Archive: 10/05/2012

Improved lubrication without oil

Running nicely – this applies even more to aqueous biopolymer solutions than to oil. These solutions are used as a cooling lubricant for machining hard metals and for tool-making machinery on which tools are manufactured.

dateMay 10, 2012 in Materials Science
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Researchers fold origami with light

(Phys.org) -- Replacing the need for nimble fingers, researchers have demonstrated how to make origami using light of a specific wavelength. They call the new folding technique photo-origami, and it could potentially be used ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in General Physics feature
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Microfluidics: Creating chaos

A quiet revolution is taking place in the fields of biology and chemistry. Microfluidic devices, which allow fluid manipulation in micro-scale channels, are slowly but surely finding their place on the lab bench. A new microfluidic ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Other
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Optimal planning of solar power plants

The photovoltaics industry is booming, and the market for solar farms is growing quickly all over the world. Yet, the task of planning PV power plants to make them as effi cient as possible is far from trivial. Fraunhofer ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Energy & Green Tech
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Ultra-short laser pulses for science and industry

The shorter the pulse duration, the more precisely the laser tool operates. Ultra-short laser pulses of outstanding high average püower are opening the doors to new applications in high throughput materials processing. ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Engineering
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Photonics: strong vibrations

A new approach to generating terahertz radiation will lead to new imaging and sensing applications. The low energy of the radiation means that it can pass through materials that are otherwise opaque, opening up uses in imaging ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Optics & Photonics
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