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Seeing Is Believing

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Using indium tin oxide, a common coating in modern electronics, an engineer developed a biosensor that enables simultaneous electrical measurements and visual observation.

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Guideline Through the Labyrinth of Nanomaterials

The LICARA guidelines are geared towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from all branches of industry, and help weigh up the pros and cons of nanomaterials and make decisions on their use. The guidelines also do their bit towards efficient communication in the value added chain.

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Nanoscale Resistors for Quantum Devices

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Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made new compact, high-value resistors for nanoscale quantum circuits. The resistors could speed the development of quantum devices for computing and fundamental physics research.

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Powerful New Technique Simultaneously Determines Nanomaterials' Chemical Makeup, Topography

A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Ohio University have devised a powerful technique that simultaneously resolves the chemical characterization and topography of nanoscale materials down to the height of a single atom.

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Lengthening the Life of High Capacity Silicon Electrodes in Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

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A new study will help researchers create longer-lasting, higher-capacity lithium rechargeable batteries, which are commonly used in consumer electronics. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers showed how a coating that makes high capacity silicon electrodes more durable could lead to a replacement for lower-capacity graphite electrodes.

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Iowa State, Ames Lab Researcher Working to Save Energy with Nanotechnology Insulation

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Mufit Akinc says filling vacuum insulation panels with new, low-cost materials could produce hundreds of millions of dollars in energy savings. And so he's leading an effort to search for insulating materials that could one day make it to the marketplace.

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Texas Tech Engineers Discover New Method to Determine Surface Properties at the Nanoscale

As machines get smaller, knowing characteristics can make huge engineering differences.

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A Path to Brighter Images and More Efficient LCD Displays

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University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light.

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Researchers Create and Control Spin Waves, Lifting Prospects for Enhanced Information Processing

A team of New York University and University of Barcelona physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster information processing while reducing the energy necessary to do so.

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New Form of Crystalline Order Holds Promise for Thermoelectric Applications

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A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory reports that it has discovered an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties and holds promise for improving the efficiency of thermoelectric devices.

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