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Nokia's Morph nanotechnology concept device to benefit from graphene (w/video)

Without the new materials, i.e. new structures enabled by the novel materials and manufacturing methods it would be impossible to build a Morph kind of device. Graphene has an important role in different components of the new device and the ecosystem needed to make the gateway and context awareness possible in an energy efficient way.

Posted: May 4th, 2011

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European Commission funds 10-year, 1,000 million euro coordination action on graphene

A coordination action on graphene (GRAPHENE-CA) will be funded by the European Commission to develop plans for a 10-year, 1,000 million euro FET flagship. This is an ambitious, large-scale visionary research initiative, aiming at a breakthrough for technological innovation and economic exploitation based on graphene and related two-dimensional materials.

Posted: May 4th, 2011

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Researchers create novel nanoantennas

An international team of plasmonics researchers has developed a novel type of nanoantenna that could one day lead to advances in security applications for the detection of drugs and explosives.

Posted: May 4th, 2011

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Inexpensive, easy-to-use cotton candy-like glass nanofibers appear to speed healing in initial venous stasis wound trial

Imagine a battlefield medic or emergency medical technician providing first aid with a special wad of cottony glass fibers that simultaneously slows bleeding, fights bacteria (and other sources of infection), stimulates the body's natural healing mechanisms, resists scarring, and-because it is quickly absorbed by surrounding tissue - may never have to be removed in follow-up care.

Posted: May 3rd, 2011

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Nature of bonding determines thermal conductivity

Optical data carriers such as DVDs, Blu-rays and CD-RWs store data in layers of so-called "phase change materials". In the future, these materials will enable the development of fast, non-volatile and energy-saving main memories. A prerequisite for this is a low thermal conductivity. Phase change materials display a surprisingly low thermal conductivity even in the crystalline state.

Posted: May 3rd, 2011

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Kick-off of EU-Project NanoOnSpect: Cost reduction by online characterisation of nanocomposites

Using various sensor-based measurement and characterisation methods, an online measurement unit will be developed for compounding processes. The data obtained will be integrated into the database of an expert system and further processed in an artificial neural network. Information from this network will be fed back into the processing equipment, and the manufacturing process will be adapted as necessary.

Posted: May 3rd, 2011

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Single atom stores quantum information

A data memory can hardly be any smaller: researchers working with Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have stored quantum information in a single atom. The researchers wrote the quantum state of single photons, i.e. particles of light, into a rubidium atom and read it out again after a certain storage time.

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

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Improved electrical conductivity in polymeric composites

The researchers in Luxembourg, in cooperation with scientists from the Netherlands, have studied the electrical percolation of carbon nanotubes in a polymer matrix and shown the percolation threshold - the point at which the polymer composite becomes conductive - can be considerably lowered if small quantities of a conductive polymer latex are added.

Posted: May 2nd, 2011

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