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Lowering the cost for surface patterning plastics

Researchers have developed a new way to simultaneously shape and surface treat plastic components. The new method can reduce the manufacturing cost of medical devices, such as diagnostic tools for various diseases.

Posted: Sep 15th, 2016

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Physicists develop new touchscreen technology

Physicists are at an advanced stage of developing alternative touchscreen technology to overcome the shortfall in the traditional display, phone and tablet material that relies on electrodes made from indium tin oxide (ITO).

Posted: Sep 14th, 2016

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Bundeskabinett beschliesst Aktionsplan Nanotechnologie 2020

Die vielfaeltigen Aktivitaeten zur Nanotechnologie werden ressortuebergreifend gebuendelt und auf die zentralen gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen wie Klimawandel, Energiewende, Digitalisierung, Gesundheit, Mobilitaet und Industrie 4.0 ausgerichtet.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2016

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New principle for highly efficient optical device verified

Scientists have demonstrated that when a topological insulator - a material that conducts electricity on the surface but not in the interior - with magnetic properties is exposed to light, the angles of the rotation of light polarization driven by the magneto-optical effect show the universal values determined by quantum mechanics.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2016

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Pop science: Engineers stop soap bubbles from swirling

Engineers happen upon a way to stop the movement of the colorful eddies on the surface of soap bubbles. The results are works of art that could lead to stable engineered foams for medical treatments, personal products and food.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016

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A new method of engineering polymer brushes

Engineered surfaces add value to the things we use, providing extra layers of safety, easing their operation, preserving their quality or adding utility. Materials researchers are looking to greatly improve on the concept with a method of micron-scale surface chemical patterning that can not only decrease time and money spent in their manufacture, but also add versatility to their design.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016

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New fabric uses sun and wind to power devices

Fabrics that can generate electricity from physical movement have been in the works for a few years. Now researchers have taken the next step, developing a fabric that can simultaneously harvest energy from both sunshine and motion.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2016

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