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Latest and Breaking Nanotechnology News

Nonfriction literature
(Lehigh University) Friction and wear costs the US at least $500 billion every year. The National Science Foundation is supporting joint Lehigh-DuPont research into tribology through the GOALI Program, Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry.

This Slinky lookalike 'hyperlens' helps us see tiny objects
(University at Buffalo) It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement -- called a metamaterial hyperlens -- doesn't climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects.

Basel physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents
(University of Basel) Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to two electrical conductors, which uncouple the electrical signal in a highly efficient manner. The scientists at the Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel have published their results in the scientific journal Nature Communications together with their colleagues from ETH Zurich.

Visualizing how radiation bombardment boosts superconductivity
(DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory) Study shows how heavy-ion induced atomic-scale defects in iron-based superconductors 'pin' potentially disruptive quantum vortices, enabling high currents to flow unimpeded. The study opens a new way forward for designing and understanding superconductors that can operate in demanding high-current, high magnetic field applications, such as zero-energy-loss power transmission lines and energy-generating turbines.

Turn that defect upside down
(Michigan Technological University) Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries -- which are small, symmetrical defects in materials -- may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries.

Simulations predict flat liquid
(Academy of Finland) Computer simulations have predicted a new phase of matter: atomically thin two-dimensional liquid.

SPIE Spotlights e-book series launches, offering short tutorials in optics and photonics
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) SPIE Spotlights, a new peer-reviewed e-book series from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has launched with tutorials on image resolution, fiber optics, and logistics of setting up a laser lab. The new series fills a gap between longer works and single papers, and provides an accessible resource for professionals throughout the field.

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers
(University of Georgia) Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture nanofibers. The new method, dubbed 'magnetospinning,' provides a very simple, scalable and safe means for producing very large quantities of nanofibers that can be embedded with a multitude of materials, including live cells and drugs.

Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A Berkeley Lab study has shown that just as exposure to gamma radiation transforms Bruce Banner into fictional superhero the Hulk, exposure to alpha-particle radiation can transform thermoelectric materials into far more powerful versions of themselves.

EST energy conference: Research for the transformation of the energy system
(Karlsruher Institut fr Technologie (KIT) ) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will present its energy research activities at the international conference 'EST 2015 - Energy, Science, and Technology.' KIT's research focuses on renewable energies, energy efficiency as well as on energy and storage systems. From May 20 to 22, 2015, presentations, posters, exhibits, and excursions will provide insight into the state of the art of interdisciplinary research and coming innovations in the energy sector.

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