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Versatile polymer film synthesis method invented

Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis method that may help make these materials useful for applications ranging from catalysis to bioengineering.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2013

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Light that moves and molds gels

Researchers have demonstrated a biomimetic response using hydrogels - a material that constitutes most contact lenses and microfluidic or fluid-controlled technologies. Their study is the first to show that these gels can be both reconfigured and controlled by light, undergoing self-sustained motion - a uniquely biomimetic behavior.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2013

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Catching cancer early by chasing it

Reaching a clinic in time to receive an early diagnosis for cancer - when the disease is most treatable - is a global problem. And now a team of Chinese researchers proposes a global solution: have a user-friendly diagnostic device travel to the patient, anywhere in the world.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2013

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Saws made of nanocarbon

More material could be saved when manufacturing wafers in future. Ultra-thin saws made of carbon nanotubes and diamond would be able to cut through silicon wafers with minimum kerf loss. A new method makes it possible to manufacture the saw wires.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2013

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Improving heat removal qualities of graphene

Three Bourns College of Engineering professors at the University of California, Riverside have received a three-year, $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further study the thermal properties of graphene, which is expected to lead to new approaches for the removal of heat from advanced electronic and optoelectronic devices.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2013

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