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Scientists solve timing problem in molecular modeling

A theoretical physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a method for calculating the motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over a wider range of time scales than previously possible.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2009

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Lasers polish metal surfaces with nanoscale precision

Polishing metal surfaces is a demanding but monotonous task, and it is difficult to find qualified young specialists. Polishing machines do not represent an adequate alternative because they cannot get to difficult parts of the surface. A new solution is provided by laser polishers.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2009

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High-energy nanocomposite materials for next-generation magnets

The University of Delaware has won a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) to lead a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research project to develop the next generation of high-performance permanent magnets.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2009

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Breakthrough in industrial-scale nanotube processing

Rice University scientists today unveiled a method for the industrial-scale processing of pure carbon-nanotube fibers that could lead to revolutionary advances in materials science, power distribution and nanoelectronics. The result of a nine-year program, the method builds upon tried-and-true processes that chemical firms have used for decades to produce plastics.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2009

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The science of invisibility cloaks

Thanks to The Royal Society's Theo Murphy Blue Skies Award, Professor Ulf Leonhardt, who holds the Chair in Theoretical Physics at The University of St Andrews, will spend the next two years working on a blueprint for a cloaking device.

Posted: Nov 2nd, 2009

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