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Nanogenerators grow strong enough to power small conventional electronics

Blinking numbers on a liquid-crystal display (LCD) often indicate that a device's clock needs resetting. But in the laboratory of Zhong Lin Wang at Georgia Tech, the blinking number on a small LCD signals the success of a five-year effort to power conventional electronic devices with nanoscale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Scientists develop green technique to transform carbon dioxide into useful compounds

Scientists at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have reported another breakthrough in their quest to develop green technologies for pharmaceuticals synthesis. They have devised a new environmentally friendly technique to transform carbon dioxide, an abundant and renewable carbon source, into highly functionalized propiolic acids, which are basic building blocks for the synthesis of a wide range of pharmaceuticals such as cholesterol-reducing drugs and peptidomimetic and other small molecule inhibitors that may be used, for example, to kill cancer cells.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Two Berkeley Lab scientists win PECASE award

Two scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) were among the 85 researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on early-career researchers.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Graphene gets a Teflon makeover

University of Manchester scientists have created a new material which could replace or compete with Teflon in thousands of everyday applications.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Quantum memory for communication networks of the future

Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in storing quantum information using two 'entangled' light beams. Quantum memory or information storage is a necessary element of future quantum communication networks.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Graphene: Singles and the few

A timely review analyzing the correlation of synthesis methods and physical properties of single-layer and few-layered graphene flakes.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Plasma as a fast optical switch

Just like an electrical switch allows the flow of electricity into electrical circuits, relativistic transparency in plasma can act like a fast optical switch allowing the flow of light through otherwise opaque plasma.

Nov 8th, 2010

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Nanotechnology exhaust gas catalyst has 10x higher thermal agglomeration resistance than conventional materials

A research team at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) in Japan has developed an exhaust gas catalyst material with approximately 10 times greater thermal agglomeration resistance than conventional materials. This dramatic improvement in thermal agglomeration resistance opens the road to a large reduction in the amount of rare metals used in exhaust gas purification technologies.

Nov 8th, 2010

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