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Optical microscopes lend a hand to graphene research

The remarkable properties and subsequent applications of graphene have been well-documented since it was first isolated in 2004; however, researchers are still trying to find a quick, cheap and efficient way of measuring its thickness. A group of researchers from China appear to have solved this problem by devising a universal method using just a standard optical microscope.

Nov 16th, 2012

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New injectable gels toughen up after entering the body

Gels that can be injected into the body, carrying drugs or cells that regenerate damaged tissue, hold promise for treating many types of disease, including cancer. MIT chemical engineers have now designed an injectable gel that responds to the body's high temperature by forming a reinforcing network that makes the gel much more durable, allowing it to function over a longer period of time.

Nov 16th, 2012

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Invisible man achieved using invisibility cloak technology (w/video)

Fractal Antenna Systems today disclosed that it has successfully rendered a man invisible. The firm's new invisibility cloak hid a man at microwaves over a wide bandwidth at high fidelity. This is the first time any large object has been rendered invisible and the first time a person has disappeared from view using invisibility cloak technology.

Nov 15th, 2012

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Researchers demonstrate technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes

Researchers from the University of Southern California and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated a technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes with identical structures, a process they liken to "cloning" the nanotubes. If it can be suitably scaled up, their approach could solve an important materials problem in nanoelectronics: producing carbon nanotubes of a specific structure to order.

Nov 14th, 2012

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