Category Archives: Manufacturing

First large-scale graphene fabrication | Science Daily

One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Graphene, a material stronger and stiffer than carbon fiber, has enormous … Continue reading

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Nano-Architecture | MIT Technology Review

To visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us … Continue reading

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3-D Transistors Made with Molecular Self-Assembly | MIT Technology Review

A new way of building computer chips is taking shape that involves synthesizing molecules so that they automatically assemble into complex structures—which then serve as templates for etching nanoscale circuitry into silicon. The approach could let the computer industry continue … Continue reading

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Nano-Manufacturing Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger | MIT Technology Review

An inexpensive new process can increase the strength of metals such as steel by as much as 10 times, and make them much more resistant to corrosion. If the modified metals pass field testing, the new process could go on … Continue reading

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Scientists Learn to Control “Electron Gas” | Kurzweil AI

[+]Vienna University of Technology researchers have created a two-dimensional “electron gas” in strontium titanate. In a thin layer formed by the gas just below the surface, electrons can move freely and occupy different quantum states. The new material represents a … Continue reading

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Google Project Tango: 3D Scanning in a Cell Phone | Smart Planet

Google has taken the lid off Project Tango, research designed to make our mobile devices function in 3D. The tech giant’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team has produced a smartphone prototype which utilizes a vision processor chip capable of … Continue reading

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Designing amazingly strong materials from the bottom up | Kurzweil AI

Why do the lightweight skeletons of organisms such as sea sponges display a strength that far exceeds that of man-made products constructed from similar materials? Scientists have long suspected that the difference has to do with the hierarchical architecture of … Continue reading

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