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Graphyne may be better than graphene

Sheets of single-layer carbon with a variety of bonding patterns may have properties similar to the wonder material graphene, according to new computer simulations.

Posted: Feb 26th, 2012

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New study describes liquid water diffusion at molecular level

Researchers at the universities of Granada and Barcelona have described for the first time the diffusion of liquid water through nanochannels in molecular terms; nanochannels are extremely tiny channels with a diameter of 1-100 nanometers that scientists use to study the behavior of molecules.

Posted: Feb 24th, 2012

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New study may lead to MRIs on a nanoscale

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the nanoscale and the ever-elusive quantum computer are among the advancements edging closer toward the realm of possibility, and a new study co-authored by a UC Santa Barbara researcher may give both an extra nudge.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2012

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Researchers build first physical 'metatronic' circuit

The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2012

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'Negative refraction' opens door to new products and industries

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to make a low-cost material that might accomplish negative refraction of light and other radiation - a goal first theorized in 1861 by a giant of science, Scottish physicist James Maxwell, that has still eluded wide practical use.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2012

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Self-cleaning buildings

A high level pollution is an increasing problem. For that scientists have developed innovative materials that can be easily applied on facades. This could be a significant step towards urban air quality improvement and a beautification of cities.

Posted: Feb 23rd, 2012

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