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Researchers bend light through waveguides in colloidal crystals

Researchers have achieved optical waveguiding of near-infrared light through features embedded in self-assembled, three-dimensional photonic crystals. Applications for the optically active crystals include low-loss waveguides, low-threshold lasers and on-chip optical circuitry.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2008

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Democratizing technology: Be careful what you wish for

One currently popular response to rapid technological evolution is to call for 'the democratization of technology.' Among other things, this approach calls for increased awareness and sensitivity of technologists to the social implications of their work, and greater efforts to include society in decisions regarding the particular structure and deployment of various technologies.

Posted: Jan 7th, 2008

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Nanotechnology to pervade automobiles

Nanotechnology would soon have a pervasive effect on automotive products and manufacturing processes in the automobile industry, said Hyderabad-based International Advanced Research for New Materials Research Centre director G Sundara Rajan.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2008

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Boron nanotubes could outperform carbon

Carbon may be losing its monopoly over the nanoworld. According to the latest calculations, tubes built out of the element boron could have many of the same properties as carbon nanotubes.

Posted: Jan 4th, 2008

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