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Graphene nanoribbon finding could lead to faster, more efficient electronics

Engineers have discovered a way to grow graphene nanoribbons with desirable semiconducting properties directly on a conventional germanium semiconductor wafer. This breakthrough could allow manufacturers to easily use graphene nanoribbons in hybrid integrated circuits, which promise to significantly boost the performance of next-generation electronic devices.

Posted: Aug 11th, 2015

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New mathematics advances the frontier of macromolecular imaging

To see proteins in their native environment, scientists can blast powerful X-rays at tiny volumes of proteins in solution. Resulting 'diffraction patterns' can then be interpreted to reconstruct information about the protein's molecular structure. An emerging technique called fluctuation X-ray scattering could provide more detail than traditional solution scattering.

Posted: Aug 10th, 2015

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New hydrogel stretches and contracts like a heat-driven muscle

Scientists have developed a new hydrogel that works like an artificial muscle - quickly stretching and contracting in response to changing temperature. They have also managed to use the polymer to build an L-shaped object that slowly walks forward as the temperature is repeatedly raised and lowered.

Posted: Aug 10th, 2015

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