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Switching light with a silver atom

February 3, 2016 - 7:45am
The quantity of data exchanged via communications networks around the globe is growing at a breathtaking rate. The volume of data for wired and mobile communications is currently increasing by 23% and...

The Race is On: One Month Left to Submit to the Nano Startup Challenge (NSC2) in Cancer Nanotechnology

February 3, 2016 - 7:45am
The National Cancer Institute and Center for Advancing Innovation are sponsoring a challenge to accelerate translation and commercialization of nanomedicines. The Challenge is open to the public and a...

A highway for spin waves: Researchers in Dresden develop process for controlling innovative information media

February 3, 2016 - 7:45am
The success story of information processing by way of moving electrons is slowly coming to an end. The trend towards more and more compact chips constitutes a major challenge for manufacturers, since...

Graphene shown to safely interact with neurons in the brain

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers have successfully demonstrated how it is possible to interface graphene - a two-dimensional form of carbon - with neurons, or nerve cells, while maintaining the integrity of these vital ce...

Are some people more likely to develop adverse reactions to nanoparticle-based medicines?

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The complement system, the human body's first line of defense against blood-borne intruders, is blamed for infusion-related reactions to nanomedicines, but the conventional models used to predict the...

Putting silicon 'sawdust' in a graphene cage boosts battery performance: Approach could remove major obstacles to increasing the capacity of lithium-ion batteries

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Scientists have been trying for years to make a practical lithium-ion battery anode out of silicon, which could store 10 times more energy per charge than today's commercial anodes and make high-perfo...

Researchers develop completely new kind of polymer: Hybrid polymers could lead to new concepts in self-repairing materials, drug delivery and artificial muscles

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Imagine a polymer with removable parts that can deliver something to the environment and then be chemically regenerated to function again. Or a polymer that can lift weights, contracting and expanding...

A step towards keeping up with Moore's Law: POSTECH researchers develop a novel and efficient fabrication technology for cross-shaped memristor

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Along with the fast development of modern information technology, charge-based memories, such as DRAM and flash memory, are being aggressively scaled down to meet the current trend of small size devic...

Breakthrough enables ultra-fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
A research team at Umeå University in Sweden has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite...

Heavy fermions get nuclear boost on way to superconductivity: Study finds surprise link between nuclear spins, unconventional superconductivity

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
In a surprising find, physicists from the United States, Germany and China have discovered that nuclear effects help bring about superconductivity in ytterbium dirhodium disilicide (YRS), one of the...

Too-few proteins prompt nanoparticles to clump: Rice scientists: Blood serum proteins must find balance with therapeutic nanoparticles

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Blood serum proteins have been observed combining one-to-one with gold nanoparticles and prompting them to aggregate, scientists at Rice University reported.

Cellulose nanogenerators could one day power implanted biomedical devices

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Implantable electronics that can deliver drugs, monitor vital signs and perform other health-related roles are on the horizon. But finding a way to power them remains a challenge. Now scientists have...

Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materials: Berkeley Lab-led research team creates a high-efficiency device in 7 steps

February 1, 2016 - 7:45am
An international research team has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. Arrays of solar cells are used in solar...

Israel: A Nanotech Superpower: Did you know that Israel is a hotbed for nanotechnology research and development?

February 1, 2016 - 6:16am
Israel has already established itself as a key player in the cybersecurity, networking, social media and telecommunications sectors. But did you know that Israel is also a hotbed for nanotechnology re...

Novel nanotechnology technique makes table-top production of flat optics a reality

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simplified approach to fabricating flat, ultra-thin optics. The new approach enables simple etching without the use of...

Nano-coating makes coaxial cables lighter: Rice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists.

An alternative to platinum: Iron-nitrogen compounds as catalysts in graphene

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Fuel cells convert the chemical energy stored in hydrogen (H2) into electrical energy by electrochemically "combusting" hydrogen gas with oxygen (O2) from the air into water (H2O), thereby generating...

New record in nanoelectronics at ultralow temperatures

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
The first ever measurement of the temperature of electrons in a nanoelectronic device a few thousandths of a degree above absolute zero was demonstrated in a joint research project performed by VTT Te...

Scientists build a neural network using plastic memristors: A group of Russian and Italian scientists have created a neural network based on polymeric memristors -- devices that can potentially be used to build fundamentally new computers

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Scientists from the Kurchatov Institute, MIPT, the University of Parma (Italy), Moscow State University, and Saint Petersburg State University have created a neural network based on polymeric memristo...

Scientists provide new guideline for synthesis of fullerene electron acceptors

January 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Organic/polymer solar cells represent the most important direction for green energy in the future. Fullerene electron acceptors have been widely used in organic/polymer solar cells as well as perovski...