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Image 1 - Zinc Oxide Microwires Improve Performance Of Light-emitting Diodes
2011-11-01 03:46:47

Piezo-phototronic effect Researchers have used zinc oxide microwires to significantly improve the efficiency at which gallium nitride light-emitting diodes (LED) convert electricity to ultraviolet light. The devices are believed to be the first LEDs whose performance has been enhanced by the creation of an electrical charge in a piezoelectric material using the piezo-phototronic effect. By applying mechanical strain to the microwires, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology...

Image 1 - Paper-based Wireless Sensor Could Help Detect Explosive Devices
2011-10-27 11:24:10

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives. The device, which employs carbon nanotubes and is printed on paper or paper-like material using standard inkjet technology, could be deployed in large numbers to alert authorities to the presence of explosives, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). "This prototype represents a significant step toward...

What Makes Humans And Chimps Different?
2011-10-26 03:00:27

For years, scientists believed the vast phenotypic differences between humans and chimpanzees would be easily explained — the two species must have significantly different genetic makeups. However, when their genomes were later sequenced, researchers were surprised to learn that the DNA sequences of human and chimpanzee genes are nearly identical. What then is responsible for the many morphological and behavioral differences between the two species? Researchers at the Georgia Institute...

Image 1 - Certain Species Of Seaweed Can Harm Corals
2011-10-18 08:46:40

Scientists studying coral reefs in and around the South Pacific have found that some seaweed can cause coral bleaching and suppress photosynthesis by emitting anti-coral chemicals. As part of their study, researchers have identified and mapped the chemical structure of molecules used by certain types of marine seaweed that kill or inhibit growth of reef-building coral. Chemicals found on the surfaces of several species of seaweed have been shown to harm coral, suggesting that competition...

Image 1 - Cloud Droplets From Insoluble Dust Particles Can Affect Climate
2011-10-14 04:04:00

New information on the role of insoluble dust particles in forming cloud droplets could improve the accuracy of regional climate models, especially in areas of the world that have significant amounts of mineral aerosols in the atmosphere. A more accurate accounting for the role of these particles could also have implications for global climate models. Cloud properties can have a significant impact on climate, yet the effects of aerosols like dust is one of the more uncertain components of...

Georgia Tech Releases Cyber Threats Forecast For 2012
2011-10-12 03:39:41

The year ahead will feature new and increasingly sophisticated means to capture and exploit user data, as well as escalating battles over the control of online information that threatens to compromise content and erode public trust and privacy. Those were the findings announced by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in today's release of the Georgia Tech Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2012. The report was released at the...

Controlling Silicon Evaporation Allows Scientists To Boost Graphene Quality
2011-09-23 04:36:17

  Growing graphene Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology have for the first time provided details of their "confinement controlled sublimation" technique for growing high-quality layers of epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide wafers. The technique relies on controlling the vapor pressure of gas-phase silicon in the high-temperature furnace used for fabricating the material. The basic principle for growing thin layers of graphene on silicon carbide requires heating...


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