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Ultra-thin transistors spread like butter on toast

Like spreading a thin layer of butter on toast, Cornell scientists have helped develop a novel process of spreading extremely thin organic transistors, and used synchrotron X-rays to watch how the films crystallize.

Posted: Apr 18th, 2013

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A new twist for quantum systems

Physicists at ETH Zurich have developed a method for precisely controlling quantum systems by exploiting a trick that helps cats to land on their feet and motorists to fit their cars into parking spots. In the longer run, the method could lead to the development of more reliable quantum computers.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Nanopatterning study pushes regenerative medicine another step forward

Researchers at the MIRA research institute have succeeded in imprinting microscopically small shapes on the surfaces of miniscule fibres. They were able to create all kinds of patterns on the surfaces of fibres just six micrometres in diameter. These fibres can be used to steer stem cell development in a specific direction.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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How smart are your clothes?

New research from Concordia University now brings the future of fashion into focus by taking a closer look at the next quantum leap in textile design: computerized fabrics that change their colour and their shape in response to movement.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Nanocages for applications in chemistry, biology and medicine

Scientists have developed a new type of nanoparticle with potential applications in chemistry, biology and medicine. The findings could potentially be used to deliver bioactive molecules, such as drugs, to cells and eventually diseased tissues in the body.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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MXenes - novel two-dimensional materials to improve battery technology

Researchers at Drexel University recently reported on the discovery of a new family of two-dimensional materials called 'MXenes'. The materials' structures are similar to graphene, with which they share many properties, including good electrical conductivity and potential applications in energy storage. Now, Drexel researchers have demonstrated several new possible avenues for practical applications of MXenes.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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Relativistic tunnelling

The time a particle takes to tunnel through a barrier in quantum mechanics is obviously longer than many physicists assumed so far. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg showed evidence that tunnelling takes a very brief but finite and measureable time. This is the result of their theoretical study on an electron that tunnels out of an atom in an intense laser field while being accelerated up near to the speed of light.

Posted: Apr 17th, 2013

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New microbatteries are the most powerful on the planet

Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start a dead car battery - and then recharge the phone in the blink of an eye.

Posted: Apr 16th, 2013

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