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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Imaging Probe Yields Double Insight

July 29, 2015 — An organic dye that can light up cancer cells for two powerful imaging techniques providing complementary diagnostic information has been developed and successfully tested in mice, researchers ... read more

Identifying Ever-Growing Disturbances Leading to Freak Waves

July 28, 2015 — Physicists now better understand wave systems exhibiting unusual disturbances by identifying growing localized patterns as early indicators of such ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Solar energy could be made cheaper if solar cells could be coaxed to generate more power. A huge gain in this direction has been made by a team of chemists that has found an ingenious way to make ... read more

Data Transmission Devices: Smaller, Faster, Cheaper

July 27, 2015 — Transmitting large amounts of data, such as those needed to keep the internet running, requires high-performance modulators that turn electric signals into light signals. Researchers have now ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Those who wish to renovate their houses and make them more energy-efficient often use the well-known yellow to blue thermal images to visually identify weak spots applying infra-red measurements. ... read more

July 27, 2015 — A plasmonic device that, combined with semiconductor quantum dots, could one day be turned into an ultrafast light-emitting diode for optical computing has been developed by ... read more

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed a method that could improve medical imaging and cancer treatments and increase the efficiency of commercial solar cells by 25 to 30 ... read more

July 23, 2015 — By encoding information in photons via their spin, 'photonic' computers could be orders of magnitude faster and efficient than their current-day counterparts. Likewise, encoding information ... read more

New Finding Could Lead to Cheap, Efficient Metal-Based Solar Cells

July 23, 2015 — Although the domestic solar-energy industry grew by 34 percent in 2014, fundamental technical breakthroughs are needed if the U.S. is to meet its national goal of reducing the cost of solar ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Two new advancements in electrochromic materials -- a highly selective cool mode and a warm mode -- not thought possible several years ago have been developed by engineers. The researchers are one ... read more

New Molecular Butterflies Help Advance Energy Research

July 22, 2015 — A new family of molecules that physically resemble butterflies is pushing the boundary of new materials research, scientists report. With these precisely designed molecules, the team also plans to ... read more

July 22, 2015 — Scientists have exploited the light of fireflies in a new method that detects biological molecules without the need for complex devices and high costs. The researchers were able to add a small ... read more

July 22, 2015 — For the first time, researchers have combined a novel synthesis process with commercial electron-beam lithography techniques to produce arrays of semiconductor junctions in arbitrary patterns within ... read more

July 21, 2015 — BPA's popularity soared after the 1950s, but evidence suggests that even low doses might be harmful to human and environmental health. Many manufacturers are now phasing out BPA, but it ... read more

July 20, 2015 — In a tremendous boost for spintronic technologies, scientists have shown that electrons can jump through spins much faster than previously ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Devices consuming the energy of electromagnetic radiation, such as absorbers and sensors, play an essential role in the using and controlling of light. Researchers have now demonstrated the first ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Scientists studying thin layers of phosphorus have found surprising properties that could open the door to ultrathin and ultralight solar cells and LEDs. The team used sticky tape to create ... read more

July 17, 2015 — A research team has found a way to solve one of the biggest challenges in making metamaterials. Their optical work is a big step towards creating a 'perfect ... read more

A Light-Triggered Cleanable, Recyclable Chip Makes Fabrication Feasible for All

July 16, 2015 — Throw away the detergent and forgo the elbow grease: pesky proteins can now be removed from surfaces by simply exposing them to light, thanks to a reusable titania ... read more

Drug-Encapsulating Nanoparticle With Bright Bio-Labels Measures How Anticancer Chemotherapy Formulations Enter Cells

July 16, 2015 — Polymer nanoparticles that release medicine at controlled rates inside cells have the potential to enhance the efficacy of many clinical drugs. Researchers have now developed an eye-catching way to ... read more

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