Memristor artificial neural network learning based on phase-change memory (PCM)

Caption: Professor Hongsik Jeong and his research team in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST. Credit: UNIST I’m pretty sure that Professor Hongsik Jeong is the one on the right. He seems more relaxed, like he’s accustomed to posing for pictures highlighting his work. Now on to the latest memristor news, which features the number 8. For anyone unfamiliar with the term memristor, it’s a device (of sorts) which scientists, involved in…

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Submersible dandelions and the materials they could inspire

Before launching into the news item and if you’re as ignorant about the term as I was, here’s what it means to be a dandelion clock, from the dandelion clock definition on Wiktionary [Note: Links have been removed]), A single stem of a dandelion in its post-flowering state with the downy covering of its head intact. The term is applied when the flower is used, or is thought of as suitable for use, in a…

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Office Upgrade

Having worked from home for over a year, it’s probably no surprise that my office has evolved from the early days of the pandemic. I no longer find myself spending countless hours hunched over my computer at the kitchen table wondering why everything aches. The evolution has involved converting the guest bedroom into a properContinue reading "Office Upgrade"

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Making carbon capture more efficient and cheaper with graphene filters

Years ago someone asked me if there was any nanotechnology research into carbon capture. I couldn’t answer the question at the time but since then I’ve been on the lookout for more on the topic. So, I’m happy to add this February 25, 2021 news item on Nanowerk to my growing number of carbon capture posts (Note: A link has been removed), One of the main culprits of global warming is the vast amount of…

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Plug me in: how to power up ingestible and implantable electroncis

From time to time I’ve featured ‘vampire technology’, a name I vastly prefer to energy harvesting or any of its variants. The focus has usually been on implantable electronic devices such as pacemakers and deep brain stimulators. In this February 16, 2021 Nanowerk Spotlight article, Michael Berger broadens the focus to include other electronic devices, Imagine edible medical devices that can be safely ingested by patients, perform a test or release a drug, and then…

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Precision targeting of the liver for gene editing

Apparently the magic is in the lipid nanoparticles. A March 1, 2021 news item on Nanowerk announced research into lipid nanoparticles as a means to deliver CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) to specific organs (Note: A link has been removed), The genome editing technology CRISPR has emerged as a powerful new tool that can change the way we treat disease. The challenge when altering the genetics of our cells, however, is how to…

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Let’s Get Sorted in Here: SRC uses Science to Maximize Sorting Efficiency

X-ray transmission (XRT) sorters are a popular choice for mineral processing plants due to their sorting ability, robustness and applicability across a variety of ores, but how can a mining company know if XRT is right for them? Learn how SRC experts combine technologies to help find the answer.

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Transplanting healthy neurons could be possible with walking molecules and 3D printing

A February 23, 2021 news item on ScienceDaily announces work which may lead to healing brain injuries and diseases, Imagine if surgeons could transplant healthy neurons into patients living with neurodegenerative diseases or brain and spinal cord injuries. And imagine if they could “grow” these neurons in the laboratory from a patient’s own cells using a synthetic, highly bioactive material that is suitable for 3D printing.By discovering a new printable biomaterial that can mimic properties…

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Welcome Jayit & MinXiang

With the summer semester getting started, I thought I should take some time to welcome the newest Mitacs Globalink interns to join our lab. MinXiang is a third-year student at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China studying computer science. She has previously worked as a part-time front-end developer visualizing internet of thingsContinue reading "Welcome Jayit & MinXiang"

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