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New technique for measuring nanostructures

Bringing two electrical insulators together to create an electrical superconductor: Anyone wishing to analyze such phenomena in nanostructures will soon come up against metrological limitations - unless a new method is used that physicists have developed.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2014

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A newly discovered gold nanocluster promises rich chemical yields

Researchers have found one new gold molecule, a catalyst containing exactly 25 gold atoms, that is powerful as well as sophisticated. It catalyzes the conversion of a variety of molecules, including the transformation of poisonous carbon monoxide into harmless carbon dioxide, a reaction that may find application in devices near gas flues or wood-burning stoves.

Posted: Aug 25th, 2014

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Copper shines as flexible conductor

By turning to copper, both abundant and cheap, researchers have developed a way of making flexible conductors cost-effective enough for commercial application.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Nanotechnology engineering produces a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery (w/video)

Engineers have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device that uses an ordinary AAA battery to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis. The battery sends an electric current through two electrodes that split liquid water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Unlike other water splitters that use precious-metal catalysts, the electrodes are made of inexpensive and abundant nickel and iron.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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$1M grant to develop an ultra-compact X-ray free electron laser

Such a device could be used for ultra-high-speed and high-resolution imaging in chemistry, biology, materials science and condensed matter physics. For example, in the life sciences, one could view images with resolutions clear enough to see individual carbon atoms, or to discern events such as a chemical reactions that last one quadrillionth of a second or shorter.

Posted: Aug 22nd, 2014

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Shaping the future of nanocrystals (w/video)

Researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale.

Posted: Aug 21st, 2014

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