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Engineers design metamaterial device to create 'ghost' illusions

When someone claims he has seen a ghost, the phenomenon may be caused by an optical illusion happening through a wild stroke of nature. But the actual engineering of such a phenomenon is the holy grail of researchers in the field of optical illusions, electromagnetic, and radar detection - not only because of the thrill and excitement of being able to create a "ghost" but because of the implications it will have in science and applications.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2013

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Weird new property of quantum electronic material breaks all the rules

Two Rutgers physics professors have proposed an explanation for a new type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium - a theory that may one day lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and levitating high-speed trains.

Posted: Feb 19th, 2013

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Exploring supercapacitors to improve their structure

For the first time, researchers from CNRS and the Université d'Orléans have explored the molecular rearrangements at play in commercially available supercapacitors while in operation. The technique devised by the scientists provides a new tool for optimizing and improving tomorrow's supercapacitors.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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Commercializing graphene - assumptions and realities

A recent interview with Clive Rowland (CEO of the University of Manchester;s Innovation Group) addresses the assumptions about the University's approach and reflects more generally about graphene patenting and about industry up-take of graphene.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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World Economic Forum identifies top 10 emerging technologies for 2013

New challenges need new technologies to tackle them. Here, the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies identifies the top 10 most promising technology trends that can help to deliver sustainable growth in decades to come as global population and material demands on the environment continue to grow rapidly. These are technologies that the Council considers have made development breakthroughs and are nearing large-scale deployment.

Posted: Feb 18th, 2013

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