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What makes a better nanoscale solar collector, quantum dot or nanowire?

A trio of researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota have turned to computer modeling to help decide which of two competing materials should get its day in the sun as the nanoscale energy-harvesting technology of future solar panels - quantum dots or nanowires.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Breakthrough in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago - known as Moore's Law - to continue well into the future, allowing for increasingly faster electronics, from supercomputers to laptops to smartphones.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Graphene industry to focus on low hanging fruits

The graphene industry is moving beyond the hype and is focusing on realistic low hanging fruits. The production methods are fast improving, making volume production at competitive prices possible in the medium term. Most suppliers are fast moving up the value chain to focus on higher value added products such as master-batches or inks.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Graphene with aroma

New production method broadens the perspectives for an improved use of the graphene - many different forms are possible.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Mass producing pocket labs

There is certainly no shortage of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices, but in most cases manufacturers have not yet found a cost-effective way to mass produce them. Scientists are now developing a platform for series production of these pocket laboratories.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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Nano-dwarves turn tumor assassins

Chemotherapy is often preferred for fighting cancer, but its side effects can be considerable. A new technique may reduce these in future: nanoparticle-encapsulated substances could kill off tumor cells selectively. This will be easier on patients.

Posted: Oct 1st, 2013

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The world's sharpest X-ray beam shines at DESY

The world's sharpest X-ray beam shines at DESY. At the X-ray light source PETRA III, scientists generated a beam with a diameter of barely 5 nanometres. This fine beam of X-ray light allows focusing on smallest details.

Posted: Sep 30th, 2013

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