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Programmable plasmon modes could help make ultrasensitive molecular sensors

December 7, 2016 - 6:17am
A new way to make narrow plasmonic resonances in a nonmaterial and tune them across the visible range.

Nanodiamonds track intraneuronal abnormalities

December 5, 2016 - 5:50am
New technique could be used to monitor how molecular transport through neurons is modified in diseases like autism and Alzheimer’s.

Ghost images taken using pairs of atoms

December 5, 2016 - 5:49am
New technique could test fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

Polymers and small-molecule acceptors improve organic photovoltaics

December 2, 2016 - 4:09am
Making highly efficient solar cells by combining cheap and readily available donor semiconducting polymers with two non-fullerene acceptors in a ternary blend.

Polypyrrole-MnO2 nanotubes improve lithium-sulphur batteries

December 1, 2016 - 5:35am
New electrode material might be useful in applications such as portable electronics devices, electric vehicles and for storing renewable energy on the grid scale.

Carbon nanotubes image brain extracellular space

November 28, 2016 - 5:21am
New technique could help improve our understanding of brain development and monitor neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Current switches insulator’s magnetic state

November 24, 2016 - 7:29am
Technique could be important for making new types of memory or logic devices.

Attosecond experiment monitors the birth of a photoelectron

November 24, 2016 - 6:43am
Observation of the photoelectric effect could help researchers design improved nanomaterials.

New contender InSe ranks high for 2D devices

November 24, 2016 - 6:20am
Incorporation of monolayer InSe in stable devices for the first time introduces a new 2D material with highly competitive properties.

Confined phonons could help create better electronic circuits

November 22, 2016 - 8:03am
By modulating how vibrations of the crystal lattice travel in nanostructures, researchers could create smaller, more efficient devices.

CMOS-compatible SiC qualifies for quantum technology

November 21, 2016 - 6:35am
Potential protocols for quantum communication, cryptography and information processing may be realised using defects in silicon carbide.

Gold supraspheres for host-guest chemistry

November 18, 2016 - 10:00am
Areas such as catalysis, sensing, environmental clean-ups and medicine might benefit.

'GrapheneQ' makes first commercial loudspeaker

November 18, 2016 - 9:50am
The technology is compatible with current speaker and audio systems.

Semiconducting polymers could make good e-skin

November 17, 2016 - 4:26am
Materials that stretch and heal themselves might be used to make advanced organic electronic films.

Picocavity confines light to smallest volume ever

November 14, 2016 - 4:24am
'World’s smallest magnifying glass' could be used to study how light and matter interact at the tiniest scales.

Making photons interact with a magnetic field

November 11, 2016 - 3:49am
Aharonov–Bohm ring for light particles could allow physicists to study the fundamental properties of some of the most complicated states of quantum matter.

OLEDs toughen up with low-temperature processing technique

November 9, 2016 - 9:28am
(with audio) By successfully adding a layer of MgO to the protective Al2O3 laminate, researchers improve the resilience of OLEDs to water vapour and gas exposure by around an order of magnitude.

Watching a virus bind to a biological cell

November 9, 2016 - 2:11am
Atomic force and confocal microscopy techniques shed more light on viral infection.

Engineered spinach detects explosives

November 7, 2016 - 6:52am
(with video) By embedding plant leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT researchers have transformed a plant into a living sensor.

Atom assembler makes defect-free arrays

November 3, 2016 - 8:00pm
(with video) New technique to rearrange atoms one by one in a fully ordered lattice could be used to simulate quantum systems.