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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oct 17th, 2012

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New paper reveals fundamental chemistry of plasma/liquid interactions

Though not often considered beyond the plasma television, small-scale microplasmas have great utility in a wide variety of applications. Recently, new developments have begun to capitalize on how these microplasmas interact with liquids in applications ranging from killing bacteria for sterilizing a surface to rapidly synthesizing nanoparticles.

Oct 16th, 2012

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Physicists crack another piece of the glass puzzle (w/video)

When it comes to physics, glass lacks transparency. No one has been able to see what's happening at the molecular level as a super-cooled liquid approaches the glass state - until now. Emory University physicists have made a movie of particle motion during this mysterious transition.

Oct 16th, 2012

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