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Meet the pioneers of future and emerging technology

The European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme encourages unconventional match-ups like chemistry and IT, physics and optics, biology and data engineering. Researchers funded by FET are driven by ideas and a sense of purpose which push the boundaries of science and technology.

Feb 10th, 2012

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FLEXI Award winners for flexible electronics announced

FlexTech Alliance announced the recipients of the 2012 FLEXI Awards. FLEXI nominations are open to all organizations involved with the flexible, printed electronics and displays industry. The awards celebrate and recognize people, companies and organizations that are leading the development of this emerging industry with innovative and commercially viable technologies.

Feb 10th, 2012

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Engineers build 'no-waste' nanolaser

A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, "thresholdless" laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste.

Feb 10th, 2012

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Nanospots - Das Nano-Kurzfilm-Festival

Innovativ, wissenschaftlich und kreativ - die Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg und die science2public starten einen neuen Wettbewerb: die nano-Spots! Nano-Wissenschaftler werden zu Regisseuren, animierte Bildfolgen aus dem Nanokosmos zu spannenden Kurzfilmen. Gefoerdert wird das Ganze von der VolkswagenStiftung.

Feb 10th, 2012

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A quantum connection between light and mechanics

Researchers have demonstrated a microscopic system in which light can be converted into a mechanical oscillation and back. This interaction is so strong that it becomes possible to control the motion of the oscillator at the level where quantum mechanics governs its behavior.

Feb 10th, 2012

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Materials that shrink when heated

Controlling the thermal expansion of composites is important for producing nanometer-scale electronic circuits, as well as the next-generation fuel cells and thermoelectric devices. An ability to combine negative thermal expansion materials with 'normal' materials which expand upon heating ensures a reduction in thermal expansion in a composite material.

Feb 9th, 2012

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A potential low cost alternative to platinum for splitting water

A technique for creating a new molecule that structurally and chemically replicates the active part of the widely used industrial catalyst molybdenite has been developed. This technique holds promise for the creation of catalytic materials that can serve as effective low-cost alternatives to platinum for generating hydrogen gas from water that is acidic.

Feb 9th, 2012

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Quantum microphone captures extremely weak sound

Scientists from Chalmers have demonstrated a new kind of detector for sound at the level of quietness of quantum mechanics. The result offers prospects of a new class of quantum hybrid circuits that mix acoustic elements with electrical ones, and may help illuminate new phenomena of quantum physics.

Feb 9th, 2012

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