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Engineers invent two-dimensional liquid

Where water and oil meet, a two-dimensional world exists. This interface presents a potentially useful set of properties for chemists and engineers, but getting anything more complex than a soap molecule to stay there and behave predictably remains a challenge. Now, researchers have hown how to do just that. Their 'soft' nanoparticles stick to the plane where oil and water meet, but do not stick to one another.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2015

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Nano-GaN Power Electronic Devices project to convert energy more efficiently

Tyndall National Institute has partnered with US and Northern Irish research institutes to secure 1 million euros in funding to develop new ways of harnessing converted electricity. The Nano-GaN Power Electronic Devices project has the potential to have a global impact across the entire power electronics industry.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2015

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Frustrated magnets - new experiment reveals clues to their discontent

An experiment has revealed an unlikely behavior in a class of materials called frustrated magnets, addressing a long-debated question about the nature of these discontented quantum materials. The work represents a surprising discovery that down the road may suggest new research directions for advanced electronics. The study also someday may help clarify the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity, the frictionless transmission of electricity.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2015

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Nanophotonic coherent imager provides superfine 3-D resolution

Imagine you need to have an almost exact copy of an object. Now imagine that you can just pull your smartphone out of your pocket, take a snapshot with its integrated 3-D imager, send it to your 3-D printer, and within minutes you have reproduced a replica accurate to within microns of the original object. This feat may soon be possible because of a new, tiny high-resolution 3-D imager developed at Caltech.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2015

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