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Material may help autos turn heat into electricity

Researchers invented a new material that will make cars even more efficient, by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity. The material has twice the efficiency of anything currently on the market, and could also work in power generators and heat pumps.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2008

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Nanotechnology may aid PCa diagnosis

Once limited to the electronics industry, semiconductor material may hold the key to improving early detection of prostate cancer among African-American men.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2008

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Rosier future for solar energy conversion

Recent progress in dye-sensitized solar cells research and development, which use innovative light-harvesting dye to improve the optical absorption coefficient of the stained nanostructured electrodes, might color our dimming future energy security with a tint of rose, despite the looming depletion of fossil fuels.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2008

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Nanoscale lubrication: A greener antiwear additive for engine oils

Titanium, a protean element with applications from pigments to aerospace alloys, could get a new role as an environmentally friendly additive for automotive oil, thanks to work by materials scientists from Afton Chemical Corporation (Richmond, Va.) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2008

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'Nanonet' circuits closer to making flexible electronics reality

Researchers have overcome a major obstacle in producing transistors from networks of carbon nanotubes, a technology that could make it possible to print circuits on plastic sheets for applications including flexible displays and an electronic skin to cover an entire aircraft to monitor crack formation.

Posted: Jul 23rd, 2008

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