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Clear Conductive Films Advance
2012-08-07 15:43:04

Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells. A new solution-based chemistry developed at Brown University for making indium tin oxide films could allow engineers to employ a much simpler and cheaper manufacturing process. In a touch-screen display or a solar panel, any conductive overlay had better be clear. Engineers employ transparent thin films of indium tin oxide (ITO) for the job, but a high-tech material´s properties are only half its resume. They must also be...

2012-08-01 23:11:53

MIT team discovers way of making perfectly ordered and repeatable surfaces with patterns of microscale wrinkles. The wrinkles on a raisin result from a simple effect: As the pulp inside dries, the skin grows stiff and buckles to accommodate its shrinking size. Now, a team of researchers at MIT has discovered a way to harness that same principle in a controlled and orderly way, creating wrinkled surfaces with precise sizes and patterns. This basic method, they say, could be harnessed for...

Solar Cells Could Produce Energy-Generating Windows
2012-07-22 06:34:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from a prominent California university have developed a new transparent solar cell that they say could be used to create windows which generate electricity. Writing in the journal ACS Nano, UCLA Materials Science and Engineering Professor Yang Yang and colleagues describe a polymer solar cell (PSC) which is capable of producing energy by absorbing primarily infrared light, not visible light. As such, this allows the...

2012-07-07 23:00:04

New standard acrylic office panels available. Southampton, PA (PRWEB) July 07, 2012 An experienced vendor of signage for various businesses and industries, OfficeSignStore.com is pleased to announce the addition of standard acrylic office panels to its offerings. Ideal for office lobbies, these panels provide a distinctive, professional look and easy installation options. These standard acrylic office panels join a variety of products already available through OfficeSignStore.com. A...

Next Generation Antennas And Lenses Use Self-assembling Nanocubes
2012-06-13 20:14:18

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering have developed a technique that enables metallic nanocrystals to self-assemble into larger, complex materials for next-generation antennas and lenses. The metal nanocrystals are cube-shaped and, like bricks or Tetris blocks, spontaneously organize themselves into larger-scale structures with precise orientations relative to one another.  Their findings were published online June 10 in the journal Nature...


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lunula
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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