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A Stinky Nanoparticle Study

March 3, 2015 | by Sean Nealon, UC Riverside | News | Comments

What do a human colon, septic tank, copper nanoparticles, and zebrafish have in common?

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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.

Unzipped Nanotubes Could Provide Platinum Alternative

March 3, 2015 11:57 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells, even in comparison to platinum.

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Tricking the Light Fantastic

March 3, 2015 11:43 am | by Dawn Fuller, University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A manipulation of light through tiny technology could lead to big benefits for everything from TVs to microscopes.

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Bacteria Could Be As Small as Life Gets

March 2, 2015 11:34 am | by Dan Krotz, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The existence of ultra-small bacteria has been debated for two decades, but there hasn’t been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now.

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Shape-shifting Nanorods Transfer Heat Differently

March 2, 2015 11:00 am | by Justin H.S. Breaux, Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have revealed previously unobserved behaviors that show how details of the transfer of heat at the nanoscale cause nanoparticles to change shape in ensembles. The research suggests new rules for the behavior of nanorod ensembles, providing insights into how to increase heat transfer efficiency in a nanoscale system.

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Europe’s Graphene Flagship Lays Out Road Map

March 2, 2015 10:50 am | by Francis Sedgemore, Graphene Flagship | News | Comments

Europe’s Graphene Flagship lays out a science and technology roadmap, targeting research areas designed to take graphene and related 2D materials from academic laboratories into society.

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Semiconductor Companies Merge in $40B Deal

March 2, 2015 10:05 am | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction which values the combined enterprise at just over $40 billion. 

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Molecules Caged Within 2D Nanopores

March 2, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

High performance materials for gas storage, thermal insulators, or nanomachines need a thorough understanding of the behavior of the material down to the molecular level. Now a team of scientists has developed a methodology to investigate the equilibrium thermodynamics of single molecules.

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Water Droplet and Pipet Untangle DNA

February 27, 2015 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Chemists and engineers have devised a strikingly simple and effective way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure: they inject genetic material into a droplet of water and use a pipet tip to drag it over a glass plate covered with a sticky polymer. 

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Novel Paper-like Material Could Improve Electric Car Batteries

February 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Sean Nealon, UC Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers have created silicon nanofibers 100 times thinner than human hair for potential applications in batteries for electric cars and personal electronics.  

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NASA Preps MMS Spacecraft for Upcoming Launch

February 27, 2015 10:49 am | News | Comments

Final preparations are underway for the launch of NASA’s quartet of Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft, which constitute the first space mission dedicated to the study of magnetic reconnection. This fundamental process occurs throughout the universe where magnetic fields connect and disconnect with an explosive release of energy.

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First Voltage Tester for Beating Cardiac Cells

February 26, 2015 10:58 am | by Fabio Bergamin, ETH Zurich | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in recording the current in membrane channels of contracting cardiac cells. To do this, the scientists combined an atomic force microscope with a widely used method for measuring electrical signals in cells.

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CDC Warns of Deadly Bacteria Lurking in Doctors’ Offices

February 26, 2015 10:45 am | News | Comments

Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile infections in a single year.

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Nanomedicine Offers Personalized Approach to Cancer Treatment

February 26, 2015 10:38 am | by Brianna Aldrich, UCLA | News | Comments

In 90%+ of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a practice called combination therapy. And one of their greatest challenges is determining which ratio and combination — from the large number of medications available — is best for each individual patient.

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