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New frontier: Chips transfer data at light speed

The computer industry is nearing a crisis: microchips get smaller and faster but they struggle to transfer data at sufficient speeds. Electrons flowing through standard chip connections are just too slow. Now EU-funded researchers have shown how chips with built-in lasers which use multiple wavelengths of light could in the future transmit data at terabit speeds.

Apr 12th, 2012

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Probing the history of nanotechnology

Scanning probe microscopes feature prominently in the history of nanotechnology but, as a recent book on the subject makes clear, this history could have been very different.

Apr 11th, 2012

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How to turn a living snail into a power source

The world's first "electrified snail" has joined the menagerie of cockroaches, rats, rabbits and other animals previously implanted with biofuel cells that generate electricity - perhaps for future spy cameras, eavesdropping microphones and other electronics - from natural sugar in their bodies.

Apr 11th, 2012

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Nontoxic nanosheets could turn waste heat into power

Cornell materials scientists have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of synthesizing oxide crystal sheets, just nanometers thick, which have useful properties for electronics and alternative energy applications.

Apr 11th, 2012

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