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New muscles for nanorobots (w/video)

The possibility of a doctor using tiny robots in your body to diagnose and treat medical conditions is now one step closer to becoming reality thanks to research led by a team from the University of Wollongong.

Oct 16th, 2011

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Graphene: Piecing it together

In this progress report, the properties of graphene that make it so attractive as a material for electronics is introduced to the reader. The focus then centers on current synthesis strategies for graphene and their weaknesses in terms of electronics applications are highlighted.

Oct 15th, 2011

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Frustration inspires new form of graphene

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new form of graphene that does not stack. The new material - inspired by a trash can full of crumpled-up papers - is made by crumpling the graphene sheets into balls.

Oct 14th, 2011

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A hidden order unraveled - microscopic views on quantum fluctuations

Fluctuations are fundamental to many physical phenomena in our everyday life, such as the phase transitions from a liquid into a gas or from a solid into a liquid. But even at absolute zero temperature, where all motion in the classical world is frozen out, special quantum mechanical fluctuations prevail that can drive the transition between two quantum phases. Researchers have now succeeded in directly observing such quantum fluctuations.

Oct 14th, 2011

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Swedish-Italian workshop on nanoscience and medical technology

The event, held on September 29-30 in Stockholm, was quite timely in view of the forthcoming calls for European projects, in particular the 7th EU Framework Programme in the fields of Health and Nanotechnology, with deadlines for proposal submission in November-December 2011.

Oct 14th, 2011

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Watching electrons in molecules

A research group led by ETH Zurich has now, for the first time, visualized the motion of electrons during a chemical reaction. The new findings in the experiment are of fundamental importance for photochemistry and could also assist the design of more efficient solar cells.

Oct 14th, 2011

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Packing in six times more storage density with the help of table salt

Researchers have developed a process that can increase the data recording density of hard disks to 3.3 Terabit/in2, six times the recording density of current models. The key ingredient in the much enhanced patterning method that he pioneered is sodium chloride, the chemical grade of regular table salt.

Oct 14th, 2011

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Splitting spin to get ahead

A bismuth-based semiconducting material could enable control of electron spin, a crucial requirement for advancing novel devices.

Oct 14th, 2011

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