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Engineers produce the world's smallest Christmas card

It wouldn't look good on the mantelpiece and is bound to get lost in the post - it's the world's smallest Christmas card. Invisible to the naked eye, the card is so small that 8276 of them could fit on an area the size of a first class stamp.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2010

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Milestone: A methane-metal marriage

For the first time, chemists have succeeded in plugging a metal atom into a methane gas molecule, thereby creating a new compound that could be a key in opening up new production processes for the chemical industry, especially for the synthesis of organic compounds, which in turn might have implications for drug development.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2010

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Better control of building blocks for quantum computer

Scientists from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands have succeeded in controlling the building blocks of a future super-fast quantum computer. They are now able to manipulate these building blocks (qubits) with electrical rather than magnetic fields, as has been the common practice up till now.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2010

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DARPA funds partnership between Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics and University of Washington for triple boost to miniaturization efforts

Advances in miniaturisation have led to the increasing adoption of microsystems in a wide array of applications. Continued miniaturisation, however, impacts the assembly of the components, the integration of passive components and overall system performance. To address these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding a research collaboration between the Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering.

Posted: Dec 23rd, 2010

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Eindhoven University builds affordable alternative to mega-laser X-FEL

Stanford University in the USA has an X-FEL (X-ray Free Electron Laser) with a pricetag of hundreds of millions. It provides images of 'molecules in action', using a kilometer-long electron accelerator. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have developed an alternative that can do many of the same things. However this alternative fits on a tabletop, and costs around half a million euro.

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2010

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EU funds project to explore atomic scale and single-molecule logic gate technologies

On January 1, 2011, the European project AtMol will be officially launched for 4 years. AtMol is to open the atomic scale era of molecular computing integrating state of the art atomic scale technologies, new quantum architectures with multi-scale interconnection and packaging techniques for a single molecule to compute and be packaged into a molecular chip.

Posted: Dec 22nd, 2010

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