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2011-02-01 16:53:22

The work could lead to improved methodologies for creating materials by design Scientists have given us a plethora of new materials "“ all created by combining individual elements under varying temperatures and other conditions. But to tweak an intermetallic compound even more, in order to give it the attributes you desire, you have to go deeper and re-arrange individual atoms. It's a process similar to what bioengineers employ when they add and delete genes to create synthetic...

2011-01-25 15:17:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Solido Design Automation, the leader in variation-aware custom IC design, and STARC, the Japanese semiconductor technology research consortium, today announced that STARC has qualified and selected Solido Variation Designer for its STARCAD-AMS Analog/Mixed-Signal Reference Flow. STARC is comprised of 9 electronics companies, five of whom participate in analog and mixed-signal (AMS) design. STARC's AMS reference flow will support advanced...

2011-01-10 14:42:36

Sophisticated tools allow scientists to subject the basic elements of matter to conditions drastic enough to modify their behavior. By doing this, they can expand our understanding of matter. A research team including three Carnegie scientists was able to demonstrate surprising properties of the element lithium under intense pressure and low temperatures. Their results were published Jan. 9 on the Nature Physics website. Lithium is the first metal in the periodic table and is the least dense...

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2011-01-10 09:09:32

First model of rapid phase change in storage material Although the storage of films and music on a DVD is part of our digital world, the physical basis of the storage mechanism is not understood in detail. In the current issue of the leading journal Nature Materials, researchers from Jlich, Finland, and Japan provide insight into the read and write processes in a DVD. This knowledge should enable improved storage materials to be developed. (DOI: 10.1038/NMAT2931) Information is stored in a...

2010-12-08 11:32:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), has developed a method for producing a strong, highly ductile bioplastic using yeast and one of nature's simplest building blocks: fatty acids of plant oils. The findings were published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091027/NY99197LOGO ) Like all plastics, the new...

2010-11-30 15:15:47

Glass is something we all know about. It's what we sip our drinks from, what we look out of to see what the weather is like before going outside and it is the backbone to our high speed communications infrastructure (optical fibers). But what most people don't know is that "glass transitions," where changes in structure of a substance accompanying temperature change get "frozen in," can show up during cooling of most any material, liquids through metals. This produces "glassy states," of that...

2010-11-26 12:09:37

Materials scientists from Case Western Reserve University and the Institute of Solid State Research in Jlich, Germany have produced particularly clear changes in the atomic structure of sapphire following deformation at high temperatures. Peering through an electron microscope down to a level where a human hair would seem as wide as a washer and dryer set, they were able to quantify deviations from the regular columns of aluminum and oxygen atoms - the stuff of perfect sapphire crystals. The...

2010-11-18 14:37:40

The change-over to lead-free products is in full progress. The problem is however that the environmentally friendly alternatives have to be as effi cient as the lead-containing variants. One example is the injection system of diesel engines. Lead-free functional materials can be found faster by means of computer simulation methods. Technical progress in the automobile industry is unbroken. But, the sector has still some hard nuts to crack: "Lead-free materials" is one of the challenges...

2010-11-09 20:55:24

The research has been carried out at the University of the Basque Country The manufacture of pneumatic tyres requires a large cost in energy and raw materials. Moreover, it is a great environmental problem once their life cycle is over, given that they are designed to resist all kinds of adverse conditions and are, thus, very complicated to eliminate. The chemist, Ms María Felisa Laresgoiti, chose to study the process of pyrolisis, both in order to recover part of the energy...

2010-11-09 00:00:00

LITTLETON, Colo., Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) announced today that it has teamed with Texas Instruments (TI) to create the world's first perpetually-powered digital signal processor (DSP) solution using its industry leading solid-state energy storage solutions and ambient energy harvesting technology. This is made possible by the ultra-low power consumption of TI's TMS320C5515 DSP and the ultra-efficient, high-peak current capability and near loss-less...