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July 24, 2014

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12:28 PM | Graphene and related materials promise cheap, flexible printed cameras
Dr Felice Torrisi, University Lecturer in Graphene Technology, has been awarded a Young International Researchers' Fellowship from the National Science Foundation of China to look at how graphene and two-dimensional materials could enable printed and flexible eyes.
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12:22 PM | Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets
Another step towards faster computers relies on three coherently coupled quantum dots used as quantum information units.
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12:11 PM | Nano Utica Initiative announces major development step
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a Section 404 permit for the Marcy Nanocenter site, enabling the next phase of the Nano Utica initiative. This includes the construction of a 450 MM enabled wafer fabrication campus.
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12:01 PM | Kepler data reveals a frost giant
I’ve been most fascinated lately by studies of planet formation. Every small detail is like that one letter in the crossword you need to fill all the other boxes in, every discovery a cornerstone that holds together a unique piece of the universe. For example, using just the find that the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b has a very short day … Continue reading →
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11:25 AM | Magnetic Pulse Simultation Lives, NaI Detector Still on Life Support: Lab Book 2014_07_24
Lab Book 2014_07_23     Hamilton CarterSummary:The NaI detector still isn't giving good results despite additional efforts to understand its operation and any possible problems.  Tomorrow, the base that provides voltage to the tube will be rebuilt.  The can crusher simulation code has produced its first correct looking current output results.  A pulsed mgnetic field from a can crusher will be used to quiench the superconducting Pb sample in the experiment […]
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9:45 AM | Lithium-doped graphene approaches the limits of transparency and conductivity
Transparent conductive coatings pervade modern technology. They are a critical component of optoelectronic devices such as smartphone and tablet displays as well as solar cells. The search for novel transparent electrode materials with good stability, high transparency and excellent conductivity is driven by the required trade-off between transparency and conductivity. In new work, researchers now have simultaneously increased the conductivity and transparency of ultra thin graphite by lithium […]
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9:32 AM | Quenching the world's water and energy crises, one tiny droplet at a time
In pursuit of beetle biomimicry, nano engineers develop new, textured materials to trap and channel small amounts of liquid.
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8:00 AM | Through Thick and Thin
Making Optical Waveguides Out of Thin Air The filaments are created when pulses from a 10 Hz Ti:sapphire laser collapse the air into a narrow filament, increasing the refractive index of air in the center of the beam. The filaments heat the air as they travel, causing it to expand, and leave behind an air [...]

July 23, 2014

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6:38 PM | The birth of topological spintronics
The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic is the first promising indication that it may be possible to build a practical technology with a novel material known as a 'topological insulator'. The research team's results show that such a scheme can be 10 times more efficient for controlling magnetic memory or logic than any other combination of materials measured to date.
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6:31 PM | Wide-Faced Men Negotiate Nearly $2,200 Larger Signing Bonus
Having a wider face helps men when they negotiate for […]
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6:28 PM | Sleep Deprivation May Increase Susceptibility to False Memories
Not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming […]
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6:27 PM | Gene inhibitor, salmon fibrin restore function lost in spinal cord injury
A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord […]
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6:26 PM | Study links enzyme to autistic behaviors
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder that causes […]
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6:08 PM | University nanotechnology spinout developing revolutionary battery technology
A UCF spinout company is at the forefront of perfecting specialized nanotechnology designed to extend the longevity of batteries and superconductors. Batteries will be lighter, stay charged longer and need to be replaced less frequently - and that's a win for our smart phones and our environment.
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5:08 PM | Finding quake shelters, breaking bad in Punjab, rice-wheat divide & more
Curious Bends is a weekly newsletter about science, tech., data and India. Akshat Rathi and I curate it. You can subscribe to it here. If have feedback, suggestions, or would just generally like to get in touch, just email us. 1. Pesticides may be to blame for some cancers among India’s farmers The green revolution … Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | National Nanotechnology Coordination Office announces 2014 NNI EHS Progress Review webinar
The NNCO is now accepting questions related to the 'Progress Review on the Coordinated Implementation of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 2011 Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy'
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4:33 PM | Real-time analysis of human movement
Walking and running are two of the most common movements that humans perform. They are also the basis of not only elite performance, but also injury. In biomechanics we use […]
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4:20 PM | Fifty years of CP violation
via @CERN http://t.co/9Rac42mBVh #CPviolation #CPsymmetry #matter #antimatter The CP violation is a violation of the CP-symmetry, a combination between the charge conjugation symmetry (C) and the parity symmetry (P). CP-symmetry states that the laws of physics should be the same if a particle is interchanged with its antiparticle, and then its spatial coordinates are inverted.The CP violation is discovered in 1964 by Christenson, Cronin, Fitch, and Turlay (Cronin and Fitch awarded the Nobel […]
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4:00 PM | Nessuna concordanza cosmologica con i neutrini ‘massicci’
Secondo il modello standard della fisica fondamentale, è noto che i neutrini, detti anche “particelle fantasma” per il fatto che essi interagiscono a mala pena con la materia, non hanno massa. Nonostante esistano tutta una serie di evidenze sul fatto che la loro massa non sia esattamente zero, essa rimane incerta non essendo stata misurata definitivamente. Si […]
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2:59 PM | Valentis Nanotech Signs MOU to Integrate Technology in Thermoplastics Production
Valentis's technology combines nanocrystalline cellulose, a biodegradable, transparent material made from plant pulp waste, with additional nanoparticles to produce highly improved polymeric films.
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2:55 PM | Groundbreaking nanosensor detects miniscule concentrations of hazardous materials in the air
Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.
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2:12 PM | Are geniuses like Einstein superhuman?
In the fine (?) tradition of headlines like this, the answer is “no”: Einstein was not superhuman. However, no single figure is more associated with the word “genius” in popular culture, and there’s no denying he contributed a great deal to 20th century physics. Therein lies the paradox of dealing with Einstein: as with Richard […]
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2:00 PM | What does a molecular living fossil look like?
The idea of a living fossil is rather intuitive. We think that a kind of organism deserves that denomination if it has been living […] Read more The post What does a molecular living fossil look like? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Living beings: systems all the way back to their chemical origins Grasshopper mouse mighty powers against evil bark scorpion: a molecular tale Bears and riddles
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1:34 PM | Building up bamboo
MIT researchers study bamboo for engineered building material, similar to […]
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1:30 PM | Australian researchers pioneer a ‘Google street view’ of galaxies
A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibres […]
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1:29 PM | Unbreak my heart: Scientists image a beating heart in 3D
Researchers of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology […]
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1:28 PM | K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather
Ensemble forecasting is a key part of weather forecasting today. […]
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1:26 PM | Chinese hunt dark matter with new underground PandaX detector
The new PandaX facility, located deep underground in the southwestern […]
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1:24 PM | When it comes to depressed men in the military, does size matter?
Both short and tall men in the military are more […]
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1:14 PM | A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos
Researchers have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire.
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