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Nanoscopic investigation shows why van Gogh paintings lose their shine

Scientists have identified a complex chemical reaction responsible for the degradation of two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and other artists of the late 19th century. This discovery is a first step to understanding how to stop the bright yellow colours of van Gogh's most famous paintings from being covered by a brown shade, and fading over time.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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Jewel-toned organic phosphorescent crystals: A new class of light-emitting material

Pure organic compounds that glow in jewel tones could potentially lead to cheaper, more efficient and flexible display screens, among other applications. University of Michigan researcher Jinsang Kim and his colleagues have developed a new class of material that shines with phosphorescence - a property that has previously been seen only in non-organic compounds or organometallics.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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easyJet tests nanotechnology for fuel efficiency

easyJet, the UK's largest airline, today announced that it is the first commercial airline to trial a revolutionary nanotechnology coating on its aircraft aimed at reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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Spray-on solar panels

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers are creating solar cells that are light, flexible, efficient and - often the biggest obstacle - affordable.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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New implantable sensor finds telltale signs of heart attack

During about 30 percent of all heart attacks, the patient experiences no symptoms. However, unmistakable signs of the attack remain in the bloodstream for days. MIT researchers, working with Massachusetts General Hospital's Cardiovascular Research Center, have now designed a tiny implant that can detect those signs, which could help doctors more rapidly determine whether a patient has had a heart attack.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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Nanotechnology could pave the way for hydrogen fuels

EADS Innovation Works, the Group's corporate research arm, is working with university researchers to find a new solid state storage system for hydrogen. This technology would make it possible to use hydrogen as a clean alternative to traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels in aeroplane and car engines.

Posted: Feb 14th, 2011

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New nanomaterials are good news for next-generation electronic devices

In a new study, researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and from the materials division of Australia's University of Queensland show the promise of surface-conduction channels in topological insulator nanoribbons made of bismuth telluride and demonstrate that surface states in these nanoribbons are "tunable" - able to be turned on and off depending on the position of the Fermi level.

Posted: Feb 13th, 2011

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Researchers discover a new class of magic atomic clusters called superhalogens

An international team of researchers has discovered a new class of magnetic superhalogens - a class of atomic clusters able to exhibit unusual stability at a specific size and composition, which may be used to advance materials science by allowing scientists to create a new class of salts with magnetic and super-oxidizing properties not previously found.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2011

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