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Novel nanocoatings show great promise as flame retardants in polyurethane foam

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Texas A+M University outperformed conventional flame retardants used in the polyurethane foam of upholstered furniture and mattresses by at least 160 percent and perhaps by as much as 1,130 percent.

Posted: Aug 3rd, 2011

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Dramatic simplification paves the way for building a quantum computer

Dr Xiao-Qi Zhou and colleagues at the University of Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics and the University of Queensland, Australia, have shown that controlled operations - ones that are implemented on the condition that a "control bit" is in the state 1 - can be dramatically simplified compared to the standard approach.

Posted: Aug 2nd, 2011

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The art of magnetic writing

The process of writing information on tiny magnetic bits one by one, as fast as possible, and with little energy consumption, represents one of the biggest hurdles in this field. of magnetic computer storage. A team of scientists have discovered a new method to write magnetic data that fulfils all of these requirements.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2011

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