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Carbon nanoballs can greatly contribute to sustainable energy supply

January 28, 2015 9:07 am | by Johanna Wilde, Chalmers Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers Univ. of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26% higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. This could result in enormous efficiency gains in the power grids of the future, which are needed to achieve a sustainable energy system.

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Laser pulse that gets shorter by itself

January 28, 2015 8:53 am | by Florian Aigner, Vienna Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad. Something similar happens to a pulse of light sent through a medium. The pulse is a combination of different colors (or wavelengths), and when they are sent through a medium like glass, they travel at different speeds.

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New pathway to valleytronics

January 28, 2015 8:43 am | by Lynn Yarris, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is “valleytronics,” in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain 2-D semiconductors. Now, a promising new pathway to valleytronic technology has been uncovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Drug combo suppresses growth of late-stage prostate cancer tumors

January 28, 2015 8:31 am | by Natalie van Hoose, Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Low doses of metformin, a widely used diabetes medication and a gene inhibitor known as BI2536 can successfully halt the growth of late-stage prostate cancer tumors, a Purdue Univ. study finds. Prostate cancer causes the second-highest number of cancer-related deaths in men in the U.S., and methods of treating advanced prostate cancer are limited.

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Researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale

January 28, 2015 8:26 am | by Christopher R. Samoray, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Friction impacts motion, hence the need to control friction forces. Currently, this is accomplished by mechanistic means or lubrication, but experiments conducted by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered a way of controlling friction on ionic surfaces at the nanoscale using electrical stimulation and ambient water vapor.

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Man trumps dog: Earlier assumption about BPA exposure confirmed

January 28, 2015 8:18 am | by Mary Beckman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, according to a new study. The study concludes that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures. BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is used to make some plastics and to seal canned food containers against bacterial contamination. Food, which picks up trace amounts of BPA from packaging, is the major source of human exposure.

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Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories

January 28, 2015 8:11 am | by Karen McNulty Walsh, Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

The idea of computing systems based on controlling atomic spins just got a boost from new research performed at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory. By constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light around impurity atoms in diamond crystals, the team dramatically increased the efficiency with which photons transmit information about those atoms' electronic spin states, which can be used to store quantum information.

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Deep Ultraviolet Luminescence Spectrophotometer

January 27, 2015 3:08 pm | by McPherson | McPherson | Product Releases | Comments

McPherson’s Deep UV Luminescence Spectrophotometer extends capabilities for material science and novel, efficient lighting research. McPherson has announce improved optical characterization systems for spectral measurements from the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) to the near infrared. The vacuum ultraviolet universal spectrophotometer is an optical test system optimized for emitting samples like phosphors or photo- and electro-luminescent crystals.

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Detector Delivers Real-time Frame Rates

January 27, 2015 11:03 am | by Teledyne DALSA | Product Releases | Comments

The Rad-icon 3030 detector features 3,096 x 3,100 pixel resolution, an active area of 30.6 x 30.7 cm and 99-micron pixel size. Rad-icon detectors deliver real-time frame rates of up to 30 fps, high sensitivity and superb resolution in a large area device that is fully integrated and available with a fast, reliable Gigabit Ethernet or Camera Link interface.

Miniature Pneumatic Products & Solutions Catalog

January 27, 2015 10:44 am | by Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., manufacturer of miniature pneumatic products, has just released their all-new full-line catalog. This new edition features over 10 new product lines including specifications, technical drawings and application highlights throughout.

High-speed Data Acquisition

January 27, 2015 10:41 am | by Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The Keysight data acquisition solution uses signal resampling which provides on-board enhancement of the range analysis and offers a stable ADC signal sampling cadence. The solution focuses on the clock stability while acquiring the signal in order to avoid sampling cadence changes. This adverse effect on signal acquisition typically occurs when an external k-clock is used.

Micro Droplet System

January 27, 2015 10:23 am | by Dolomite | Product Releases | Comments

Dolomite Microfluidics has developed an innovative range of Micro Droplet Systems for automatic, seamless production of monodispersed droplets. Built around Dolomite’s pulseless pressure pumps, connectors and chips, Micro Droplet Systems benefit a wide range of applications, including compartmentalized chemistry and high-throughput experiments.

PTR-TOFMS System

January 27, 2015 9:49 am | by Ionicon Analytik GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

IONICON PTR-TOF systems are capable of measuring trace gas samples in real-time with a high mass resolving power. The new “fastGC” module adds an optional chemical separation step before the analysis. The module consists of a short GC column with an advanced heating concept for ultra-fast heating and equally fast cooling rates which makes this pre-separation step nearly real time.

Ultra-specific Validated Monoclonal Antibodies

January 27, 2015 8:53 am | by AMSBIO | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has announced the availability of ultra-specific and extensively validated monoclonal antibodies under the UltraMAB brand. Screening of candidate antibodies against greater than 10,000 human proteins, using a High Density Protein Microarray Platform, has resulted in the identification of the most specific monoclonal antibodies (UltraMAB antibodies) available for cancer biomarkers and other important diagnostic targets.

Hybrid memory device for superconducting computing

January 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated a nanoscale memory technology for superconducting computing that could hasten the advent of an urgently awaited, low-energy alternative to power-hungry conventional data centers and supercomputers. In recent years, the stupendous and growing data demands of cloud computing, expanded Internet use, mobile device support and other applications have prompted the creation of large, centralized computing facilities.

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