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Sleep hormone helps breast cancer drug kill more cancer cells: Tiny lipid bubbles packed with melatonin make tamoxifen more effective

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
Tiny bubbles filled with the sleep hormone melatonin can make breast cancer treatment more effective, which means people need a lower dose, giving them less severe side effects. In a new study publish...

Drum beats from a one atom thick graphite membrane

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, have demonstrated the ability to manipulate the vibrations of a drum of nanometre scale thickness - realizing the world's smallest...

Discovery of gold nanocluster 'double' hints at other shape changing particles: New analysis approach brings two unique atomic structures into focus

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
Chemically the same, graphite and diamonds are as physically distinct as two minerals can be, one opaque and soft, the other translucent and hard. What makes them unique is their differing arrangement...

How insights into human learning can foster smarter artificial intelligence

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
Recent breakthroughs in creating artificial systems that outplay humans in a diverse array of challenging games have their roots in neural networks inspired by information processing in the brain. In...

The use of nanoparticles and bioremediation to decontaminate polluted soils

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia is currently exploring a strategy to remedy soils contaminated by organic compounds containing chlorine (organochlorine co...

X-ray snapshot of butterfly wings reveals underlying physics of color

June 16, 2016 - 7:45am
A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical attributes that make those structures so bright and colorful.

Weird, water-oozing material could help quench thirst: Nanorods' behavior first theorized 20 years ago, but not seen until now

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
After their nanorods were accidentally created when an experiment didn't go as planned, the researchers gave the microscopic, unplanned spawns of science a closer look.

Novel capping strategy improves stability of perovskite nanocrystals: Study addresses instability issues with organometal-halide perovskites, a promising class of materials for solar cells, LEDs, and other applications

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
Perovskite materials have shown great promise for use in next-generation solar cells, light-emitting devices (LEDs), sensors, and other applications, but their instability remains a critical limitatio...

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices: Electroplated polymer makes transparent, highly conductive, ultrathin film

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
An ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current has been produced by a cheap and simple method devised by an international team of nanomaterials researchers from t...

Analogue quantum computation has been universally digitized using superconducting circuits: The University of the Basque Country and Google have colaborated on the experiment published in Nature

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
The QUTIS group, led by the Ikerbasque professor Enrique Solano, is a world leader in theoretical proposals for quantum simulation and quantum computation with superconducting circuits and other quant...

Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency: EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals.

Research showing why hierarchy exists will aid the development of artificial intelligence

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
New research explains why so many biological networks, including the human brain (a network of neurons), exhibit a hierarchical structure, and will improve attempts to create artificial intelligence....

NIST's super quantum simulator 'entangles' hundreds of ions

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have "entangled" or linked together the properties of up to 219 beryllium ions (charged atoms) to create a quantum simulator. Th...

Controlling quantum states atom by atom

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
An international consortium led by researchers at the University of Basel has developed a method to precisely alter the quantum mechanical states of electrons within an array of quantum boxes. The met...

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip: VTT developed an efficient nanomaterial-based integrated energy

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed an extremely efficient small-size energy storage, a micro-supercapacitor, which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip. The hi...

World-first pinpointing of atoms at work for quantum computers

June 14, 2016 - 7:45am
Scientists can now identify the exact location of a single atom in a silicon crystal, a discovery that is key for greater accuracy in tomorrow's silicon based quantum computers.

A type of nanostructure increases the efficiency of electricity-producing photovoltaic

June 12, 2016 - 7:45am
Sagrario Domínguez-Fernández, a Telecommunications engineer, has managed to increase light absorption in silicon by means of nanostructures etched onto photovoltaic cells. This increases the efficienc...

Massive trove of battery and molecule data released to public: The Materials Project, run by Berkeley Lab, accelerates innovation by enabling computationally driven materials and battery design

June 12, 2016 - 7:45am
The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, ph...

Drug candidate shrinks tumor when delivered by plant virus nanoparticle: Phenanthriplatin outperformed cisplatin in mouse model of triple-negative breast cancer when encapsulated into nanocarrier

June 12, 2016 - 7:45am
In a pair of firsts, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that the drug candidate phenanthriplatin can be more effective than an approved...

UQ research accelerates next-generation ultra-precise sensing technology

June 12, 2016 - 7:45am
The mining, navigation, minerals exploration and environmental hydrology sectors are set to benefit from new University of Queensland research into quantum technology.