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Twisted graphene chills out

When two sheets of graphene are stacked in a special way, it is possible to cool down the graphene with a laser instead of heating it up, researchers have shown.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2014

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Recruiting bacteria to be technology innovation partners

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of 'bad' biofilms around, researchers see biofilms as a robust new platform for designer nanomaterials that could clean up polluted rivers, manufacture pharmaceutical products, fabricate new textiles, and more.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2014

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'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable or wearable electronic devices, such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, electronic hearing protectors and communication devices.

Posted: Sep 17th, 2014

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For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling 'colossal'. In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the best silicon switches.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2014

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Advanced molecular 'sieves' could be used for carbon capture

Newly-developed synthetic membranes provide a greener and more energy-efficient method of separating gases, and can remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, potentially reducing the cost of capturing carbon dioxide significantly.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2014

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The fate of the Efimov trimer under confinement

As well as providing new fundamental insights into this prototypical few-body problem, new research results have important implications for on-going atomic experiments aimed at detecting universality in the three-body system, and it opens new avenues towards the realisation of long-lived many-body states of trimers.

Posted: Sep 16th, 2014

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