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Self-healing membranes - nature shows the way

Empa researchers have borrowed this trick from nature and developed a polymer foam surface coating with a closed cell construction which not only reduces the pressure loss after the membrane is damaged but also makes the inflatable structure more resistant and giving it a longer operational life.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2011

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Bimetallic nanoantenna separates colours of light

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have built a very simple nanoantenna that directs red and blue colours in opposite directions, even though the antenna is smaller than the wavelength of light.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2011

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GCEP awards $3.5 million for energy research

Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Controlling silicon evaporation improves graphene

Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have for the first time provided details of their "confinement controlled sublimation" technique for growing high-quality layers of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide wafers. The technique relies on controlling the vapor pressure of gas-phase silicon in the high-temperature furnace used for fabricating the material.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Research highlights advances in nano-optics - nanoplasmonics and metamaterials

Light-matter interaction at the nanometer scale has turned into a very fast-growing field of research known as nano-optics. To highlight breakthroughs in the specific areas of nano-optics known as nanoplasmonics and metamaterials, the editors of the Optical Society's open-access journal Optical Materials Express have published a special Focus Issue on Nanoplasmonics and Metamaterials.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Tools of the trade: Diamonds are forever... for focusing intense x-rays

Diamonds can add more than sparkle and style to X-ray experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source. They are giving scientists a way to focus the LCLS's powerful X-rays to a much tinier, brighter point without destroying the very device that does the focusing, according to a report from the Swiss team that created the new diamond-based technology.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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The next generation of switchable glass: the micro-blinds

The National Research Council, Canada is developing an innovative technology for smart glass with possible applications in sectors such as building, aircraft, automotive and displays. The micro-blinds are actuated by electrostatic forces; they allow the dynamic control of light transmission at remarkable speed and could lead to major energy savings in buildings. The idea is based on a cost-efficient manufacturing scheme.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize 2010/2011 goes to Stefan Hell

On Friday, September 16, 2011, Stefan W. Hell, head of the Department of NanoBiophotonics at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, received the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Prize "for his groundbreaking development of light microscopy and its applications in biological settings".

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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IV International Nanotechnology Forum RUSNANOTECH 2011 will be held on October 26-28

RUSNANOTECH Forum is one of the central events of the year in the field of innovation in Russia. Traditionally, the event is attended by leading politicians, scientists and heads of major domestic and foreign companies. The Forum is focused on the main trends of global scientific and technological development and the advanced experience of innovative development commercialization.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2011

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