Cracking a Tough Nut for the Semiconductor Industry

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a method to measure the toughness -- the resistance to fracture -- of the thin insulating films that play a critical role in ...

Enhancing solar cells with nanoparticles

Deriving plentiful electricity from sunlight at a modest cost is a challenge with immense implications for energy, technology, and climate policy. A paper in a special energy issue of Optics Express, the Optical Society's ...

Scientists Study Earthquake Swarm Near Maupin

(PhysOrg.com) -- During the last two years more than 350 small earthquakes have been recorded just outside the small eastern Oregon town of Maupin and scientists are unsure what is triggering the activity.

Measuring Nanoparticle Behavior in the Body Using MRI

(PhysOrg.com) -- One of the key steps in the development of any drug or imaging agent intended for human use is measurement of the adsorption, metabolism, and excretion of the drug. Quantifying this collection of pharmacological ...

'Barcode Chip' Enables Cheap, Fast Blood Tests

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new barcode chip developed by a multi-institutional team of investigators promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. In less than 10 minutes and using just a pinprick’s worth of blood, the ...

Researcher hopes to put fuel cells on the fast track

(PhysOrg.com) -- The slow evolution of clean-energy solutions is about to kick into high gear, if Sossina M. Haile has anything to say about it. As a fuel cell researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founding ...

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