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Plastic nanofibers made from waste cooking oil

Bioplastics that are naturally synthesized by microbes could be made commercially viable by using waste cooking oil as a starting material. This would reduce environmental contamination and also give high-quality plastics suitable for medical implants.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2012

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X-rays reveal spin waves in two-dimensional high-temperature superconductors

Physicists have revealed key quantum characteristics of high-temperature superconductors, demonstrating new experimental methods and breaking fundamental ground on these mysterious materials. In a surprising discovery, researchers found that the spin waves present in complete, three-dimensional samples survived all the way down to the atomic level.

Posted: Sep 3rd, 2012

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New research grant connects the dots to renewable energy future

Svetlana Kilina, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at North Dakota State University, Fargo, has received a $750,000 five-year award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program. Funding will be used to conduct research outlined in Dr. Kilina's proposal titled "Modeling of Photoexcited Process at Interfaces of Functionalized Quantum Dots".

Posted: Aug 31st, 2012

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A new, less expensive nanolithography technique

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new nanolithography technique that is less expensive than other approaches and can be used to create technologies with biomedical applications.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2012

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Nobel metal nanoparticles have potential as biofuel catalysts

Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around the world looking for advances in such fields as biomedicine and catalysts.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2012

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Photonic interactions at the atomic level

By measuring the unique properties of light on the scale of a single atom, researchers from Duke University and Imperial College, London, believe that they have characterized the limits of the ability of metals to be used in devices that rely on the enhancement of light.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2012

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Nanoelectromechanical resonators might improve cell phone performance

Researchers have learned how to mass produce tiny mechanical devices that could help cell phone users avoid the nuisance of dropped calls and slow downloads. The devices are designed to ease congestion over the airwaves to improve the performance of cell phones and other portable devices.

Posted: Aug 30th, 2012

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