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December 2004

December 7

Nano World: Software To Speed Nanotech New York (UPI) Dec 03, 2004
New consortia of corporations, universities and federal agencies are seeking to accelerate the development in the wide-open field of nanotechnology software - programs to create and enhance devices with features on the molecular scale.

November 2004

November 21

Futuristic Nano 'Smart' Yarns On The Horizon. Canberra, Australia (SPX) Nov 19, 2004
In a collaborative effort, scientists at CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology have achieved a major technological breakthrough that should soon lead to the production of futuristic strong, light and flexible 'smart' clothing materials.

October 2004

October 24

New display 'as clear as a glossy magazine'
Hewlett-Packard says its liquid-crystal still-image display technology will lead to ultra high-resolution flat screens that are both cheap and low power.

October 10

Next-generation disks could hold hundreds of hours of footage.

September 2004

No Technology articles for September.

August 2004

August 23

NASA Working On Early Version Of Star-Trek-like Main Ship Computer. Moffett Field CA (SPX) Aug 19, 2004
All that is known about future spaceships will be in their main computers, according to NASA scientists. They busily are creating a set of computer 'tools' that possibly will evolve into a main computer system much like that of the fictional starship Enterprise of television's 'Star Trek' series.

Combat robots wow crowds
As well as entertaining, the Japanese contest which pits robot against robot reflects real technological advances, say experts.

August 17

RNA Could Form Building Blocks For Nanomachines. West Lafayette IN (SPX) Aug 12, 2004
Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from RNA, the same substance that shuttles messages around a cell's nucleus, reports a Purdue University research group.

August 8

Breakthrough Yields Simple Way To Make Microscopic Electronics. Boston MA (SPX) Jul 22, 2004
In a breakthrough that could lead to dramatically smaller memory chips and other electronic components, Princeton scientists have found a way to mass produce devices that are so small they are at the limit of what can be viewed by the most powerful microscopes.

Cool Fuel Cells Could Revolutionize Earth's Energy Resources.

July 2004

July 25

'Cool' Fuel Cells Could Revolutionize Earth's Energy Resources.
Imagine a power source so small, yet so efficient, that it could make cumbersome power plants virtually obsolete while lowering your electric bill. A breakthrough in thin film solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is currently being refined in labs at the University of Houston, making that dream a reality.

Tech Researchers Funded To Smooth Out Kinks In Electromagnetic Propulsion. Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 23, 2004
When electromagnetic propulsion was first demonstrated more than a century ago, it inspired science fiction dreams of rocket-less space launches, magnetic levitation (maglev) vehicles and super guns.

July 10

GE Develops High Performance Carbon Nanotube Diode. Niskayuna NY (SPX) Jul 08, 2004
GE Global Research, the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company, announced the development of the world's best performing diode built from a carbon nanotube, which will enable smaller and faster electronic devices with increased functionality. The nano-diode is one of the smallest functioning devices ever made.

June 2004

No Technology articles for June.

May 2004

May 30

Nanotech Improving Energy Options. New York (UPI) May 27, 2004
Nanotechnology could help revolutionize the energy industry, producing advances such as solar power cells made of plastics to environmentally friendly batteries that detoxify themselves, experts told United Press International.

May 2

Nanotube Transistors Could Lead To Better Phones, Faster Computers. Washington - Apr 28, 2004
Scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, that transistors made from single-walled carbon nanotubes can operate at extremely fast microwave frequencies, opening up the potential for better cell phones and much faster computers, perhaps as much as 1,000 times faster.

April 2004

April 11

Aerogels: 'Solid Smoke' May Have Many Uses. Davis - Apr 05, 2004
It looks like glass and feels like solidified smoke, but the most interesting features of the new silica aerogels made by UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers are too small to see or feel. Lighter than styrofoam, this strange material is riddled with pores just nanometers in size, leaving it 98 percent empty.

April 4

Sea change for tidal power
New underwater turbines could be cheap and eco-friendly. 24 March 2004.

Scientists create fifth form of carbon
Magnetic carbon 'nanofoam' could find medical applications. 23 March 2004.

Ethanol To Power The Future Of Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Palo Alto - Mar 30, 2004
Hydrogen fuel cell technology's potentially strong future as a fuel for automobiles and various other applications is likely to be weakened by issues regarding its availability and the expenses involved in storage. Bio-based products such as ethanol are expected to open up new areas for research.

Duke Chemists Describe New Kind Of Nanotube Transistor Anaheim - Mar 30, 2004
Duke University researchers exploring ways to build ultrasmall electronic devices out of atom-thick carbon cylinders have incorporated one of these "carbon nanotubes" into a new kind of field effect transistor.

March 2004

No Technology articles for March

February 2004

February 22

New Reactor Puts Hydrogen From Renewable Fuels Within Reach. Minneapolis - Feb 16, 2004
The first reactor capable of producing hydrogen from a renewable fuel source - ethanol - efficiently enough to hold economic potential has been invented by University of Minnesota engineers. When coupled with a hydrogen fuel cell, the unit - small enough to hold in your hand - could generate one kilowatt of power, almost enough to supply an average home, the researchers said.

Breakthroughs In Capacity, Consumption Set To Revolutionize Photonics. Seattle - Feb 15, 2004
For years, organic electro-optic polymers have held the promise of vastly improving technologies such as communications, data processing and image displays. Now it appears scientists are on the verge of breakthroughs that will bring dramatic progress in materials, as well as the devices in which they are used, setting the stage for a virtual revolution.

Plastic heralds next-generation batteries
Arrays of tiny carbon rods may build tomorrow's lithium cells. 17 February 2004.

February 15

Nano Patterning
Self-assembly has become a critical implement in the toolbox of nanotechnologists. Scientists and engineers who explore the nano realm posit that the same types of forces that construct a snowflake--the natural attractions and repulsions that prompt molecules to form intricate patterns--can build useful structures--say, medical implants or components in electronic chips.

Los Alamos Hopes To Lead New Era Of Nuclear Powered Space Exploration. Albuquerque - Feb 11, 2004
A planned U.S. mission to investigate three ice-covered moons of Jupiter will demand fast-paced research, fabrication and realistic non-nuclear testing of a prototype nuclear reactor within two years, says a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist.

How Plants Split Water Could Provide Key To Our Future Energy Needs. London - Feb 11, 2004
The possibility of using the Earth's abundant supply of water as a cheap source of hydrogen is a step closer thanks to researchers from Imperial College London. By mimicking the method plants use to split water, researchers say that a highly energy efficient way to form cheap supplies of hydrogen fuel may be possible in the future.

January 2004

No Technology articles for January.