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Researchers find tin selenide shows promise for efficiently converting waste heat into electrical energy

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at Northwestern University has found that tin selenide (SnSe) has the highest Carnot efficiency for a thermoelectric cycle ever found, making it potentially ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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New, more versatile version of Geckskin: Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

(Phys.org) —The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the ...

1 hours ago from Phys.org

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Under some LED bulbs whites aren't 'whiter than white'

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent ...

4 hours ago from Phys.org

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Chiral breathing: Electrically controlled polymer changes its optical properties

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarisation filters, and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Thinnest feasible nano-membrane produced

A new nano-membrane made out of the 'super material' graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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First direct observations of excitons in motion achieved

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood theoretically for decades. But ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Researchers model world's first carbon-based 'spaser'

(Phys.org) —A new version of "spaser" technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing.

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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A greener source of polyester—cork trees

On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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New type of barcode could make counterfeiters' lives more difficult

Counterfeiters, beware! Scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries. Although ...

Wed 16 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre Awarded Grants for Acquisition of Biotech and Nanophotonics Equipment

Professor Marc André Gauthier and Professor Luca Razzari of the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre have each been awarded large grants from the John ...

7 hours ago from AZoNano

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