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Quantum knowledge cools computers

Research without supercomputers is unimaginable nowadays. However, they increasingly represent an energy problem. Every single computer operation, especially deleting data, converts electrical energy into heat. For this reason, the latest research results by a team of physicists from Switzerland, England and Singapore deserve careful attention: under certain conditions, cold is generated instead of heat when deleting data. The only condition is that the content of the memory must be known "more than completely" during the deletion process. This is possible provided the so-called quantum-mechanical entanglement is included, since such entanglement carries more information than a classical copy of the data.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Nanoforum 2011 to take place in Rome on September 14-15, 2011

The seventh edition of nanoforum will take place on September 14-15, 2011, at Sapienza University of Rome. This event represents an excellent opportunity to get informed about the state of the art of nanotechnologies in Italy and abroad and to learn about the latest industrial applications, thanks to a large conference program and a specialized expo area.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Safety of nanoparticles in food crops is still unclear

With the curtain about to rise on a much-anticipated new era of "nanoagriculture" - using nanotechnology to boost the productivity of plants for food, fuel, and other uses - scientists are reporting a huge gap in knowledge about the effects of nanoparticles on corn, tomatoes, rice and other food crops.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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RUSNANO invests in MEMS

RUSNANO co-invests in the development of electronic components for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for use in sensors, computing and telecommunications equipment. American company SiTime Corporation, an industry leader in development of MEMS-based high-performance oscillators and silicon timing solutions, is its partner in the endeavor.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Measuring the 'heartbeat' of a gold nanoparticle

Even tiny gold nanoparticles, with a diameter of only 40 millionths of a millimeter, have something like a heartbeat. When focusing a short laser pulse on the particles they heat up very briefly and start to vibrate. But, even the best microscopes can not resolve these nanoparticles, which are therefore very difficult to study.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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From seawater to freshwater with a nanotechnology filter

In this month's Physics World, Jason Reese, Weir Professor of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at the University of Strathclyde, describes the role that carbon nanotubes could play in the desalination of water, providing a possible solution to the problem of the world's ever-growing population demanding more and more fresh drinking water.

Posted: Jun 1st, 2011

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Stamping out low cost nanodevices

A simple technique for stamping patterns invisible to the human eye onto a special class of nanomaterials provides a new, cost-effective way to produce novel devices in areas ranging from drug delivery to solar cells.

Posted: May 31st, 2011

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Team solves decades-old molecular mystery linked to blood clotting

Blood clotting is a complicated business, particularly for those trying to understand how the body responds to injury. In a new study, researchers report that they are the first to describe in atomic detail a chemical interaction that is vital to blood clotting. This interaction - between a clotting factor and a cell membrane - has baffled scientists for decades.

Posted: May 31st, 2011

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French-German Materials Research Institute (ISL) labelled CARNOT Institute

The French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL) associated within the network MICA (Materials Institute Carnot Alsace) to 8 Alsatian public laboratories and 7 so called CRITT / Regional Centres for Innovation and Technology Transfer) has been labelled CARNOT-Institute by the French Ministry of Research on 28 April 2011. This accreditation of its expert group for material sciences as Carnot Institute is an important step to the valorisation of ISL material research results.

Posted: May 31st, 2011

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Researchers create nanoscale waveguide for future photonics

The creation of a new quasiparticle called the "hybrid plasmon polariton" may throw open the doors to integrated photonic circuits and optical computing for the 21st century. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated the first true nanoscale waveguides for next generation on-chip optical communication systems.

Posted: May 31st, 2011

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