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NSF establishes Triangle (NC) Center for Soft Matter Research

Recognizing that some of the leading scientists and engineers involved in soft matter research are located in the Research Triangle Park area, the National Science Foundation has provided a six-year, $13.6 million grant to establish a multi-university center to investigate aspects of this promising area of scientific endeavor.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2011

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Quantum computing with light

A switch that lets one photon alter the quantum state of another could point the way to both practical quantum computers and a quantum Internet.

Posted: Sep 9th, 2011

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Showcase your nanotechnology research through ICPC Nanonet

The ICPC Nanonet Project partners are currently compiling Annual Region Reports on the latest nanoscience and nanotechnology developments in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Mediterranean Partnership Countries, and Latin America, to be published in May 2012.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2011

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Neues Projekt untersucht Magneten im Nanobereich

In dem neuen Forschungsprojekt "Electric Control of Magnetization Dynamics (ECOMAGICS)" untersucht Dr. Georg Woltersdorf vom Institut fuer Experimentelle und Angewandte Physik der Uni Regensburg ab Januar 2012 die Eigenschaften von Nanomagneten. Ziel ist es, die Magnetisierungsdynamik in ultraduennen magnetischen Strukturen mit Hilfe von elektrischen Feldern zu steuern.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2011

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Renewable energy - The tarte tatin throws a new light on photovoltaics

Do better with less. That is the challenge the researchers of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have set for themselves, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Federal Office of Energy. Their specialty: manufacturing solar cells that are one thousand times thinner than conventional cells. In order to boost the output of the cells, they have developed a new nanopatterning technique.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2011

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New types of adhesives for 3D semiconductors could lead to 'silicon skyscrapers'

3M and IBM announced that the two companies plan to jointly develop the first adhesives that can be used to package semiconductors into densely stacked silicon "towers." The companies are aiming to create a new class of materials, which will make it possible to build, for the first time, commercial microprocessors composed of layers of up to 100 separate chips.

Posted: Sep 8th, 2011

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New type of solar cell retains high efficiency for long periods

Scientists from the University of Picardie Jules Verne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are reporting development of a new genre of an electrolyte system for solar cells that breaks the double-digit barrier in the efficiency with which the devices convert sunlight into electricity.

Posted: Sep 7th, 2011

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Good vibrations for future quantum computers

The enigmatic quantum dot is the basic building block for quantum computers. EPFL physicists have developed a new theory which shows that dot symmetry is enough to account for most of their intriguing optical properties.

Posted: Sep 7th, 2011

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