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2010-05-10 14:09:31

Few atomic layers of graphene reveal unique thermal properties.

2010-03-24 08:51:22

As the electronics industry works toward developing smaller and more compact devices, the need to create new types of scaled-down semiconductors that are more efficient and use less power has become essential.

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2010-03-15 09:44:01

A new high-performance anode structure based on silicon-carbon nanocomposite materials could significantly improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries used in a wide range of applications from hybrid vehicles to portable electronics.

2010-02-17 08:44:04

Powerful concept offers new approach to understanding surfaces of materials.

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2010-02-16 15:21:54

Using arrays of long, thin silicon wires embedded in a polymer substrate, a team of scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created a new type of flexible solar cell that enhances the absorption of sunlight and efficiently converts its photons into electrons.

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2010-02-10 11:21:36

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed a way to make some notoriously brittle materials ductile—yet stronger than ever—simply by reducing their size.

2009-11-30 21:06:12

Just as a gecko sheds its tail, metal-alloy particles endure 850 degrees Celsius by ditching weaker components, researchers report in Nature Materials.

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2009-11-09 12:55:12

Johns Hopkins materials scientists have found a new use for a chemical compound that has traditionally been viewed as an electrical conductor, a substance that allows electricity to flow through it.

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2009-11-01 14:58:52

A gold nanocage covered with a polymer is a smart drug delivery system.

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2009-10-26 07:24:00

Ultrasound and underwater sonar devices could "see" a big improvement thanks to development of the world's first acoustic hyperlens.


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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
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