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A New Self-Assembly Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons

October 22, 2014

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New Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Brings Scientists Closer to Revolutionizing Electronics

Scientists from UCLA and Tohoku University have discovered a new self-assembly method for producing defect-free graphene nanoribbons, bringing them one step closer to revolutionizing electronics. First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties. The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat and charge than […]

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A Cost-Effective Treatment for Salty Water from Fracked Wells

October 21, 2014

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Electrodialysis Can Provide Cost Effective Treatment of Salty Well Water

A newly published study reveals how electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from oil and gas wells. The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much […]

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New Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

October 20, 2014

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MIT Circuit Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips and make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing […]

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Silicon Qubits Could Be the Key to a Quantum Revolution

October 15, 2014

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Silicon Qubits Are Ready for Large Scale Quantum Computers

Two newly published studies show that the accuracy and lifetime of silicon qubits are now suitable for large-scale quantum computers. A dramatic increase in the amount of time data can be stored on a single atom means silicon could once again play a vital role in the development of super-fast computers. The silicon chip revolutionized […]

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New Method to Control Nanoparticles with Light and Magnets

October 10, 2014

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Researchers Control Nanoparticles with Light and Magnets

A team of researchers has developed particles that can glow with color-coded light and be manipulated with magnets, improving the likelihood of tracking the position of the nanoparticles as they move within the body or inside a cell. A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, […]

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“Trial By Fire” Video Details Orion Flight Test

October 9, 2014

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Trial By Fire Video Details Orion Flight Test Info

As the flight test of NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears, a new video seven minute video details the spacecraft’s test and the critical systems. Orion: Trial By Fire Orion is in the final stages of preparation for the uncrewed flight test that will take it 3,600 miles above Earth on a 4.5-hour mission to test many […]

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Researchers Examine Emerging Market for Used Electric Vehicle Batteries

October 7, 2014

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Report Examines Emerging Market for Used Electric Vehicle Batteries

A new report from UCLA and UC Berkeley shows that used electric car batteries could help California achieve its renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction and energy storage goals more efficiently — and could lower the cost of owning an electric car. As California searches for cheap energy storage options, a new report by the Climate […]

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New Technology Enables Fast and Cheap Nanomanufacturing

October 6, 2014

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New Technology Enables Fast and Cheap Nanomanufacturing

A newly published study from MIT details how arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply. Luis Fernando Velásquez-García’s group at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) develops dense arrays of microscopic cones that harness electrostatic forces to eject streams of ions. The technology has a range of promising applications: […]

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Crumpled Graphene Forms Stretchable Supercapacitors to Power Flexible Electronic Devices

October 3, 2014

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Crumpled Graphene Forms Stretchable Supercapacitors

New research from engineers at MIT details how two-dimensional carbon “paper” can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices. When someone crumples a sheet of paper, that usually means it’s about to be thrown away. But researchers have now found that crumpling a piece of graphene “paper” — a material formed by bonding together […]

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The Creative Engineering Behind the Giant Magellan Telescope

October 3, 2014

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Giant Magellan Telescope

Currently under construction and on track to become operational early next decade, the Giant Magellan Telescope is pushing scientists to innovate and create new technology in their quest to see the faintest and most distant objects in the universe. On top of a flattened mountain in Chile’s Atacama Desert, one of the world’s largest telescopes […]

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Curiosity Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks from Pipelines

October 3, 2014

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Curiosity Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks

Technology adapted from NASA’s Mars rover program is being used to develop a hand-held device that will help find and fix natural gas leaks from gas pipelines, with the goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. In collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it […]

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New Drug-Delivery Capsule to Inject Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

October 1, 2014

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New Drug Delivery Capsule Can Deliver Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have developed a new drug-delivery capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those […]

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