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Silica-coated synthetic melanin makes brightly coloured supraballs

September 20, 2017 - 1:22am
Structural colours inspired by duck feathers could be directly added to paints, plastics and coatings, and even be used as UV-resistant inks and cosmetics.

Avalanche effect allows fast-acting phase-change memory

September 19, 2017 - 1:59am
Speed of phase transitions is affected by mechanical strain, meaning that voltage response can be tuned.

DNA sequences shape-shift hydrogels

September 18, 2017 - 4:20am
Potential applications include soft robotics and precision medicine.

Aluminium oxide film staves off battery ageing

September 18, 2017 - 2:52am
Epitaxial coating prevents performance fade by preserving electrode structure.

Interlayer-expanded nanosheets could make good battery electrode materials

September 15, 2017 - 5:18am
2D vanadyl phosphate intercalated with organic molecules improves sodium-ion devices.

Dichalcogenides offer atomically thin alternatives to silicon

September 14, 2017 - 3:28am
Hafnium and zirconium selenides form "native" high-k dielectrics, allowing atomically thin transistors with low-defect interfaces.

Opto-thermophoretic technique assembles colloidal nanoparticles

September 13, 2017 - 4:16am
New approach overcomes the limitations of existing methods and works for a wide range of different materials.

Centrifugal spinning yields industrial quantities of nanofibres

September 13, 2017 - 12:51am
Cheap alternative to electrospinning could deliver nanofibrous battery electrodes to the market in the next few years.

Solar collectors work better with nanofluids

September 12, 2017 - 1:35pm
Adding graphene to the working fluid improves the efficiency of heat transfer.

Enzymes could compete with platinum in new fuel cell

September 11, 2017 - 2:12am
Device produces almost 16 mWh of energy after 17 hours of continuous operation.

FET-based biosensor directly detects molecules in whole serum

September 8, 2017 - 8:52am
Device could be used in point-of-care diagnostics and as a portable alternative to state-of-the-art central laboratory analysers.

Silicon device offers fast route to effective tissue therapy

September 8, 2017 - 2:28am
Focused electric fields deliver reprogramming factors into cells, enabling blood vessels and neurons to be created from skin and muscle tissues.

Optical quantum memory shrinks to the nanoscale

September 7, 2017 - 8:40am
Tiny device enhances interaction between matter and light.

Large-area perovskite films go solvent- and vacuum-free

September 7, 2017 - 7:18am
Record efficiency of 12.1% for a solar module made from a methylammonium lead halide film that is over 36 cm2 in size.

Plasma-treated molecules make effective antibiotics

September 5, 2017 - 4:04am
New approach offers a simple and scalable way to derive novel antibiotics from substances produced naturally by plants.

Nanotube electronics and colour-tuneable OLEDs make wearable cardiac monitor

September 4, 2017 - 3:57am
Device monitors and displays electrocardiogram signals in real time, and can be applied directly to skin.

Graphene detects low-energy photons

September 1, 2017 - 8:13am
New Josephson-junction-based single-photon detector could be used in astronomy and in future quantum information processing technologies.

Sunlight meets spin to improve photovoltaic device

August 31, 2017 - 5:40am
Researchers succeed in combining molecular photovoltaics and spintronics for the first time.

Nanomachines drill through cell membranes

August 31, 2017 - 3:46am
An entirely new way to deliver drugs and destroy diseased cells.

Irregular nanopatterns enable micron-thin silicon solar cells

August 31, 2017 - 1:56am
Winning combination of characteristics promises exceptionally thin crystalline-silicon films manufactured with little waste.