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Stomach Acid-Powered Micromotors Successfully Tested in Mice

January 28, 2015 | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer and more efficient way to deliver drugs or diagnose tumors.

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SPIE Photomask Technology 2015

September 29, 2015 12:00 am | Events

The SPIE Photomask Technology Symposium, organized by SPIE and BACUS, the International Technical Group of SPIE, provides the world’s largest forum to discuss the latest mask technologies and how they can meet the needs of the rapidly moving semiconductor industry. It will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2015.

EOS/ESD Annual Symposium

September 27, 2015 12:00 am | Events

The EOS/ESD Annual Symposium will be held from Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2015 in Reno, Nev. Founded in 1982, the ESD Association is a professional voluntary association dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of electrostatic discharge (ESD) avoidance.

SPIE Advanced Lithography

February 22, 2015 12:00 am | Events

SPIE Advanced Lithography is the premier conference for the lithography community. For 40 years, SPIE has brought together this community to address challenges presented in fabricating next-generation integrated circuits. It will be held February 22-26, 2015.

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SEMICON Korea

February 4, 2015 12:00 am | Events

The semiconductor technology event SEMICON Korea will be held from Feb. 4-6, 2015.

Structure Control Simultaneously Unlocks Magnetization and Polarization

January 28, 2015 10:52 am | News | Comments

Scientists have controlled the structure of a material to simultaneously generate both magnetization and electrical polarization, an advance which has potential applications in information storage and processing. The researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to unlock these properties in a material which initially displayed neither by making designed changes to its structure.

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Inching Closer to Multitasking Circuits

January 28, 2015 9:45 am | News | Comments

Multitasking circuits capable of reconfiguring themselves in real time and switching functions as the need arises - this is the promising application stemming from a discovery made in Switzerland. Other potential uses: miniaturizing our electronic devices and developing resilient circuits.

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Helpful Documents for Selecting Garments and Gloves

January 28, 2015 9:03 am | by Jan Eudy | Articles | Comments

Before selecting and purchasing cleanroom garments and gloves, it is recommended to review documents written by experts in their specific cleanroom industries. The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published recommended practices for garments as well as gloves.

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Nanoshuttle Wear and Tear: Mileage, Not Age

January 27, 2015 12:01 pm | by Holly Evarts, Columbia Engineering | News | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses, including drug delivery, early diagnosis, disease monitoring, instrumentation, and surgery.

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Visualizing Interacting Electrons in a Molecule

January 27, 2015 11:49 am | News | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in directly imaging how electrons interact within a single molecule. Understanding this kind of electronic effects in organic molecules is crucial for their use in optoelectronic applications, such as LEDs and solar cells.

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Engineering Self-assembling Amyloid Fibers

January 27, 2015 11:36 am | by Andy Fell, UC Davis | News | Comments

Amyloid proteins can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease — but similar proteins can also form very useful materials, such as spider silk, or biofilms around living cells. 

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Researchers Make Magnetic Graphene

January 27, 2015 11:28 am | by Iqbal Pittalwala, UC Riverside | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism, alas, is not one of them. But now a team of physicists has found an ingenious way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties.

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Silver Nanowires Display Surprise Self-Healing Mechanism

January 26, 2015 10:04 am | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern University | News | Comments

With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for other alternatives, such as a film made with silver nanowires—wires so extremely thin that they are one-dimensional—embedded in flexible polymers.

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Contractile Gel Stores Light Energy

January 26, 2015 9:58 am | News | Comments

Living systems have the ability to produce collective molecular motions that have an effect at the macroscale, such as a muscle that contracts via the concerted action of protein motors. In order to reproduce this phenomenon, a research team has made a polymer gel that is able to contract through the action of artificial molecular motors.

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Diaper Compound Could Expand Microscopes’ Power

January 26, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

Pour, mix, set, add water and voila: highly detailed images of the inside of cells. A study showed that a modified form of the superabsorbent chemical used in disposable diapers can expand brain structures to four and a half times their original size. The process called expansion microscopy will allow scientists to take super-resolution pictures of healthy and diseased tissue throughout the body using common microscopes.

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Graphene Edges Can Be Tailor-made

January 26, 2015 9:21 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene nanoribbons to get the edges they need for applications. Their research shows it should be possible to control the edge properties of graphene nanoribbons by controlling the conditions under which the nanoribbons are pulled apart.

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