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New math tools for new materials

A mathematician presents a new tool for understanding how energy waves move through complex materials, opening up possibilities to design materials that absorb or bend energy as desired.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2016

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New ultra-thin semiconductor could extend life of Moore's Law

Following a decade of intensive research into graphene and two-dimensional materials a new semiconductor material shows potential for the future of super-fast electronics. The new semiconductor named Indium Selenide (InSe) is only a few atoms thick, similarly to graphene.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2016

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Watching how plants make oxygen

In a new study, an international team of researchers made significant progress in visualizing the process how plants split water to produce oxygen.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2016

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New solution for making 2-D nanomaterials

Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials have been made by dissolving layered materials in liquids, according to new research. The liquids can be used to apply the 2D nanomaterials over large areas and at low costs, enabling a variety of important future applications.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2016

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A nanoparticle boost for solar-powered water heating

Scientists analytically studied the optical absorption efficiency of a TiN nanoparticle and found that it has a broad and strong absorption peak thanks to lossy plasmonic resonances. Surprisingly, the sunlight absorption efficiency of a TiN nanoparticle outperforms that of a carbon nanoparticle and a gold nanoparticle.

Posted: Nov 21st, 2016

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World's fastest gas detector

Using new photonics technology, European scientists are developing a multi-gas detector that can spot dozens of harmful emissions with a single sensor in milliseconds, delivering a breakthrough for the prevention climate change.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2016

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Engineers make nanoscale 'muscles' powered by DNA

By carefully incorporating strands of custom DNA into different layers of flexible films, researchers can force those films to bend, curl and even flip over by introducing the right DNA cue. They could also reverse these changes by way of different DNA cues.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2016

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