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A deeper look at interfaces

A technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source makes it possible for the first time to selectively study the electronic structure of buried interfaces in multilayer nanodevices. The technique is called Standing Wave Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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Quantum physics could make secure, single-use computer memories possible

Computer security systems may one day get a boost from quantum physics, as a result of recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Computer scientist Yi-Kai Liu has devised a way to make a security device that has proved notoriously difficult to build - a 'one-shot' memory unit, whose contents can be read only a single time.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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Layered security: Carbon nanotubes promise improved flame-resistant coating

Using an approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at the nanoscale, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, multi-walled carbon-nanotube-based coating that greatly reduces the flammability of foam commonly used in upholstered furniture and other soft furnishings.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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Microscopic fountain pen adds new functionality to AFM microscopy

An AFM's cantilever has a fine tip that can be used to map surfaces at the nanoscale. The movements of the tip are monitored using laser light reflected from the cantilever. If you could manufacture a hollow cantilever and pass a liquid through it, as happens in a fountain pen, then you could kill two birds with one stone.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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World's tiniest drug cabinets could be attached to cancerous cells for long term treatment

As if being sick weren't bad enough, there's also the fear of frequent injections, side effects and overdosing on you medication. Now a team of researchers from University of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry, Nano- science center and the Institut Laue-Langevin, have shown that reservoirs of anti-viral pharmaceuticals could be manufactured to bind specifically to infected tissue such as cancer cells for the slow concentrated delivery of drug treatments.

Posted: Jan 15th, 2014

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Potential future data storage at domain boundaries

Storing more and more in an ever-smaller space - what sounds impossible is in fact just part of the daily routine in information technology, where for decades, increasing amounts of data have been successfully stored on media with ever higher densities. An international team has now discovered a physical phenomenon that could prove suitable for use in further data aggregation.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2014

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What your candles and TV screen have in common

The next time you light a candle and switch on your television ready for a relaxing evening at home, just think. These two vastly different products have much more in common than you might imagine.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2014

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What makes superalloys super

Researchers have observed for the first time in detail how a hierarchical microstructure develops during heat treatment of a superalloy.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2014

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Graphene growth on silver

Researchers have demonstrated the first growth of graphene on a silver substrate. Unique wave-like electron scattering at the edges of the dendritic graphene also was observed for the first time.

Posted: Jan 14th, 2014

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