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The rise of flexible electronics

The silicon chip took over forty years to approach a $300 billion business today. Now there is a new form of electronics that will hit that figure in half the time because, unlike the silicon chip, it subsumes electrics such as lighting, batteries, solar cells and heaters, not just electronics. It is usually achieved by printing and its most vital characteristic is physical flexibility.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Eisfreie Flugzeuge durch Nanostrukturierung

Wissenschaftler am Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Grenzflaechen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB in Stuttgart haben nanostrukturierte Oberflaechen entwickelt, auf denen Wasser abgestossen wird und sich auch bei Minusgraden nahezu kein Eis bildet.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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New form of carbon proposed

Diamond may have a softer side: T-carbon. This fluffy form of diamond, simulated in a Chinese supercomputer, could be used for a variety of applications - if someone can make the stuff and prove its stability in the real world.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Physicists develop potent packing process

New York University physicists have developed a method for packing microscopic spheres that could lead to improvements in commercial products ranging from pharmaceutical lotions to ice cream.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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Stretched rubber offers simpler method for assembling nanowires

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a cheap and easy method for assembling nanowires, controlling their alignment and density. The researchers hope the findings will foster additional research into a range of device applications using nanowires, from nanoelectronics to nanosensors, especially on unconventional substrates such as rubber, plastic and paper.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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New Master's program "MSc NanoBiosciences and NanoMedicine" in Austria

Nanotechnology is one of the key technologies of the 21st century. It is already of immense significance in medicine as well as industry. Together with the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Danube University Krems has developed a postgraduate Master's program in nanobiosciences and nanomedicine which imparts interdisciplinary and practice-oriented knowledge in this sub-speciality.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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European micro- and nanotechnology companies continue to hire employees

A new survey shows that European companies want to hire more employees again, their sales have risen strongly, they are aiming for new overseas markets and looking out on the new business year with confidence. However, skills shortage and a persistent difficulty to raise capital may eventually restrict the industry's growth.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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Silicon chip "replaces" rare earths

Rare earths are an expensive and necessary component of strong permanent magnets. However, their use for this purpose can be optimised and thereby reduced. This has been demonstrated in computer simulations by a Special Research Program funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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From individual cells to entire bodies, lasers shine

From a single cell to a whole organism, the laser will play an increasingly important role in diagnosing and treating disease. So says a Duke University bioengineer who is using the latest applications of a technology invented 50 years ago to peer into the genetic material of cells, to detect the earliest signs of disease in a single cell, and to non-invasively and optically biopsy tissue inside the body for the tell-tale traces of cancer.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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Quantensimulation mit Licht: Frustration bei der Paarbildung

Quantensysteme werden als frustriert bezeichnet, wenn konkurrierende Wechselwirkungen nicht gleichzeitig befriedigt werden koennen. Einem Forschungsteam der Uni Wien und des Instituts fuer Quantenoptik und Quanteninformation gelang es, erstmals Quanteneffekte von komplexen Vielteilchensystemen zu simulieren.

Posted: Feb 28th, 2011

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