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World record: Aerographite is the lightest material in the world

A network of porous carbon tubes that is three-dimensionally interwoven at nano and micro level - this is the lightest material in the world. It weights only 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimetre, and is therefore 75 times lighter than Styrofoam, but it is very strong nevertheless.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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Funding boost for super microchip

Griffith University's Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre has been awarded $1 million in research funding by the State government to develop production processes for a silicon carbide microchip.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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Smart blister packaging for pharmaceuticals

Holst Centre and Qolpac have announced to extend their partnership to develop existing smart blister technology for high-volume pharmaceutical applications. Together, the new partners will extend Holst Centre's existing thin-foil smart blister technology to create intelligent tablet packaging that actively helps people adhere to medication regimes.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry

We are witnessing a rapid multiplication of available conductive materials for printed and large area electronics on the market. The different materials distinguish themselves by their conductivity, particle size, curing conditions, availability and cost. New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry will be one of the main topics at the Printed Electronics Asia event, which will take place on October 2-3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Posted: Jul 17th, 2012

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New solution-processable 3D transparent conductive film - heads up for electronics devices

Novel 3D transparent conducting electrode which potentially leads to cheap and energy efficient electronics could impact vast mainstream commercial applications, ranging from displays, lighting, batteries to solar cells. Scientists from Singapore's National University of Singapore have developed a 3-dimensional architectured transparent conductor (TC) made of Ga:ZnO directly on glass substrates via a low-temperature aqueous route.

Posted: Jul 16th, 2012

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Toughened silicon sponges may make tenacious batteries

Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they've found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.

Posted: Jul 16th, 2012

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