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Wax-filled nanotechnology yarn behaves like powerful, super-strong muscle (w/ Video)

New artificial muscles made from nanotech yarns and infused with paraffin wax can lift more than 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85 times more mechanical power than the same size natural muscle, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and their international team from Australia, China, South Korea, Canada and Brazil.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2012

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A new technology for semiconductor film production on highly liquid-repellent surfaces

A novel push coating technique that uses an original silicone rubber stamp having a trilayer structure has been developed. The technique enables highly efficient use of materials, improvement in thin-film crystallinity, and high resolution patterning. The findings should considerably accelerate the research and development of flexible electronic devices.

Posted: Nov 15th, 2012

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Researchers demonstrate technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes

Researchers from the University of Southern California and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes with identical structures, a process they liken to "cloning" the nanotubes. If it can be suitably scaled up, their approach could solve an important materials problem in nanoelectronics: producing carbon nanotubes of a specific structure to order.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2012

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Making nanofluidic devices using paper and scissors

Sometimes simplicity is best. Two Northwestern University researchers have discovered a remarkably easy way to make nanofluidic devices: using paper and scissors. And they can cut a device into any shape and size they want, adding to the method's versatility.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2012

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Nanoscale diamond tips improve nanomanufacturing

One of the key challenges has been the reliability of the nanometer-scale tips, especially with performing nano-writing on hard, semiconductor surfaces. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, and Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc., have created a new type of nano-tip for thermal processing, which is made entirely out of diamond.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2012

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