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Disappearing gold a boon for nanolattices

When gold vanishes from a very important location, it usually means trouble. At the nanoscale, however, it could provide more knowledge about certain types of materials. A recent discovery that enables scientists to replace gold nanoparticles with dummy "spacers" has allowed scientists to create materials with never-before-seen structures, which may lead to new properties.

Jan 27th, 2012

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Kitchen gadget inspires scientist to make more effective plastic electronics

One day in 2010, Rutgers physicist Vitaly Podzorov watched a store employee showcase a kitchen gadget that vacuum-seals food in plastic. The demo stuck with him. The simple concept - an airtight seal around pieces of food - just might apply to his research: developing flexible electronics using lightweight organic semiconductors for products such as video displays or solar cells.

Jan 27th, 2012

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Nothing but air - novel cellulose-silica gel nanocomposite aerogels

Delicate and translucent as a puff of air, yet mechanically stable, flexible, and possessing amazing heat-insulation properties - these are the properties of a new aerogel made of cellulose and silica gel. Researchers have introduced this novel material, which consists almost completely of air.

Jan 27th, 2012

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NT12 abstract submission open

The thirteenth International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes (NT12) will take place from the 24-29 June 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.

Jan 27th, 2012

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Making better memories

Demonstration of a rare combination of electric and magnetic properties in a now readily producible material could improve electronic memory devices.

Jan 27th, 2012

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Graphene can also be used for distilling alcohol

A team led by Andre Geim shows that graphene-based membranes are impermeable to all gases and liquids (vacuum-tight). However, water evaporates through them as quickly as if the membranes were not there at all.

Jan 26th, 2012

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Public interest group welcomes NRC nanomaterial report

The International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) welcomes the findings of a new report by an expert panel yesterday, which concluded that despite the surge of nanomaterials in the marketplace, not enough is known about their potential health and environmental risks.

Jan 26th, 2012

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Berkeley Lab to develop novel materials for hydrogen storage

The biggest challenge with hydrogen-powered fuel cells lies in the storage of hydrogen: how to store enough of it, in a safe and cost-effective manner, to power a vehicle for 300 miles? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is aiming to solve this problem by synthesizing novel materials with high hydrogen adsorption capacities.

Jan 26th, 2012

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nano tech Japan enters its next decade

After celebrating its 10th anniversary last year, nano tech 2012 - The11th International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference will take place from February 15 to February 17, 2012 at the International Exhibition Center Tokyo Big Sight in Japan

Jan 26th, 2012

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The European event on graphene

The organizers of Graphene 2012 are pleased to announce the upcoming International Conference on Graphene to be held in Brussels (Belgium), from April 10-13 at the Brussels44Center.

Jan 26th, 2012

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Speed limit on the quantum highway

A quantum computer based on quantum particles instead of classical bits, can in principle outperform any classical computer. However, it still remains an open question, how fast and how efficient quantum computers really may be able to work. A critical limitation will be given by the velocity with which a quantum signal can spread within a processing unit. For the first time, a group of physicists has succeeded in observing such a process in a solid-state like system.

Jan 26th, 2012

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