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Supercomputing time awarded to design transformational lithium air battery

The Department of Energy announced today that 24 million hours of supercomputing time out of a total of 1.6 billion available hours at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories have been awarded to investigate materials for developing lithium air batteries, capable of powering a car for 500 miles on a single charge.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Single photons observed at seemingly faster-than-light speeds

Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland at College Park, can speed up photons (particles of light) to seemingly faster-than-light speeds through a stack of materials by adding a single, strategically placed layer.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Engineered metamaterials enable remarkably small antennas

In an advance that might interest Q-Branch, the gadget makers for James Bond, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that are highly efficient and yet a fraction of the size of standard antenna systems with comparable properties.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Where droplets gently touch a membrane

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have described mathematically why some vesicles constrict to form a figure-eight shape. As part of this process, they have established that this constriction differs in its details to what was previously thought, and that its shape is dependent on the material characteristics of the components involved.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Large current to flow with zero resistance

How can one increase the maximum current which can flow in a superconductor without any resistance? Counter-intuitively the answer in some circumstances is to increase the dissipation (i.e. the energy losses) in the superconductor.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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Breakthrough for the super material graphene

Graphene produced using a method developed at Linkoeping University is now being used as part of a study at Chalmers University of Technology, where it has been shown that graphene maintains the same high quality as silicon, thus paving the way for large-scale production.

Posted: Jan 26th, 2010

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