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Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer.   They have built a fully-functional robot in the lab to [...]

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined by their non-naturally-occurring properties, often result in structures with high degree of symmetries in [...]

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Future Computers Built from Magnetic ‘Tornadoes’

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). Lead researcher, Dr [...]

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Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

Mimicking Brain Cells to Boost Memory Power

RMIT University researchers have brought ultra-fast, nano-scale data storage within striking reach, using technology that mimics the human brain.   The researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the development of highly stable and reliable nanoscale memory devices. The pioneering work will feature on a forthcoming cover of materials science [...]

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Graphene: When a Doughnut Becomes an Apple

Graphene: When a Doughnut Becomes an Apple

In experiments using the wonder material graphene, ETH researchers have been able to demonstrate a phenomenon predicted by a Russian physicist more than 50 years ago. They analysed a layer structure that experts believe may hold unimagined promise.   Anastasia Varlet works as a doctoral candidate in the research group headed by ETH Professor Klaus [...]

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First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels’ electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.   The partnership between the two organisations combines the graphene expertise of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), with the transistor and display [...]

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Beyond Silicon: Next Generation Electronic Device

Beyond Silicon: Next Generation Electronic Device

In the consumer electronics industry, the mantra for innovation is higher device performance/less power. Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State’s Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes nights in the cleanroom of the Materials Research Institute’s Nanofabrication Laboratory trying to make innovative transistor devices out of materials other than the standard semiconductor [...]

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New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces

New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces

A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.   The research team led by ORNL’s Zheng Gai examined how oxygen affects the surface of a perovskite [...]

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Breakthrough for IT Using Heusler Materials

Breakthrough for IT Using Heusler Materials

It is the breakthrough that physicists and chemists around the world have long anticipated and it will play a pivotal role in information technology in coming years. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have managed, for the first time, to directly observe the 100 percent spin polarization of a Heusler compound. Heusler alloys are [...]

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Playing Pool With Carbon Atoms

Playing Pool With Carbon Atoms

A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil ‘lead’, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible use of graphene in microprocessors that would be smaller and faster than current, silicon-based technology.   Graphene consists of extremely thin sheets [...]

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