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Image: Shantanu Mishra, Pascal Ruffieux and Roman Fasel ; Copyright: Gian Vaitl / Empa

Exotic magnetic states in miniature dimensions


We are all used to the idea that simpler units in nature interact to form complex structures. Take, for example, the hierarchy of life, where atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form cells, cells combine to form tissues, and so on, ultimately leading to the formation of complex organisms such as humans.
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Image: Virus infection tests; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB

Indoor Air: How to Eliminate Viruses Effectively


How can viruses be effectively eliminated from indoor air? This question is now becoming more important as fall approaches. Efficient indoor air purification is essential, especially in schools. Fraunhofer researchers are investigating and optimizing various filter and air purification techniques in the AVATOR project.
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Image: Semiconductor spin quantum-bit (qubit) device; Copyright: Yuta Matsumoto et al.

Cutting through the noise: AI enables high-fidelity quantum computing


Researchers at SANKEN use machine learning classification to dramatically improve accuracy when reading the spin states of electrons on quantum dots, which may lead to more robust and practical quantum computing.
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Image: Camera image showing an array of 9 spatial light modulators immersed in the organic active layer; Copyright: Capasso Lab/Harvard SEAS

Bridging optics and electronics


Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in collaboration with a team from Washington University, have developed a simple spatial light modulator made from gold electrodes covered by a thin film of electro-optical material that changes its optical properties in response to electric signals.
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Image: Smart displays that show information through fabric; Copyright: University of Waterloo

Smart displays that show information through fabric may be the next wave of wearable tech


Researchers have developed an innovative display that shows information through clothes and other fabrics. The new technology, which the researchers are calling PocketView, uses LED lights to display basic information. It can function as a stand-alone piece of tech or could be incorporated into existing or next-generation smart devices.
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Image:a man in a white coat makes adjustments to a system; Copyright: Jürgen Jeibmann/Fraunhofer IWS

Clean air at all times


Metal processing with lasers and plasma releases many different pollutants into the ambient air. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS, together with partners, has developed a filter system that efficiently removes these substances from the air. T
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Image: Ion track nanotechnology from GSI Materials Research creates a highly sensitive nanopore; Copyright: GSI/FAIR

New sensor for SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses based on GSI nanotechnology


Easy and fast detection of viruses are crucial in a pandemic. Based on single-nanopore membranes of GSI, an international interdisciplinary team of researchers developed a test method that detects SARS-CoV-2 in saliva, without sample pretreatment, with the same sensitivity as a qPCR test, and in only 2 hours. On top, the sensor can distinguish infectious from non-infectious corona viruses.
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Image: Researchers at Jülich have detected string-like structures made of skyrmions; Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

Skyrmion Research: Braids of Nanovortices Discovered


A team of scientists has discovered a new physical phenomenon: complex braided structures made of tiny magnetic vortices known as skyrmions. Skyrmions were first detected experimentally a little over a decade ago and have since been providing a possible basis for innovative concepts in information processing that offer better performance and lower energy consumption.
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Image: Prof. Jörg Kröger (right) explains to Prof. Stefan Sinzinger (foreground) how the cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope works ; Copyright: Lutz Müller

New cryo-lab at TU Ilmenau for research into bioinspired electronics


Technische Universität Ilmenau has commissioned a cryoanalytics laboratory for basic research into innovative materials for micro- and nanoelectronics. The neuromorphic electronics being developed at TU Ilmenau are highly efficient and extremely energy-saving.
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Image: Textile electronics at your fingertips: At the opening of the Textile Prototyping Lab, the new devices could be tested live; Copyright: Fraunhofer IZM

E-textiles: So hot right now!


Fraunhofer IZM and the weißensee academy of art in Berlin have opened a unique open innovation lab for prototyping textile electronics. Fitted with the latest in high-tech equipment and machines, the Textile Prototyping Lab (TPL) can turn e-textile visions into real fabrics and garments with its interdisciplinary team of scientists and artists.
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