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'Sifting' liquid at the molecular level with carbon nanotubes

Drexel University engineers continue to drive research into the use of carbon nanotubes, straw-like structures that are more than 1,000 times thinner than a single human hair. Their most recent development uses the tiny tubes to separate liquids within a solution.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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Cleaning with sunlight

The sun breaks through the clouds - and surfaces start cleaning themselves! It may sound like magic, but in fact it's all thanks to the addition of titanium dioxide molecules. Activated by UV light, they trigger a reaction which destroys bacteria, algae and fungi, keeping items such as the armrests of garden chairs nice and clean.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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World record: Aerographite is the lightest material in the world

A network of porous carbon tubes that is three-dimensionally interwoven at nano and micro level - this is the lightest material in the world. It weights only 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimetre, and is therefore 75 times lighter than Styrofoam, but it is very strong nevertheless.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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Funding boost for super microchip

Griffith University's Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre has been awarded $1 million in research funding by the State government to develop production processes for a silicon carbide microchip.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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Smart blister packaging for pharmaceuticals

Holst Centre and Qolpac have announced to extend their partnership to develop existing smart blister technology for high-volume pharmaceutical applications. Together, the new partners will extend Holst Centre's existing thin-foil smart blister technology to create intelligent tablet packaging that actively helps people adhere to medication regimes.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry

We are witnessing a rapid multiplication of available conductive materials for printed and large area electronics on the market. The different materials distinguish themselves by their conductivity, particle size, curing conditions, availability and cost. New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry will be one of the main topics at the Printed Electronics Asia event, which will take place on October 2-3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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