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A faster, cheaper method for making transistors and chips (w/videos)

It may soon be possible manufacture the miniscule structures that make up transistors and silicon chips rapidly and inexpensively. EPFL scientists are currently investigating the use of dynamic stencil lithography, a recent but not yet perfected method, for creating nanostructures.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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Cheap and efficient solar cell made possible by linked nanoparticles

Researchers of the Chemical Engineering department and the Kavli institute of the TU DElft have demonstrated that electrons can move freely in layers of linked semiconductor nanoparticles under the influence of light. This new knowledge will be very useful for the development of cheap and efficient quantum dot solar cells.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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E-textiles get fashion upgrade with memory-storing fiber

Researchers have developed a new flexible memory fabric woven together from interlocking strands of copper and copper-oxide wires. At each juncture, or stitch along the fabric, a nanoscale dab of platinum is placed between the fibers.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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FachDialoge Nanotechnologien

Die NanoKommission wurde 2006 im Rahmen des Nano Aktionsplans der deutschen Bundesregierung als zentrale, nationale Dialogplattform geschaffen. Die NanoKommission arbeitete in zwei Dialogphasen (2006-2008 und 2009-2011) und schloss diese jeweils mit einem Abschlussbericht und Empfehlungen an die Bundesregierung ab.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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Publication bubble threatens China's scientific advance

Chinese researchers published more than 1.2 million papers from 2006 to 2010 - second only to the United States. But these impressive numbers mask an uncomfortable fact: most of these papers are of low quality or have little impact. Citation per article (CPA) measures the quality and impact of papers. China's CPA is 1.47, the lowest figure among the top 20 publishing countries.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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A heart of gold

New cardiac patch uses gold nanowires to enhance electrical signaling between cells, a promising step toward better treatment for heart-attack patients.

Posted: Sep 26th, 2011

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