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Water purification breakthrough uses sunlight and nanostructured hydrogels

Scientists have developed a cost-effective and compact technology using combined gel-polymer hybrid materials. Possessing both hydrophilic qualities and semiconducting properties, these hydrogels enable the production of clean, safe drinking water from any source, whether it's from the oceans or contaminated supplies.

Posted: Apr 6th, 2018

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Light 'relaxes' crystal to boost solar cell efficiency

Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. Researchers have found that to be the case with a perovskite compound touted as an efficient material to collect sunlight and convert it into energy.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2018

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Why noise can enhance sensitivity to weak signals

A team of researchers has discovered a new mechanism to explain stochastic resonance, in which sensitivity to weak signals is enhanced by noise. The finding is expected to help electronic devices become smaller and more energy-efficient.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2018

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Theorists describe an inertial lift of particles in microchannels

Scientists have described the mechanism of appearance of an inertial lift force acting on finite-sized particles in microchannels. Such calculations were previously possible only for some specific cases. A more accurate description allows one to use this inertial lift for particle sorting.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2018

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Breakthrough made in atomically thin magnets

Scientists have managed to control atomically thin magnets with an electric field, a breakthrough that provides a blueprint for producing exceptionally powerful and efficient data storage in computer chips, among other applications.

Posted: Apr 5th, 2018

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Tuning in to magnetic ink

A new ink containing iron-oxide nanoparticles can be turned into fully printed and versatile components for cellular networks.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2018

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