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Improved battery capacity? Sounds like my cup of tea

January 9, 2017 - 7:11am
Researchers demonstrate a lithium ion-cell with a high-performance carbon-based anode produced by simple processing of waste tea leaves.

Superconducting nanowires in a strong magnetic field contain Majorana 'zero modes'

January 9, 2017 - 4:00am
Delocalized states of electrons with topological properties might be used as qubits in fault-tolerant quantum computers of the future.

Designer vaccine nanodiscs treat tumours

January 9, 2017 - 3:19am
Ushering in a new era of personalized cancer immunotherapy.

X-ray microscopy unearths skyrmion Hall effect

January 5, 2017 - 7:45am
New observations will have implications for the design of devices that work thanks to quasiparticle magnetic spin configurations.

Bottom-up calculations help make cheaper catalysts

January 3, 2017 - 5:49am
Work could help in the design of new and cost-effective catalytic heterointerfaces on demand.

Multigene–profiling nanoplatform detects circulating tumour cells

December 29, 2016 - 9:11am
New blood test could be a promising alternative to patient biopsies, which are difficult or impossible to perform in some cases.

Highlights of 2016

December 27, 2016 - 9:53am
We look at some of the most exciting research coverage on over the past year.

'Butterfly' magnetoresistance seen in nonmagnetic Dirac material

December 23, 2016 - 7:50am
New findings could help in the development of “fermitronic” devices for high-speed electronics and optics.

Engineered quantum dots convert low-intensity IR light into visible light

December 22, 2016 - 3:59am
New Auger up-conversion technique could help make more efficient solar cells.

Nanoparticles liberate flexible solar cells

December 21, 2016 - 6:07am
A sacrificial layer of nanoparticles between device and substrate provides a sufficiently smooth surface for growing high-efficiency flexible organic solar cells that can be readily delaminated.

Photocatalytic colour switching makes light-printable paper

December 20, 2016 - 7:03am
New rewritable film can be written onto and erased more than 80 times without the need for additional ink.

MoS2-pentacene heterojunctions help make better photovoltaics

December 15, 2016 - 4:47am
The lifetime of charge carriers in hybrid material can be increased by roughly a factor of 10 from those in van der Waals heterojunctions based on 2D materials alone.

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.