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2010-04-21 13:55:56

Supercooling, a state where liquids do not solidify even below their normal freezing point, still puzzles scientists today. A good example of this phenomenon is found everyday in meteorology: clouds in high altitude are an accumulation of supercooled droplets of water below their freezing point. Scientists from the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the ESRF have found an...

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2010-04-14 12:42:11

Although it looks small and unassuming, the tiny origami crane sitting in a sample dish in University of Illinois professor Jennifer Lewis' lab heralds a new method for creating complex three-dimensional structures for biocompatible devices, microscaffolding and other microsystems. The penny-sized titanium bird began as a printed sheet of titanium hydride ink. The team will publish their novel technique in the April 14 online edition of the journal Advanced Materials. Small, intricate shapes...

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2010-04-12 12:33:25

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that size plays a key role in determining the structure of certain hollow nanoparticles. The researchers focused on nickel nanoparticles, which have interesting magnetic and catalytic properties that may have applications in fields as diverse as energy production and nanoelectronics. "The principles we're uncovering here have great potential for nanofabrication "“ the creation of materials that have very small features, with many...

2010-04-06 11:30:00

SEATTLE, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- SGL Group and BMW Group jointly announced today at an event in Seattle that their joint venture, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. The new facility is an important element of both companies' strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber...

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2010-04-02 08:05:00

A team of nanotechnology researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University has used friction force microscopy to determine the nanoscale frictional characteristics of four atomically-thin materials, discovering a universal characteristic for these very different materials. Friction across these thin sheets increases as the number of atomic layers decreases, all the way down to one layer of atoms. This friction increase was surprising as there previously was no theory to...

2010-03-23 15:05:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: KEME), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, film, paper and aluminum electrolytic capacitors, announced today that a paper presented at the Capacitor and Resistor Technology Symposium (CARTS) USA in April 2009 by Dr. Yuri Freeman, Director, Advanced Research, was awarded The John D. Moynihan Best Paper Award at CARTS USA 2010, held March 15-18 in New Orleans, LA....

2010-03-22 15:05:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (KEME.OB), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, plastic film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, announced today that it will combine its Ceramic and Film and Electrolytics business groups to generate synergies and accelerate the activities needed to enhance the operational performance of the former Film and Electrolytic (F&E) Business Group. Chuck Meeks, formerly Senior Vice...

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2010-02-23 15:38:28

Designing molecules A class of molecules whose size, structure and chemical composition have been optimized for photonic use could provide the demanding combination of properties needed to serve as the foundation for low-power, high-speed all-optical signal processing. All-optical switching could allow dramatic speed increases in telecommunications by eliminating the need to convert photonic signals to electronic signals "“ and back "“ for switching. All-optical processing could...

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2010-02-16 14:25:32

A "metal foam" that has a similar elasticity to bone could mean a new generation of  biomedical implants that would avoid bone rejection that often results from more rigid implant materials, such as titanium. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed the metal foam, which is even lighter than solid aluminum and can be made of 100 percent steel or a combination of steel and aluminum. In a new paper, researchers have reported recent findings that, in addition to the...

2010-01-06 08:00:00

GREENVILLE, S.C., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KEMET Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: KEME), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, multilayer ceramic, solid aluminum, plastic film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced the release of several new part types to our GR900 High Reliability Series. These new part types offer higher capacitance for our defense and aerospace customers, while maintaining the quality and reliability our customers have come to expect in a KEMET space...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.