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Research on nano-mechanics gains ground at Max-Planck

The Max Planck Institute for Iron Research has established a new department "Structure and Nano-/Micromechanics of Materials" that aims at understanding the local mechanical properties of materials by employing mechanical testing and microstructural characterization methods with high spatial resolution.

Posted: Dec 7th, 2012

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Silver nanocubes make super light absorbers

Microscopic metallic cubes could unleash the enormous potential of metamaterials to absorb light, leading to more efficient and cost-effective large-area absorbers for sensors or solar cells, Duke University researchers have found.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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World's smallest reaction chamber

Scientists from New Zealand, Austria and the UK have created the world's smallest reaction chamber, with a mixing volume that can be measured in femtolitres (million billionths of a litre).

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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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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