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To rid water of salt, researchers tap graphene and computing

Guided by advanced molecular modeling on supercomputers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists are investigating ways to turn atom-thick carbon layers into membranes for a new and improved desalination method in places with inadequate fresh water.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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Recyclable electronics: Just add hot water

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), along with partners In2Tec Ltd (UK) and Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd, have developed a printed circuit board (PCB) whose components can be easily separated by immersion in hot water.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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OLED vs LED lighting

The latest devolopments in the OLED lighting space will be one of the major topics at the forthcoming Printed Electronics USA 2012 conference. The event focuses on the commercialization of the technology, covering broadly organic, inorganic, thin film and flexible nanotechnologies.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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New technique connects multi-walled carbon nanotubes

Using a new method for precisely controlling the deposition of carbon, researchers have demonstrated a technique for connecting multi-walled carbon nanotubes to the metallic pads of integrated circuits without the high interface resistance produced by traditional fabrication techniques.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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The hunt for electron holes: A molecular glance on solar water splitting

An international team of researchers led by Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have now gained in-depth insights into the electronic structure of an iron oxide electrode - while it was in operation. This opens up new possibilities for an affordable hydrogen production from solar energy.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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Fluorescent pH-sensitive nanoparticles indicate bacterial growth

Researchers have introduced a new method for monitoring the growth of bacteria: The fluorescence of nanoparticles embedded in an agarose growth medium changes significantly when the pH value changes because of bacterial metabolism. This can be monitored in real time with a simple digital camera.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2012

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How silver turns people blue

Ingesting silver - in antimicrobial health tonics or for extensive medical treatments involving silver - can cause argyria, condition in which the skin turns grayish-blue. Brown researchers have discovered how that happens.

Posted: Oct 29th, 2012

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