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Aug. 31, 2016 — Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit. A key breakthrough enabling the latest experiment was in tailoring “tender” ... read more

Diamonds and Quantum Information Processing on the Nano Scale

Aug. 30, 2016 — Physicists have successfully demonstrated charge transport between Nitrogen-Vacancy color centers in ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Scientists have succeeded in deciphering the mechanism of interaction of silver nanoparticles with the cells of the immune ... read more

Quest to Find the 'Missing Physics' at Play in Landslides

Aug. 30, 2016 — A recent discovery in the study of landslides, using annular shear cell measurements of granular flows, confirms that two flow regimes -- an 'elastic regime' and an 'inertial ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — Organic nanotubes (ONTs) are tubular nanostructures composed of organic molecules that have unique properties and have found various applications, such as electro-conductive materials and organic ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — Mayenite is one smart cement -- it can be turned from an insulator to a transparent conductor and back. It is also suitable for use as semiconductors in flat panel displays. The secret behind ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — The first-ever growth of two-dimensional gallium nitride using graphene encapsulation could lead to applications in deep ultraviolet lasers, next-generation electronics and ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — A device made of bilayer graphene is one step forward in a new field of physics called ... read more

Electrons With No Mass Acquire a Mass in the Presence of a High Magnetic Field

Aug. 29, 2016 — An international team of researchers has discovered that in a very high magnetic field an electron with no mass can acquire a mass. Understanding why elementary particles have a mass is a fundamental ... read more

Aug. 29, 2016 — Trenches, craters and hillocks: shapes and structures which are observed after meteorite impacts can also be found on a nanoscale, when crystals are bombarded with heavy ions. Understanding the ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — New research suggests that the relatively large crystals used to change several properties of light in lasers -- changes that are crucial for making lasers into practical tools -- might be created by ... read more

Chemists Develop Promising Cheap, Sustainable Battery for Grid Energy Storage

Aug. 26, 2016 — Chemists have developed a long-lasting zinc-ion battery that costs half the price of current lithium-ion batteries and could help enable communities to shift away from traditional power plants and ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — Engineers are using light to print three-dimensional structures that 'remember' their original shapes. Even after being stretched, twisted, and bent at extreme angles, the structures -- ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — A research group have developed an anode material for lithium (Li)-ion rechargeable batteries by forming nanoparticles made of silicon (Si)-metal composites on metal substrates. The resulting anode ... read more

Aug. 26, 2016 — A new class of battery seperator has been engineered by a team of researchers, which is expected to bring unprecedented benefits to battery ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — Ultrasound imaging is used around the world to help visualize developing babies and diagnose diseases. Sound waves bounce off the tissues, revealing their different densities and shapes. The next ... read more

Saving Irrigation Water With Superabsorbent Polymers

Aug. 25, 2016 — Soil conditioners called superabsorbent polymers have the potential to reduce irrigation needs for agricultural crops by storing water and nutrients and then releasing them in drought conditions, ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — A new decision-making tool helps producers of pharmaceutical and other valuable chemicals make the leap to an entirely new way of ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — A chemical sensing material has been developed whose electrical conductivity dramatically increases when exposed to toxic gases, report ... read more

Aug. 25, 2016 — ZnO-coated high-performance bearings reduce friction by about one-third, say researchers. Playing a vital role in a newly developed small jet engine generator for emergency ... read more

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