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Chiral quantum optics: A new research field with bright perspectives

February 2, 2017 - 7:45am
Recently, surprising physical effects were observed using special microscopic waveguides for light. Such "photonic structures" currently are revolutionizing the fields of optics and photonics, and hav...

New 'needle-pulse' beam pattern packs a punch

February 2, 2017 - 7:45am
A new beam pattern devised by University of Rochester researchers could bring unprecedented sharpness to ultrasound and radar images, burn precise holes in manufactured materials at a nano scale -- ev...

Use stars’ own light to park tiny spacecraft at an exoplanet

February 1, 2017 - 11:12am
However, lasers fired from Earth can accelerate ultra-light solar sails made from graphene to around 20 per cent of the speed of light within a few minutes. That means an interstellar probe could reac...

Nanoparticles hitchhiking their way along strands of hair: Massaging hair can help more quickly deliver nanoparticle-based treatment to the roots

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
In shampoo ads, hair always looks like a shiny, smooth surface. But for physicists peering into microscopes, the hair surface looks much more rugged, as it is made of saw-tooth, ratchet-like scales. I...

The Kepler-K2 Team Wins the National Space Society's 2017 Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
The NASA Kepler and K2 Team is the winner of the National Space Society's 2017 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering category. This prestigious award will be presented to team representat...

Metallic hydrogen, once theory, becomes reality: Harvard physicists succeed in creating 'the holy grail of high-pressure physics'

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating the rarest - and potentially one of the most valuable - materials on the planet.

Antioxidants get small: Molecular compounds mimic effective graphene agents, show potential for therapies

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Treated particles of graphene derived from carbon nanotubes have demonstrated remarkable potential as life-saving antioxidants, but as small as they are, something even smaller had to be created to fi...

Sound waves create whirlpools to round up tiny signs of disease: New technique could form the basis of a small, inexpensive point-of-care device for early disease diagnosis

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Mechanical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a tiny whirlpool that can concentrate nanoparticles using nothing but sound. The innovation could gather proteins and other biological structu...

First 3-D observation of nanomachines working inside cells: Researchers headed by IRB Barcelona combine genetic engineering, super-resolution microscopy and biocomputation to allow them to see in 3-D the protein machinery inside living cells

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Currently, biologists who study the function of protein nanomachines isolate these complexes in test tubes, divorced from the cell, and then apply in vitro techniques that allow them to observe their...

Scientists unveil new form of matter: Time crystals: Physicists repeatedly tweaked a group of ions to create first example of a non-equilibrium material

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
To most people, crystals mean diamond bling, semiprecious gems or perhaps the jagged amethyst or quartz crystals beloved by collectors.

NIST updates 'sweet' 1950s separation method to clean nanoparticles from organisms

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Sometimes old-school methods provide the best ways of studying cutting-edge tech and its effects on the modern world.

Boron atoms stretch out, gain new powers: Rice University simulations demonstrate 1-D material's stiffness, electrical versatility

January 31, 2017 - 7:45am
Hold on, there, graphene. You might think you're the most interesting new nanomaterial of the century, but boron might already have you beat, according to scientists at Rice University.

For this metal, electricity flows, but not the heat: Berkeley-led study finds law-breaking property in vanadium dioxide that could lead to applications in thermoelectrics, window coatings

January 29, 2017 - 7:45am
There's a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more evidence to back up the metal's nonconformist reputation. According to a new study le...

Creating atomic scale nanoribbons: Researchers have demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates

January 29, 2017 - 7:45am
Silicon crystals are the semiconductors most commonly used to make transistors, which are critical electronic components used to carry out logic operations in computing. However, as faster and more po...

Synthetic nanoparticles achieve the complexity of protein molecules: Study published in Science reveals the structure of the largest gold nanoparticles to-date and the self-assembly mechanisms behind their formation

January 29, 2017 - 7:45am
Chemists at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated that synthetic nanoparticles can achieve the same level of structural complexity, hierarchy and accuracy as their natural counterparts - biomol...

New stem cell technique shows promise for bone repair

January 27, 2017 - 7:45am
A recent study, affiliated with UNIST has developed a new method of repairing injured bone using stem cells from human bone marrow and a carbon material with photocatalytic properties, which could lea...

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens: Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential

January 27, 2017 - 7:45am
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resista...

Bruker Announces Acquisition of Nanoindenting Leader Hysitron: Acquisition strengthens Bruker’s leading position in nanoanalysis and nanomechanical materials characterization

January 27, 2017 - 7:45am
Bruker today announced that it has acquired Hysitron, Inc., a technology leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of nanomechanical test instrumentation. The acquisition adds Hysitron’s innova...

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

January 27, 2017 - 7:45am
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. That could open the door for a bro...

News from Quorum: Experienced electron microscopist, David McCarthy, talks about working with Quorum and his use of their coaters and cryo-SEM preparation instrumentation

January 27, 2017 - 7:45am
Quorum Technologies, market and technology leaders in electron microscopy coating and cryogenic preparation products, hear from experienced electron microscopist, David McCarthy, about his work using...