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Nanoelectrodes reveal the role of controversial neuron features

December 14, 2016 - 5:42am
Voltage measurements of dendritic spines using a nanopipette suggest their electrical role in shaping the synaptic transmission of signals through the nervous system.

Hydroxyapatite nanowires for fireproof textiles

December 14, 2016 - 4:04am
Other applications include fire shielding and heat insulation, but also wound dressings and bone fracture repair.

Graphene-polysilicone composite makes sensitive strain sensor

December 13, 2016 - 5:11am
(with video) New carbon sheet and Silly Putty material is sensitive enough to measure pulse rates and blood pressure.

Graphene transistors could make electronic bioprobes

December 9, 2016 - 4:19am
Applications include implantable biosensors that work in high-ionic-strength solutions typical of biological systems.

Stretchy optical waveguides help robots sense touch

December 9, 2016 - 3:19am
(with video) The devices mimic how a human hand senses touch and might be used in advanced, low-cost and customized prosthetics.

Robust structural colour is inspired by a tropical bird

December 8, 2016 - 10:18am
Self-assembling, random network of pores creates a wide range of colors.

Programmable plasmon modes could help make ultrasensitive molecular sensors

December 7, 2016 - 6:17am
A new way to make narrow plasmonic resonances in a nanomaterial 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.