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Silicon backing should make high-efficiency lighting more affordable.
Cheaper green semiconductor lasers could bring a novel display technology to market.
Heat-assisted magnetic recording promises 60-terabyte hard disks.
Large patches of an extremely strong new adhesive, inspired by geckos, can be used over and over again.
Such materials could be used to cool computers and buildings, and harvest waste heat in cars.
Researchers at Stanford make an electrode that can be recharged 40,000 times without losing much capacity.
The approach could boost U.S. lithium production—just as demand is set to soar with increased electric-vehicle usage.
In one simple step, viruses can be turned into sophisticated structures with novel optical or biomedical properties.
Carbon nanotube yarns produce as much torque as an electric motor.
A sheath of carbon nanotubes or conductive polymer improves the charge-storage capacity of electrodes.