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Hey, bacteria, get off of my boat!

Submerge it and they will come. Opportunistic seaweed, barnacles, and bacterial films can quickly befoul almost any underwater surface, but researchers are now using advances in nanotechnology and materials science to design environmentally friendly underwater coatings that repel these biological stowaways.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2011

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The quest for the tiny carbon nanotube

As he tailors one of the world's finest imaging instruments to tackle one of science's most baffling challenges, Tom Flores feels like he's playing a microscopic game of Where's Waldo.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2011

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Zinc oxide microwires improve the performance of light-emitting diodes

Researchers have used zinc oxide microwires to significantly improve the efficiency at which gallium nitride light-emitting diodes (LED) convert electricity to ultraviolet light. The devices are believed to be the first LEDs whose performance has been enhanced by the creation of an electrical charge in a piezoelectric material using the piezo-phototronic effect.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2011

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