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Quantum plasmons demonstrated in atomic-scale nanoparticles

Addressing a half-decade-old debate, engineers at Stanford have positively identified the presence of plasmons, the collective oscillations of electrons, in individual metal particles as small as one nanometer in diameter. The discovery could impact nanotechnology.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2012

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A groundbreaking, waterless approach to micro-chip making

The tiny, high-speed computer chips found in every modern electronic device bear little resemblance to their bulky, slow ancestors of decades ago. Different materials, new designs and new production techniques have ensured successive generations of integrated circuits offer ever more performance at lower cost. Groundbreaking EU-funded research is helping to continue the trend.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2012

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Proteins shine a brighter light on cellular processes

Scientists have designed a molecule which, in living cells, emits turquoise light three times brighter than possible until recently. This improves the sensitivity of cellular imaging, a technique where biological processes inside a living organism are imaged at high resolution.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2012

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Researchers develop material that could transform flat screen TV

Researchers at CRANN, the Science Foundation Ireland funded nanoscience institute based in Trinity College Dublin (TCD), have discovered a new material that could transform the quality, lifespan and efficiency of flat screen computers, televisions and other devices.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2012

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Design and manufacture of thermally stable composite PVC materials based on nanofillings

Researchers at the Public University of Navarre (UPNA) are working on a project to design and manufacture composite PVC materials based on nanofillings and intended for multi-sectoral applications. The ultimate aim of the Vinilclay project is to control and optimize the properties of the plastic material; specifically, its photostability, thermal resistance and gas permeation.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2012

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Nanopower: Avoiding electrolyte failure in nanoscale lithum batteries

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories built a series of nanowire batteries to demonstrate that the thickness of the electrolyte layer can dramatically affect the performance of the battery, effectively setting a lower limit to the size of the tiny power sources.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2012

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Nanoslinky: A novel nanofluidic technology for DNA manipulation and measurement

Remember Slinky, the coiled metal spring that "walks" down stairs with just a push, momentum and gravity? Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed their own version of this classic - albeit 10 million times smaller - as a novel technology for manipulating and measuring DNA molecules and other nanoscale materials.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2012

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Graphene 2012: program online

The Graphene 2012 program, the International Conference on Graphene, to be held in Brussels (Belgium), from April 10-13 is now online.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2012

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Engineering graduate student named 2012 Keithley Graduate Fellow for advancing research in nanoscale devices and electronic measurements

Keithley Instruments, Inc. has named Tina He as the recipient of the first annual Keithley Graduate Fellowship Award. Ms. He, a Case Western Reserve University Ph.D. student, was chosen for this award for her graduate research work on developing novel nanoscale devices and circuits with potential applications to advanced test and measurement.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2012

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