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Neutrons verify new quantum state

November 3, 2016 - 7:45am
An international research team has proved the existence of spin-spirals in a quantum liquid. They emerge at low temperatures from the magnetic moments ("spins") of manganese scandium thiospinel single...

Oxford Instruments announces the launch of the Io – the most compact and easy to use Cryofree continuous cooling solution for milliKelvin devices

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Oxford Instruments is pleased to announce its latest new product within the Cryofree® cooling systems family – the Io. As part of the company’s ongoing innovation strategy, the launch of Io will furth...

Midwater ocean creatures use nanotech camouflage: Optical coatings on crustaceans appear to be living bacteria

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Crustaceans that thrive in the vastness of the open ocean have no place to hide from their predators.

Researchers surprised at the unexpected hardness of gallium nitride: A Lehigh University team discovers that the widely used semiconducting material is almost as wear-resistant as diamonds

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Gallium nitride (GaN) has emerged as one of the most important and widely used semiconducting materials. Its optoelectronic and mechanical properties make it ideal for a variety of applications, inclu...

Novel light sources made of 2-D materials

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
So-called monolayers are at the heart of the research activities. These "super materials" (as the prestigious science magazine "Nature" puts it) have been surrounded by a virtual hype in the past ten...

When it comes to atomic-scale manufacturing, less really is more: Electrical currents can be now be switched on and off at the smallest conceivable scale enabling a new generation of 'green electronics' with the potential for great impact on the digital e

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
Robert Wolkow is no stranger to mastering the ultra-small and the ultra-fast. A pioneer in atomic-scale science with a Guinness World Record to boot (for a needle with a single atom at the point), Wol...

Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
An electric current will not only heat a hybrid metamaterial, but will also trigger it to change state and fade into the background like a chameleon in what may be the proof-of-concept of the first co...

A Tiny Machine: UCSB electrical and computer engineers design an infinitesimal computing device

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
In 1959 renowned physicist Richard Feynman, in his talk “Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” spoke of a future in which tiny machines could perform huge feats. Like many forward-looking concepts, his molec...

Mechanism for sodium storage in 2-D material: Tin selenide is an effective host for storing sodium ions, making it a promising material for sodium ion batteries

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The mechanism of sodium ion storage in an important two-dimensional material could be a simpler and less toxic route to cheaper batteries, a team of KAUST researchers discovered.

The molecular mechanism that blocks membrane receptors has been identified: The work in which the Ikerbasque researcher of the Biofisika Institute Xabier Contreras has participated has been published in the journal Cell

November 1, 2016 - 7:45am
The study began by taking the medical history of 11 children, all of whom had a disorder due to mycobacteria infections, as the basis. All were discovered to have the same phenotype with the same muta...

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years: Targeted medicine deliveries and increased energy efficiency are just two of many ways

October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanoscience research involves molecules that are only 1/100th the size of cancer cells and that have the potential to profoundly improve the quality of our health and our lives. Now nine prominent nan...

Chad Mirkin receives nanotechnology prize in Russia

October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Northwestern University nanoscientist Chad A. Mirkin has been awarded the 2016 RUSNANOPRIZE for his invention of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), tiny structures used around the globe for medical diagn...

Imaging where cancer drugs go in the body could improve treatment

October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanomedicine has the potential to help personalize cancer treatments and reduce side effects of therapeutic drugs. While some progress has been made toward the latter goal, customized treatments are s...

Precise quantum cloning: possible pathway to secure communication: Physicists create best ever quantum clones

October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) and University of Queensland (UQ) have produced near-perfect clones of quantum information using a new method to surpass previous cloning limits...

The quantum sniffer dog: A laser and detector in 1: A microscopic sensor has been developed at TU Wien, which can be used to identify different gases simultaneously

October 30, 2016 - 7:45am
As humans, we sniff out different scents and aromas using chemical receptors in our noses. In technological gas detection, however, there are a whole host of other methods available. One such method i...

Hybrid nanostructures hold hydrogen well: Rice University scientists say boron nitride-graphene hybrid may be right for next-gen green cars

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
Layers of graphene separated by nanotube pillars of boron nitride may be a suitable material to store hydrogen fuel in cars, according to Rice University scientists.

When quantum scale affects the way atoms emit and absorb particles of light: Exact simulation lifts the 80-year-old mystery of the degree to which atoms can be dressed with photons

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
In 1937, US physicist Isidor Rabi introduced a simple model to describe how atoms emit and absorb particles of light. Until now, this model had still not been completely explained. In a recent paper,...

Nanoantenna lighting-rod effect produces fast optical switches

October 28, 2016 - 7:45am
A team of scientists, led by the University of Southampton, have produced a fast nanoscale optical transistor using gold nanoantenna assisted phase transition.

New nanomedicine approach aims to improve HIV drug therapies

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
New research led by the University of Liverpool aims to improve the administration and availability of drug therapies to HIV patients through the use of nanotechnology.

New method increases energy density in lithium batteries: Novel technique may lead to longer battery life in portable electronics and electrical vehicles

October 26, 2016 - 7:45am
Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method to increase the energy density of lithium (Li-ion) batteries. He has built a tri...