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Nanogenerator powers conventional electronics

Electronic gadgets that don’t require charging are a step closer after the successful demonstration of a nanoscale generator that produces enough electricity from mechanical movement to power a LCD display. Device inventor Zhong Lin Wang, from Georgia Tech, explained that the mechanical energy needed to drive the generator could come from a heartbeat, the pounding […]

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Pimp My Electron Microscope

Exploring the properties and dynamics of materials at the nanoscale is problematic. Current techniques can deliver either good spatial resolution or an ultrafast time resolution, but not both. At least until now. A new machine developed at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) can deliver both time and special resolution so fine that the researchers […]

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Novel Water Switch Displays Intriguing Properties

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceshas reported on a tiny, fast switch that uses water droplets to create adhesive bonds almost as strong as aluminum. Biomolecular engineer Paul Steen, of Cornell University, dreamed up the idea after listening to an entomologist’s lecture on palm beetles, which are native to the southeastern United States. […]

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