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A spoonful of fat makes the medicine go down: By-passing the 'first past metabolism' barrier

August 13, 2016 - 7:45am
For years scientists and dieticians have argued over the health benefits of dietary fat. Research published this week, however, shows that piggybacking onto natural fat absorption pathways can dramati...

To Infinity and Beyond with Nanosatellites

August 13, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the University of Maryland and Michigan Technological University have operated a tiny proposed satellite ion rocket under a microscope to see how it works.

Towards a better screen; New molecules promise cheaper, more efficient OLED displays

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Harvard University researchers have designed more than 1,000 new blue-light emitting molecules for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that could dramatically improve displays for televisions, phone...

Prototype chip could help make quantum computing practical: Built-in optics could enable chips that use trapped ions as quantum bits

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Quantum computers are largely hypothetical devices that could perform some calculations much more rapidly than conventional computers can. Instead of the bits of classical computation, which can repre...

Smarter self-assembly opens new pathways for nanotechnology: Brookhaven Lab scientists discover a way to create billionth-of-a-meter structures that snap together in complex patterns with unprecedented efficiency

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
To continue advancing, next-generation electronic devices must fully exploit the nanoscale, where materials span just billionths of a meter. But balancing complexity, precision, and manufacturing scal...

Lithium-ion batteries: Capacity might be increased by 6 times

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
The team was able to show through neutron measurements made at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France, that lithium ions do not penetrate deeply into the silicon. During the charge cycle, a 20...

Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer: Philadelphia-based team shows how a ferroelectric insulator can surpass shockley-queisser limit

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than...

Self-cleaning, anti-reflective, microorganism-resistant coatings: Researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country are modifying surface properties of materials to obtain specific properties at a lower cost

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Coatings or paints are materials applied to different surfaces basically for decorative and protective purposes. Yet today the market for these materials is being subjected to increasingly tougher spe...

Nothing -- and something -- give concrete strength, toughness: Rice University scientists show how voids, particles sap energy from cracks

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
What does one need to strengthen or toughen concrete? A lot of nothing. Or something. The "nothing" is in the form of microscopic voids and the "something" consists of particular particles embedded...

Iowa State scientists develop quick-destructing battery to power 'transient' devices

August 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Self-destructing electronic devices could keep military secrets out of enemy hands. Or they could save patients the pain of removing a medical device. Or, they could allow environmental sensors to was...

Penn researchers improve computer modeling for designing drug-delivery nanocarriers

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has developed a computer model that will aid in the design of nanocarriers, microscopic structures used to guide drugs to their targets in the body. Th...

Stanford-led team reveals nanoscale secrets of rechargeable batteries

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Better batteries that charge quickly and last a long time are a brass ring for engineers. But despite decades of research and innovation, a fundamental understanding of exactly how batteries work at t...

New X-Ray microscopy technique images nanoscale workings of rechargeable batteries: Method developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source could help researchers improve battery performance

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
There's a new tool in the push to engineer rechargeable batteries that last longer and charge more quickly. An X-ray microscopy technique recently developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berk...

Argonne discovery yields self-healing diamond-like carbon

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Fans of Superman surely recall how the Man of Steel used immense heat and pressure generated by his bare hands to form a diamond out of a lump of coal. The tribologists -- scientists who st...

Diamond-based light sources will lay a foundation for quantum communications of the future: Electrified quantum diamond can become the heart of quantum networks and computers of the future

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Dmitry Fedyanin from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and Mario Agio from the University of Siegen and LENS have predicted that artificial defects in the crystal lattice of diamond can b...

Record-breaking logic gate 'another important milestone' on road to quantum computers

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the University of Oxford have achieved a quantum logic gate with record-breaking 99.9% precision, reaching the benchmark required theoretically to build a quantum computer.

Scientists discover light could exist in a previously unknown form

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
New research suggests that it is possible to create a new form of light by binding light to a single electron, combining the properties of both.

Putting the pressure on platinum: Hokkaido University researchers have synthesised a uniquely structured platinum-based superconducting material

August 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Superconductors are materials that, when cooled below a certain temperature, conduct free-flowing electricity without it being impeded by resistance. They are used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...

Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways

August 7, 2016 - 7:45am
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power my...

Next generation anode to improve lithium-ion batteries: Silicon-tin nanocomposite developed at UCR could lead to low cost, long lasting rechargeable batteries for electronic devices and electric vehicles

August 7, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have created a new silicon-tin nanocomposite anode that could lead to lithium-ion batteries that can be charged and discharged more times before...