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Artificial 'cricket hair' sensor uncovers hidden signals

An 'artificial cricket hair' used as a sensitive flow sensor has difficulty detecting weak, low-frequency signals - they tend to be drowned out by noise. But now, a bit of clever tinkering with the flexibility of the tiny hair's supports has made it possible to boost the signal-to-noise ratio by a factor of 25.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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Promising material for lithium-ion batteries

Researchers have synthesized a novel framework structure consisting of boron and silicon, which could be suitable as an electrode material. Similar to the carbon atoms in diamond, the boron and silicon atoms in the novel lithium borosilicide are interconnected tetrahedrally. But unlike the diamond they form additional channels.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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ETPN White Paper 2013 'Contribution of Nanomedicine to Horizon 2020'

This strategic document provides a set of key recommendations for the European Commission and the EU Member States to create a favourable ecosystem for the successful deployment of Nanomedicine in Europe. It lays thereby the groundwork to manage the efficient translation of nanotechnology from a Key Enabling Technology (KET) into new and innovative medical products.

Posted: Jun 6th, 2013

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