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New safeguards foster innovation in nanomaterials

European researchers in the Nanodevice project are investigating the safety aspects of nanomaterial production. Their plan laid down in 2009 was to develop new concepts, reliable methods and portable devices for detecting, analysing and monitoring airborne ENMs in the workplace. The latest feedback from the team suggests the project has delivered on its promise.

Posted: Mar 20th, 2013

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Promising flash memory combines graphene and molybdenite

EPFL scientists have combined two materials with advantageous electronic properties -- graphene and molybdenite -- into a flash memory prototype that is very promising in terms of performance, size, flexibility and energy consumption.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2013

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Novel biological electron transfer along bacterial nanowires

When researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by microbiologist Derek Lovley discovered that the bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens conducts electricity very effectively along metallic-like "microbial nanowires", they found physicists quite comfortable with the idea of such a novel biological electron transfer mechanism, but not biologists.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2013

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Electrons are not enough: Cuprate superconductors defy convention

To engineers, it's a tale as old as time: Electrical current is carried through materials by flowing electrons. But physicists at the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania found that for copper-containing superconductors, known as cuprates, electrons are not enough to carry the current.

Posted: Mar 19th, 2013

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