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Nanoink electronics from the printer

Electronic systems designed to perform simple functions, such as monitor the temperature on a yogurt pot, mustn't cost much: This is where printed electronics are at an advantage. Researchers are now significantly improving the properties of printed circuits.

Posted: Jan 19th, 2009

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Extremely flat fixtures for EUV exposure

Exposing silicon wafers to light during chip manufacture requires special fixtures called chucks. Novel electrostatic chucks made of glass ceramics are incredibly flat. This prevents structural distortions on the exposure mask and the silicon chip.

Posted: Jan 19th, 2009

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One step closer to 'smart dust' with biologically powered molecular forklifts

Algae is a livid green giveaway of nutrient pollution in a lake. Scientists would love to reproduce that action in tiny particles that would turn different colors if exposed to biological weapons, food spoilage or signs of poor health in the blood. Now, University of Florida engineering researchers have tapped the working parts of cells to clear a major hurdle to creating such 'smart dust'.

Posted: Jan 18th, 2009

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Nanotubes as cancer sensors in living cells

A multidisciplinary team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed carbon nanotubes that can be used as sensors for cancer drugs and other DNA-damaging agents inside living cells.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2009

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Light-driven plasmonic nanoswitch may pave way for new computers

The ability to stream videos online with the quality of high-end home theater systems, and to run computer programs a thousand times faster, are some of the future advances being made possible by a Penn State research team led by Tony Jun Huang, the James Henderson assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2009

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3D liquid crystal device made with carbon nanotubes

Dr. Tim Wilkinson from the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering's Photonics Research Group has made an exciting breakthrough by combining liquid crystals with vertically grown carbon nanotubes to create a reconfigurable three-dimensional liquid crystal device structure.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2009

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Warming up to the Casimir force

Scientists at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Wako, and co-workers at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU), have shown for the first time that the Casimir force has a complex dependence on temperature.

Posted: Jan 16th, 2009

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