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Origami inspires research into materials that self-assemble when exposed to light (w/ video)

A multi-university research team led by North Carolina State University will be developing methods to create two-dimensional (2-D) materials capable of folding themselves into three-dimensional (3-D) objects when exposed to light. The effort, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is inspired by origami and has a broad range of potential applications.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Novel technique to synthesize nanocrystals that harvest solar energy

Materials that harvest solar radiation for energy often overheat or degrade over time; this reduces their viability to compete with other renewable energy sources like wind or hydroelectric generators. A new video protocol addresses these issues by presenting a synthesis of two inorganic nanocrystals, each of which is more durable than their organic counterparts.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Novel microscopy method offers sharper view of brain's neural network

Light-sheet based microscopy (LSM), also known as single plane illumination microscopy (SPIM), is a state-of-the-art microscope imaging method in which a biological sample is illuminated with a thin sheet of light - provided by a laser beam narrowed to just a few microns across - coming from the side rather than from above or below as with traditional light sources.

Posted: Aug 23rd, 2012

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Future memory

Ferroelectric materials could bring down cost of cloud computing and electronic devices.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2012

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Carbon nanotubes can to be toxic to aquatic animals

A joint study by the University of Missouri and United States Geological Survey found that they can be toxic to aquatic animals. The researchers urge that care be taken to prevent the release of CNTs into the environment as the materials enter mass production.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2012

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