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I&T Weekly is taking a holiday break. We will be back on Friday, January 12, 2018 with a fresh selection of innovation and technology news. On behalf of the entire UNU-MERIT team, we wish our readers an excellent 2018!

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  • France announces landmark ban on fossil fuel production
  • Extreme laser bursts may lead to practical nuclear fusion
  • Gene editing staves off deafness in mice
  • Integrated circuits could make quantum computers scalable
  • 'Water cloak' uses electromagnetic waves to eliminate turbulence
  • Cold cigarette lighter will power satellite
  • Nanotechnology can turn windows into mirrors
    Imagine a window that could instantly turn into mirror - the possibility is real, thanks to a breakthrough in nanotechnology by researchers at the Australian National University (ANU).

    They have developed a material that promises to protect astronauts from harmful radiation, as well as practical uses closer to home.

    ANU researchers have dubbed their invention a 'smart mirror', and all that is needed for it to change is an adjustment to its temperature. The mirror consists of many dielectric nanoparticles which are carefully designed and arranged within a single layer. The layer of nanoparticles are spread so thin that they are just 0.00005 of a millimetre apart.

    Until now, optical silicates have only achieved one function. But with a switch in heat, the new one promises to transform - to either absorb, reflect or emit light and radiation. The film is thin enough to coat a pin head hundreds of times, and could be applied to any surface, such as a spacesuit.

    ABC Net    July 05, 2017