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Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength

Life may seem precarious for the sea sponge known as Venus' flower basket. Tiny, hair-like appendages made essentially of glass are all that hold the creatures to their seafloor homes. But fear not for these creatures of the deep. Those tiny lifelines, called basalia spicules, are fine-tuned for strength.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2015

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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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