News tagged with insulation

Topological insulators take two steps forward

A team of researchers from the Stanford Institute of Materials and Energy Science, a joint institute of the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University, and their international ...

Aug 10, 2010
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Scientists grow 'sea urchin'-shaped structures

Swiss researchers have succeeded in growing sea-urchin shaped nanostructures from minute balls of polystyrene beads using a simple electrochemical process. The spines of the sea urchin consist of zinc oxide ...

Jul 29, 2010
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Glass electrodes used in nanoscale pump

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of engineers from the U.S. and South Korea has developed what is believed to be the smallest man-made pump ever built, powered by a glass electrode. The pump is about the same size ...

May 17, 2010 report
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Printable sensors

In the future every home will have one: electronic devices that you can control just by pointing a finger. To turn this vision into reality the 3Plast research consortium is developing special sensors that ...

Mar 22, 2010
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Taming the wild phonon

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have succeeded in creating a synthetic crystal that can very effectively control the transmission of heat -- stopping it in its tracks and reflecting it back. ...

Mar 22, 2010
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