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Physicist bends light waves on surfboards

A University of Exeter scientist is bringing together his passions for Physics and surfing with research that could inspire a host of new technologies. Dr Matt Lockyear is using foam from inside surfboards to make materials that can manipulate light.

Posted: Aug 1st, 2012

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New tissue engineering tool - from microns to centimeters

Imagine a machine that makes layered, substantial patches of engineered tissue - tissue that could be used as grafts for burn victims or vascular patches. Sounds like science fiction? According to researchers at the University of Toronto, it's a growing possibility.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2012

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Quantum spin liquids get a new flavor

Understanding quantum spin liquids is considered by many to be one of the grand challenges of physics and has been the focus of intense research for over 30 years. These exotic states of matter do not follow the classical rules of our everyday world. Instead, the laws of quantum mechanics define and control them, and this makes possible new and extraordinary types of behaviour.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2012

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Decades-old mystery how buckyballs form has been solved

New results shed fundamental light on the self-assembly of carbon networks. The findings should have important implications for carbon nanotechnology and provide insight into the origin of space fullerenes, which are found throughout the universe.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2012

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Microfibers help virus fool the body's immune system

A key challenge in virus-based gene therapy is avoiding detection by the human immune system so that the virus would not be deactivated before it reaches its intended target. Now, researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have succeeded in circumventing the body's own defense mechanism by combining two IBN innovations.

Posted: Jul 31st, 2012

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How to avoid traps in plastic electronics

Plastic electronics hold the promise of cheap, mass-produced devices. But plastic semiconductors have an important flaw: the electronic current is influenced by "charge traps" in the material. These traps, which have a negative impact on plastic light-emitting diodes and solar cells, are poorly understood.

Posted: Jul 30th, 2012

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