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Copper, gold and tin for efficient chips

With gold, copper or tin and special galvanizing processes, scientists are improving the function of semi-conductors and making the manufacture of microelectronic systems a child's play. Especially the LED industry could profit from this.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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Flexible silicon solar-cell fabrics may soon become possible

For the first time, a silicon-based optical fiber with solar-cell capabilities has been developed that has been shown to be scalable to many meters in length. The research opens the door to the possibility of weaving together solar-cell silicon wires to create flexible, curved, or twisted solar fabrics.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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Micro fuel cells made of glass - power for your iPad?

Engineers at Yale University have developed a new breed of micro fuel cell that could serve as a long-lasting, low-cost, and eco-friendly power source for portable electronic devices, such as tablet computers, smart phones, and remote sensors.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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NASA investigates use of graphene for new nanosensors

Tiny sensors - made of a potentially trailblazing material just one atom thick and heralded as the "next best thing" since the invention of silicon - are now being developed to detect trace elements in Earth's upper atmosphere and structural flaws in spacecraft.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2012

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New discovery promises transistors 10,000 faster than today's

A discovery that promises transistors - the fundamental part of all modern electronics - controlled by laser pulses that will be 10,000 faster than today's fastest transistors has been made by a Georgia State University professor and international researchers.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2012

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Next scientific fashion could be designer nanocrystals

Three University of Chicago chemistry professors hope that their separate research trajectories will converge to create a new way of assembling what they call "designer atoms" into materials with a broad array of potentially useful properties and functions.

Posted: Dec 5th, 2012

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