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Advance could aid development of nanoscale biosensors

February 17, 2016 - 7:45am
Imagine a hand-held environmental sensor that can instantly test water for lead, E. coli, and pesticides all at the same time, or a biosensor that can perform a complete blood workup from just a singl...

Light used to measure the 'big stretch' in spider silk proteins

February 17, 2016 - 7:45am
While working to improve a tool that measures the pushes and pulls sensed by proteins in living cells, biophysicists at Johns Hopkins say they've discovered one reason spiders' silk is so elastic: Pie...

The Gravity of the National Space Society's Vision!

February 17, 2016 - 7:45am
We, the members of the National Space Society, believe exploring the unknown is one of the things that drives our vision of "people living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the...

A new spin on quantum computing: Scientists train electrons with microwaves: Experiment with Berkeley lab-developed material shows promise for quantum information processing

February 17, 2016 - 7:45am
In what may provide a potential path to processing information in a quantum computer, researchers have switched an intrinsic property of electrons from an excited state to a relaxed state on demand us...

Engineering material magic: Utah engineers discover groundbreaking semiconducting material that could lead to much faster electronics

February 17, 2016 - 7:45am
University of Utah engineers have discovered a new kind of 2D semiconducting material for electronics that opens the door for much speedier computers and smartphones that also consume a lot less power...

Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics: Scientists' use of common glass to optimize graphene's electronic properties could improve technologies from flat screens to solar cells

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
Graphene, the two-dimensional powerhouse, packs extreme durability, electrical conductivity, and transparency into a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon. Despite being heralded as a breakthrough "wonder ma...

A metal that behaves like water: Researchers describe new behaviors of graphene

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
Graphene is going to change the world -- or so we've been told. Since its discovery a decade ago, scientists and tech gurus have hailed graphene as the wonder material that could replace silicon in...

'Lasers rewired': Scientists find a new way to make nanowire lasers: Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley scientists adapt next-gen solar cell materials for a different purpose

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
The nanowires, with diameters as small as 200 nanometers (billionths of a meter) and a blend of materials that has also proven effective in next-generation solar cell designs, were shown to produce ve...

Breaking cell barriers with retractable protein nanoneedles: Adapting a bacterial structure, Wyss Institute researchers develop protein actuators that can mechanically puncture cells

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
The ability to control the transfer of molecules through cellular membranes is an important function in synthetic biology; a new study from researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Ins...

Replacement of Toxic Antibacterial Agents Possible by Biocompatible Polymeric Nanocomposites

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers produced nanoparticles with antibacterial properties, which have desirable performance in the presence of various types of bacteria.

Properties of Polymeric Nanofibers Optimized to Treat Damaged Body Tissues

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
Iranian researchers from University of Zanjan produced polymeric nanofibers with optimized diameter and mechanical properties.

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire: Nanolaser for information technology

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silic...

Research reveals carbon films can give microchips energy storage capability: International team from Drexel University and Paul Sabatier University reveals versatility of carbon films

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University's Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Patrice Simon, of Paul Sabatie...

NSS Pays Tribute to Late NSS Governor Dr. Marvin Minsky, A Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
The National Space Society pays tribute to Dr. Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of artificial intelligence, who served as a long-time member of the NSS Board of Governors, and was involved in the original mer...

Canadian Scientists Develop Innovative Protein Test for Zika

February 15, 2016 - 7:45am
A group of Canadian scientists is creating one of the most groundbreaking tests for the Zika virus infection yet.

Composite Pipe Long Term Testing Facility

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd has commissioned a composite pipe testing facility with the support of Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)**, the Region...

Scientists take nanoparticle snapshots

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Just as a photographer needs a camera with a split-second shutter speed to capture rapid motion, scientists looking at the behavior of tiny materials need special instruments with the capacity to see...

Chemical cages: New technique advances synthetic biology

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Living systems rely on a dizzying variety of chemical reactions essential to development and survival. Most of these involve a specialized class of protein molecules--the enzymes.

New thin film transistor may lead to flexible devices: Researchers engineer an electronics first, opening door to flexible electronics

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am
An engineering research team at the University of Alberta has invented a new transistor that could revolutionize thin-film electronic devices.

Superconductivity: Footballs with no resistance - Indications of light-induced lossless electricity transmission in fullerenes contribute to the search for superconducting materials for practical applications

February 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Superconductors have long been confined to niche applications, due to the fact that the highest temperature at which even the best of these materials becomes resistance-free is minus 70 degrees Celsiu...