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Researchers succeed in making a graphene structure with a 3D strutted framework

A research group of the NIMS International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) succeeded for the first time in the world in making products with a structure wherein ultrathin graphene is glued to a 3D strutted framework. This was achieved by a novel and unique method inspired by the blown sugar art, which can be called the 'chemical blowing method'.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2014

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New study helps lay out theory for metamaterials that act as an analog computer

A new study shows that metamaterials can be designed to do "photonic calculus" as a light wave goes through them. A light wave, when described in terms of space and time, has a profile that can be thought of as a curve on a Cartesian plane. This theoretical material can perform a specific mathematical operation on that wave's profile, such as finding its derivative, as the light wave passes through the material.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Microfluidic chips enables improved detection of circulating tumor cells

Researchers work to create a chip that can sort circulating tumor cells (CTS), which break off tumors into the bloodstream and are responsible for metastasis, from other types of cells found in the blood. Detection of CTS can play an important role in early diagnosis, characterization of cancer subtypes, and treatment monitoring.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Extraordinary nanosensors pushed to their boundaries

A new step is being taken in the development of ultra-stable sensors of small forces. EPFL researchers have found a way to eradicate external perturbations from interfering with their state-of-the art optomechanical measurement systems.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2014

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Engineers make world's fastest organic transistor, herald new generation of see-through electronics

Researchers have produced the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology could achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and similar electronic devices. For years engineers have been trying to use inexpensive, carbon-rich molecules and plastics to create organic semiconductors that can approximate the performance of costlier technologies based on silicon.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2014

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Eye-catching electronics

Researchers are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before. They can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This opens up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent sensors that are literally easy on the eye.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2014

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Aligning nanofibers with classical music

Can molecules or molecular assemblies interact physically with the sound vibrations of music? Japanese researchers have now revealed their physical interaction. When classical music was playing, a designed supramolecular nanofiber in a solution dynamically aligned in harmony with the sound of music.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2014

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Prototype nanomedicine vaccine arms the immune system to fight cancer

Neuroblastoma, the third most common pediatric cancer, causes nerve cells to turn into tumors. The prototype vaccine uses a unique combination of nanotechnology and immunology to 'raise an army' of tumor-hunting immune cells, equip them to attack neuroblastoma, and leave them ready to reactivate if the cancer returns.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2014

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New Computer Aided Design solutions to reduce cost and time to market of high performance energy efficient nanoelectronics

Enabling fast and effective design of new transistors for high performance electronics with greatly reduced power consumption. This is the ambitious objective that a unique multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from five European countries will pursue in the next three years in the framework of the EC funded project III-V-MOS 'Technology CAD for III-V Semiconductor-based MOSFETs'.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2014

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