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Ultra ultrasound to transform new tech

15/01/2019

A new, more sensitive method to measure ultrasound may revolutionize everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles. Researchers at The University of Queensland have combined modern nanofabrication and nanophotonics techniques to build the ultra precise ultrasound sensors on a silicon chip.
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Researchers report breakthrough in ice-repelling materials

14/01/2019

Icy weather is blamed for multibillion dollar losses every year in the United States, including delays and damage related to air travel, infrastructure and power generation and transmission facilities. Now researchers have reported creating a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface.
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Discovery of single atom structure leads to more efficient catalyst

14/01/2019

The discovery shows an efficiency rate that is up to 25 times higher than traditional catalysts made from larger iridium structures or nanoparticles.
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'Rippling' under pressure

08/01/2019

Looking deeper into the internal behavior of layered solids and formations- from graphene sheets, to wood laminates, to geological formations - researchers at Drexel University are gaining a better understanding of a buckling phenomenon that occurs within the layers of the materials as they are put under pressure.
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Tandem Solar Cells – Record Efficiency for Silicon-based Multi-junction Solar Cell

08/01/2019

Silicon solar cells dominate the photovoltaic market today but the technology approaches the theoretical maximum efficiency that can be achieved with silicon as the only absorber material. Tandem solar cells, on the other hand, combine several absorber materials, enabling a ...
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Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic

08/01/2019

Scientists at Tokyo Tech have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics.
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Silver nanowires promise more comfortable smart textiles

07/01/2019

In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue in NANO, researchers from the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications have developed a simple, scalable and low-cost capillary-driven self-assembly method to prepare flexible and stretchable conductive fibers that have applications in wearable electronics and smart fabrics.
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A safe, wearable soft sensor

07/01/2019

Harvard University researchers have developed a soft, non-toxic wearable sensor that unobtrusively attaches to the hand and measures the force of a grasp and the motion of the hand and fingers.
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An energy-efficient way to stay warm: Sew high-tech heating patches to your clothes

21/12/2018

What if, instead of turning up the thermostat, you could warm up with high-tech, flexible patches sewn into your clothes -- while significantly reducing your electric bill and carbon footprint? Engineers at Rutgers and Oregon State University have found a cost-effective way to make thin, durable heating patches by using intense pulses ...
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Barely scratching the surface: A new way to make robust membranes

21/12/2018

Argonne researchers have demonstrated a new technique's viability for membranes.
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