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Elusive spintronics success could lead to single chip for processing and memory

7 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have shown that a magnetically polarized current can be manipulated by electric fields. This important discovery opens up the prospect of simultaneously processing and storing data on electrons held...

Using new materials to make more reliable nanoelectromechanical systems

7 years ago from

Given their outstanding mechanical and electrical properties, carbon nanotubes are attractive building blocks for next-generation nanoelectromechanical devices, including high-performance sensors, logic devices, and memory elements. However, manufacturing challenges associated with...

Building mental muscles through theoretical physics

7 years ago from

A grant from the D. J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundation has made it possible for a student from a suburban Indianapolis high school to co-author, along with his mentor and two...

Green: Nuclear 'Renaissance' Is Short on Largess

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Federal aid is insufficient, a panel agrees, and low natural gas prices and a failure to legislate a price on carbon dioxide emissions don't help either.

Quark–gluon mania returns to CERN

7 years ago from Physics World

LHC ends 2010 run on a high, but understanding its latest data is only beginning

Green: Hertz Adds Electric Cars to N.Y. Fleet

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Plug-in-hybrid and electric models will be available at car-sharing locations in the city starting on Dec. 15.

New Self-Healing Materials Detect When They're Damaged and Fix Themselves

7 years ago from PopSci

A Thermal Image Shows the Shape-Memory System in Action Where infrared laser light - that is, heat - is applied, the material toughens and regains its original shape, strengthening cracks or tears in...

Panasonic, Imec present new thin film packaged MEMS resonator

7 years ago from Physorg

Panasonic and imec present at the International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco an innovative SiGe (silicon germanium) thin film packaged SOI-based MEMS resonator featuring an industry-record Q factor combined...

Doctor Who's trusty invention is anything but sci-fi: Sonic screwdriver to solve future DIY woes

7 years ago from Science Daily

Ultrasonic engineers have uncovered how a real life version of the fictional screwdriver -- which uses sonic technology to open locks and undo screws -- could be created.

In Quantum Computing Leap, Tiny Lasers Target Individual Atoms

7 years ago from PopSci

If we're ever going to create the next-gen quantum computers that promise to solve complex and difficult problems at super-fast speeds, first we'll need to a means to manipulate atoms individually. So researchers...

Notre Dame receives TARDEC grant for next-generation batteries

7 years ago from Physorg

Faculty from the University of Notre Dame’s Colleges of Engineering and Science have been awarded more than $1.3 million from the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center...

High levels of toxic particles found in fireworks

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Fireworks can be spectacular. However, the gas and smoke produced by the colorful explosions carry extremely high levels of toxic particles, according to a study by Audrey Smargiassi,...

In the lab, engineer's novel liquid provides a solid fix for broken bones

7 years ago from Physorg

A bone-healing fluid that can be injected into breaks with a syringe shows such strong promise in lab testing, that it has been licensed from Brown by a Massachusetts biotech...

Duelling dipoles: In search of a new theory of photosynthetic energy transfer

7 years ago from Science Daily

Chemists have refuted a basic postulate of Förster theory, which describes energy transfers between pigment molecules, such as those that underlie photosynthesis. A revised version of the theory could have...

Understanding nitric oxide toxicity

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at MIT, the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), and the University of California at Davis have succeeded in characterizing the dinitrosyl iron complexes (DNICs) produced during...

Bad virus put to good use: Breakthrough batteries

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Viruses have a bad rep--and rightly so. The ability of a virus to quickly and precisely replicate itself makes it a destructive scourge to animals and plants alike....

Alliance heralds era of smartphone wallets

7 years ago from Physorg

The mobile phone may soon be someone's ticket to board any transit system in the world.

Science and Curiosities at the Court of Versailles - review

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Château de Versailles, FranceThe Science and Curiosities at the Court of Versailles exhibition presents an unusual view of life at the chateau, not so much a palace as a laboratory, a place...

Researchers improve efficiency of low-cost solar cells

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- As part of the recent progress in improving solar cells for widespread use, researchers from Purdue University have designed solar cells made of low-cost, abundant materials that are...

OMV: Ankara has important role in Nabucco

7 years ago from UPI

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Turkey is positioned to become a major energy hub once the Nabucco natural gas pipeline comes on stream, the head of Austrian energy...

How to make graphene with a pencil and sticky tape (w/ Videos)

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a video that communicates science achievements to people of all backgrounds, physicist and TV presenter Jonathan Hare explains how to make graphene from a graphite pencil and...

FOR KIDS: When the universe began ... again

7 years ago from Sciencenews.org

Physicists suggest maybe the Big Bang was the latest of many bangs

U.S. gets medical isotope made from low-grade uranium

7 years ago from Reuters:Science

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A U.S. company has received the first batch of medical isotopes made from low-grade uranium instead of weapons-grade material, a shift that could help cut the threat...

Carbon dioxide-free energy can meet the world’s energy needs in 2050, Danish report finds

7 years ago from Science Daily

Taken as a whole, energy sources with low or no carbon emissions could easily cover the global energy supply in 2050, according to a new Danish report. The challenge for...

Power grid of the future saves energy

7 years ago from Science Daily

Green energy too comes out of the electricity socket, but to get there it has to travel a long journey -- from wind turbines in the North Sea or regional...

UK power sector 'needs overhaul'

The UK needs to revolutionise the power industry to meet its climate change laws, according to a report by the government's climate advisers.

Dot Earth: Powerpoint Diplomacy in an Energy Push at Climate Talks

7 years ago from NY Times Science

At climate talks, the American energy secretary drops concerns about China from his stump speech calling for an energy revolution.

New technique for antihydrogen synthesis promises answers to mysteries of antimatter

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at RIKEN, Japan's flagship research institution, have successfully devised the world’s first experimental technique for measuring ground-state hyperfine transitions of antihydrogen. By enabling scientists to test fundamental...