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Graphene's incredible mechanical and electronic properties are well known, but it is difficult to make in bulk.
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... at least two major mobile companies were set to release fuel cell-powered handsets in 2005. Fuel cells turn the chemical energy stored in hydrogen into electrical energy to power devices. Unlike traditional lithium ion batteries, they can be made in a variety of shapes and form. They are also refillable, as opposed to rechargeable via electricity and last for days rather than hours. "The form factor of early fuel cells will be...


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a fabric made of a mesh of light-sensitive fibers that collectively act like a rudimentary camera. The fibers, which each can detect two frequencies of light, produced signals that when amplified and processed by a computer reproduced an image of a smiley face near the mesh.


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Batteries made from plain copier paper could make for future energy storage that is truly paper thin.


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The new study has shown how spider silk captures water from the air and gathers it into jewel-like droplets.


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Minuscule tubes coated with a chemical fuel can act as a power source with 100 times more electrical power by weight than conventional batteries. As these nano-scale "fuses" burn, they drive an electrical current along their length at staggering speeds. The never-before-seen phenomenon could lead to a raft of energy applications.


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Such states, in which an object is effectively in two places at once, have until now only been accomplished with single particles, atoms and molecules. In this experiment, published in the journal Nature, scientists produced a quantum state in an object billions of times larger than previous tests.


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Scientists have revealed the smallest man-made pump ever built - the size of a human red blood cell. The team of US and Korean researchers used ultra-fast laser pulses to create tunnels in glass rods thinner than a human hair.


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The inventor of a low-cost solar cell that could be used to build electricity generating windows has been awarded this year's Millennium Technology Prize.


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