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Tiny rulers to measure nanoscale structures

With the advent of nanometer-sized machines, there is considerable demand for stable, precise tools to measure absolute distances and distance changes. One way to do this is with a plasmon ruler. In physics ...

dateAug 31, 2010 in Nanophysics
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Metal oxide 'can transform'

(PhysOrg.com) -- A team including Oxford University scientists has been investigating what happens to the top layer of atoms on the surface of a material that splits water and has potential uses in nanoelectronics.

dateFeb 15, 2010 in Nanomaterials
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Lasers put a shine on metals

(PhysOrg.com) -- Polishing metal surfaces is a demanding but monotonous task, and it is difficult to find qualified young specialists. Polishing machines do not represent an adequate alternative because they ...

dateNov 03, 2009 in Engineering
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Explosives prevent technology theft

Product piracy causes billions worth of damage worldwide. A combination of visible and invisible copy protection is really effective against this. Explosive embossing is an economical procedure and can be ...

dateJun 25, 2009 in Engineering
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Carbon nanotubes and the environment

Carbon nanotubes have made a meteoric career in the past 15 years, even if their applications are still limited. Recent research results show that - apart from their favorable mechanical and electrical properties ...

dateMay 05, 2009 in Bio & Medicine
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Paper electrified by copper particles

The Polymer Chemistry Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland, has succeeded in producing nano-sized metallic copper particles. When the size of particles is reduced to a nano-scale (one nanometre being one ...

dateMar 16, 2009 in Nanomaterials
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Researchers see exotic force for first time

(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, researchers have measured a long-theorized force that operates at distances so tiny they’re measured in billionths of a meter, which may have important applications in ...

dateJan 07, 2009 in General Physics
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