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Next-generation nanoelectronics: A decade of progress, coming advances

Given their potential, the past decade has seen significant attention to the development of both hybrid and standalone nanoelectromechanical devices. This decade of progress is reviewed in an article that provides a comprehensive discussion of the potential of these technologies, as well as the primary challenges associated with adopting them.

Posted: May 4th, 2012

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Non-profit groups claim credit for FDAs recent steps in nanotechnology policies

Today several leading non-profits working on nanotechnology oversight - Center for Food Safety (CFS), Friends of the Earth (FoE), Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)and the International Center for Technology Assessment - issued a statement responding to recent steps taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that represent marginal progress toward regulation of products made with this new technology.

Posted: May 3rd, 2012

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Conquering LED Efficiency Droop: Overcoming mysterious phenomenon could lead to affordable LED lighting

Like a coffee enthusiast who struggles to get a buzz from that third cup of morning joe, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) seem to reach a point where more electricity no longer imparts the same kick and productivity levels-off. Now a team of researchers from California and Japan has devised a new design for green and blue LEDs that avoids much of this vexing efficiency droop.

Posted: May 3rd, 2012

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Light touch keeps a grip on delicate nanoparticles

Using a refined technique for trapping and manipulating nanoparticles, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have extended the trapped particles' useful life more than tenfold.

Posted: May 3rd, 2012

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