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Spintronic thermoelectric power generators

Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. Researchers at the Nanostructured Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Utah have fabricated spintronics-based thin film devices which do just that, i.e. convert even minute waste heat into useful electricity.

Posted: Mar 21st, 2014

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A layered nanostructure held together by DNA

Dreaming up nanostructures that have desirable optical, electronic, or magnetic properties is one thing. Figuring out how to make them is another. A new strategy uses the binding properties of complementary strands of DNA to attach nanoparticles to each other and builds up a layered thin-film nanostructure through a series of controlled steps.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2014

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Tiny transistors for extreme environs

Electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday might enable smartphones that take and collect medical X-rays on a battlefield, and devices to measure air quality in real time.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2014

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