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Researchers demonstrate 'giant' forces in super-strong nanomaterials

In a study that could lead to advances in the emerging fields of optical computing and nanomaterials, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology report that a new class of nanoscale slot waveguides pack 100 to 1,000 times more transverse optical force than conventional silicon slot waveguides.

Sep 24th, 2012

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New research uncovers path to defect-free thin films

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Ho Nyung Lee has discovered a strain relaxation phenomenon in cobaltites that has eluded researchers for decades and may lead to advances in fuel cells, magnetic sensors and a host of energy-related materials.

Sep 20th, 2012

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A fast and sensitive nanophotonic motion sensor for silicon microdevices

Using a microscopic optical sensor that can be batch-fabricated on a silicon chip at low cost, Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have measured the mechanical motion between two nanofabricated structures with a precision close to the fundamental limit imposed by quantum mechanics.

Sep 20th, 2012

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Molecules can sense curvature at the nanoscale

UCLA researchers, working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington and Pennsylvania State University have used surface photochemical reactions to probe the critical role of substrate morphology on self-assembly and ligand environment, determining that molecules on curved surfaces have a greater range of orientations and, as a result, react more slowly than do molecules on flat surfaces.

Sep 20th, 2012

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Nanopores promise cost savings in gene sequencing

In the last five years, next-??generation gene sequencing has brought down the cost of unlocking a single genome from $10 mil­lion to $10,000. While the sav­ings is unprece­dented, more can still be done to reduce the cost even fur­ther, an effort that would enable a host of appli­ca­tions in med­ical research and healthcare.

Sep 20th, 2012

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Optical waveguide connects semiconductor chips

A team of KIT researchers directed by Professor Christian Koos has succeeded in developing a novel optical connection between semiconductor chips. 'Photonic wire bonding' reaches data transmission rates in the range of several terabits per second and is suited perfectly for production on the industrial scale.

Sep 20th, 2012

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Nanotechnology researchers develop 'bed of nails' material for clean surfaces

Scientists at the University of Twente's MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have developed a new material that is not only extremely water-repellent but also extremely oil-repellent. It contains minuscule pillars which retain droplets. What makes the material unique is that the droplets stay on top even when they evaporate (slowly getting smaller).

Sep 20th, 2012

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