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New Type of Liquid Crystal Promises to Improve Performance of Digital Displays
October 5, 2010
Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays used on everything from digital watches to flat panel televisions.
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