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Diamonds are a quantum computer's best friend

The quantum computer is not yet quite around the corner: calculations show that to implement a useful quantum algorithm, billions of quantum systems have to be used. The elements of a newly proposed quantum computer concept, nitrogen atoms trapped in diamonds, could in principle be miniaturized and mass produced. This system could be to quantum computing what the transistor was for microelectronics.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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Molecular mesh catches a chill

Replacing the large chillers that cool hospitals, museums, and other institutions with more energy-efficient systems means using new materials. Scientists are interested in replacing the silica gel used in today's chillers with novel molecular materials made of molecular meshes or metal organic frameworks.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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Learning from origami to design new materials

Researchers are using origami-based folding methods for 'tuning' the fundamental physical properties of any type of thin sheet, which may eventually lead to development of molecular-scale machines that could snap into place and perform mechanical tasks.

Posted: Aug 7th, 2014

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Devices for organic high-capacity memories

Kamal Asadi from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz receives one of the highest German scientific awards from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He studies materials and physics of future organic memory devices.

Posted: Aug 6th, 2014

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Chemical environments mapped using molecular vibrations

Scientists have long known that a molecule's behavior depends on its environment. Taking advantage of this phenomenon, a group of researchers at the University of Chicago developed a new technique to map microscopic environments using the vibrations of molecules.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2014

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Diamond defect interior design

Planting imperfections called 'NV centers' at specific spots within a diamond lattice could advance quantum computing and atomic-scale measurement.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2014

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