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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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Making nanofluidic devices using paper and scissors

Sometimes simplicity is best. Two Northwestern University researchers have discovered a remarkably easy way to make nanofluidic devices: using paper and scissors. And they can cut a device into any shape and size they want, adding to the method's versatility.

Nov 14th, 2012

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Nanoscale diamond tips improve nanomanufacturing

One of the key challenges has been the reliability of the nanometer-scale tips, especially with performing nano-writing on hard, semiconductor surfaces. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, and Advanced Diamond Technologies Inc., have created a new type of nano-tip for thermal processing, which is made entirely out of diamond.

Nov 14th, 2012

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New EU project NanoEIS offers nanotechnology education for industry and society

Partners from all over Europe will investigate the European labour market for personnel trained in nanotechnology. The relevance of existing nanotechnology education and training in universities, vocational training institutes and secondary schools for the needs of industrial and other employers will also be explored. By 2015, a model curriculum will be made available online.

Nov 14th, 2012

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X-ray laser observes molecular explosion

Using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH, a team of scientists from Hamburg has traced the ultrafast explosion of iodine molecules. The group used the X-ray laser as a kind of high-speed camera - the observed molecular explosion took place within a millionth of a billionth of a second (i.e. within femtoseconds).

Nov 14th, 2012

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New metamaterial lens focuses radio waves

Researchers at MIT have fabricated a three-dimensional, lightweight metamaterial lens that focuses radio waves with extreme precision. The concave lens exhibits a property called negative refraction, bending electromagnetic waves - in this case, radio waves - in exactly the opposite sense from which a normal concave lens would work.

Nov 14th, 2012

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