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MANA demos tuneable mesopores in metal films

Researchers at MANA, the International Centre for Materials Nanoarchitectonics at NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan have demonstrated a simple approach for producing metal films with regular tuneable mesopores, and show their potential for high-sensitivity optical detection…

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Ardern wins international engineering award

Matthew Ardern, 17, of Stockport Grammar School has won fourth place in the highly prestigious International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Matthew won the award in the ‘Engineering – Mechanics’ category, which also came with a $500 prize. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest international…

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More on: IBM approaches 100Gbit/s all CMOS optical transceivers

IBM has revealed more about its 100Gbit/s CMOS optical transmitter, reported at the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics in San Jose last week. Using its sub-100nm CMOS9WG silicon-on-insulator process, it has implemented Mach-Zehnder modulators (MZMs) and a compatible 50Ω CMOS driver. Unlike the 16Gbit…

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IBM approaches 100Gbit/s all CMOS optical transceivers

IBM engineers have designed and tested a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, “which will soon enable manufacturing of 100Gbit/s optical transceivers”, said the firm. Details are few as the technology is being presented at Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics in San Jose this week. “IBM engineers…

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Another step on the long road to quantum computing

IBM has got error detection working on a segment of quantum computer. The firm is working towards ‘surface code’ error correction for superconducting quantum computers, which need correction because entangled qubits (quantum bits) are prone to spontaneous errors.  Surface code correction spreads quantum information across many qubits that only interact…

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Little robots pull more than 100 times their weight

Mighty things come in small packages. The little robots in the video below can haul things that weigh over 100 times more than themselves. The super-strong bots – built by mechanical engineers at Stanford University in California – will be presented next month at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation…

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Graphene helps study other 2D semiconductors

Researchers have used graphene and 2D insulator boron nitride to make a clean environment in which to study other 2D semiconductors. Molybdenum disulphide has come out of the tests well. At issue is the large surface area of 2D molecules which offeres huge possibilities for unwanted interaction. In work at…

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Polysilicon-on-paper for printing low-cost circuits

Polysilicon can be made on paper and other low-temperature substrates by a process developer by researchers in The Netherlands and Japan. The same process has yielded CMOS transistors on a wafer. Silicon has already been used as an alternative to organic and oxide semiconductor materials in inks for printing…

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