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Designing new materials from 'small' data

21-Feb-2017

Finding new functional materials is always tricky. But searching for very specific properties among a relatively small family of known materials is even more difficult. But a team from Northwestern Engineering and Los Alamos National Laboratory found a workaround. The group developed a novel ...

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Turning up the heat for perfect (nano)diamonds

15-Feb-2017

Quantum mechanics, the physics that governs nature at the atomic and subatomic scale, contains a host of new physical phenomena to explore quantum states at the nanoscale. Though tricky, there are ways to exploit these inherently fragile and sensitive systems for quantum sensing. One nascent ...

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Using nature's weaving formula to engineer advanced functional materials

12-Jan-2017

For the first time, UNSW biomedical engineers have woven a 'smart' fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature's ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum. Having achieved proof of concept, the researchers are now ready to produce fabric prototypes for a range ...

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Supercomputer simulation reveals 2-D glass can go infinitely soft

16-Dec-2016

Scientists in Japan have revealed that if a glassy solid possesses a planar (sheet-like) structure, it can exhibit enhanced thermal vibration motion due to the same mechanism known for the planar crystals (two-dimensional crystals), by using large-scale simulations on supercomputers. "Imagine if ...

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Using acoustic waves to move fluids at the nanoscale

17-Nov-2016

A team of mechanical engineers at the University of California San Diego has successfully used acoustic waves to move fluids through small channels at the nanoscale. The breakthrough is a first step toward the manufacturing of small, portable devices that could be used for drug discovery and ...

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Making silicon-germanium core fibers a reality

Laser recrystallization can create functional materials for faster transistors, optical transmission

27-Oct-2016

Glass fibres do everything from connecting us to the internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through medical devices such as endoscopes. But as versatile as today's fiber optics are, scientists around the world have been working to expand their capabilities by adding ...

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'Helix-to-Tube,' a simple strategy to synthesize covalent organic nanotubes

01-Sep-2016

Kaho Maeda, Dr. Hideto Ito, Professor Kenichiro Itami of the JST-ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project and the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) of Nagoya University, and their colleagues have reported on the development of a new and simple strategy, "helix-to-tube" to ...

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Integration of novel materials with silicon chips makes new 'smart' devices possible

22-Jul-2016

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Army Research Office have developed a way to integrate novel functional materials onto a computer chip, allowing the creation of new smart devices and systems. The novel functional materials are oxides, including several types of ...

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Fast, stretchy circuits could yield new wave of wearable electronics

31-May-2016

The consumer marketplace is flooded with a lively assortment of smart wearable electronics that do everything from monitor vital signs, fitness or sun exposure to play music, charge other electronics or even purify the air around you -- all wirelessly. Now, a team of University of ...

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First single-enzyme method to produce quantum dots revealed

11-May-2016

Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconducting nanocrystals prized for their optical and electronic properties. The brilliant, pure colors produced by QDs when stimulated with ultraviolet light are ideal for use in flat screen displays, medical imaging devices, solar panels and LEDs. One obstacle to mass ...

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