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Bus service for qubits

A Princeton-Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) collaboration announces the successful excitation of a spin qubit using a resonant cavity. The circuit, via the cavity, senses the presence of the qubit as if it were a bit of capacitance.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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Study questions feasibility of entire genome sequencing in minutes

The claim that nanopore technology is on the verge of making DNA analysis so fast and cheap that a person's entire genome could be sequenced in just minutes and at a fraction of the cost of available commercial methods, has resulted in overwhelming academic, industrial, and global interest. But a review questions whether the remaining technical hurdles can be overcome to create a workable, easily produced commercial device.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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Can cobalt-graphene catalyst beat platinum?

Platinum works well as a catalyst in hydrogen fuel cells, but it has at least two drawbacks: It is expensive, and it degrades over time. Brown chemists have engineered a cheaper and more durable catalyst using graphene, cobalt, and cobalt-oxide - the best nonplatinum catalyst yet.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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NRI to lead new five-year effort to develop post-CMOS nanoelectronics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today the selection of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI), a collaboration of several key firms in the semiconductor industry, to support university-centered research for the development of after-the-next-generation nanoelectronics technology.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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Do you know where your micro- and nanorobots really are?

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) likely would likely prevail in such a hypothetical wager. On the basis of its surprising findings in an exacting study of the motions of an experimental microelectromechanical system (MEMS), the team might even offer better-then-even odds.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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At the nanoscale, graphite can turn friction upside down (w/video)

A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has discovered that if graphite is sticky enough, as measured by a nanoscale probe, it actually becomes harder to slide a tip across the material's surface as you decrease pressure - the exact opposite of our everyday experience.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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New nanoalloys for high temperature soldering

Removing lead from manufacturing processes and products is high priority for the EU. A European research programme has tackled the problem of high-temperature solders used in the electronics industry.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2012

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