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Tiny 'cages' show how glass goes from liquid to solid

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 18:41
A new clue may get researchers closer to cracking the physics mystery of why glass looks and behaves the way it does.
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Sliding walls - a new paradigm for microfluidic devices

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 18:19
Researchers propose a new paradigm for actuation in microfluidic devices based on rigid or semi-rigid walls with transversal dimensions of hundreds of micrometres that are able to slide within a microfluidic chip and to intersect microchannels with hand-driven or translation stage-based actuation.
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Scientists capture 3D images of nanoparticles, atom by atom, with unprecedented precision

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 17:55
Scientists have developed a technique that produces atomic-scale 3D images of nanoparticles tumbling in liquid between sheets of graphene, the thinnest material possible.
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Improving the toughness of graphene films

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:04
Researchers have developed black phosphorus (BP) functionalized graphene films, resulting in record toughness. The formation of covalent bonding between BP and graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets not only reduces the voids of GO film but also improves the alignment degree of GO nanosheets, resulting in high compactness of the GO film. After further chemical reduction and pi-pi stacking interactions by conjugated AD molecules, the alignment degree of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets was further improved, and the voids in lamellar graphene film were also further reduced. The toughness of this graphene film reaches the highest value recorded to date.
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Nanoparticles offer large potential for brain cancer treatment

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 20:57
Scientists describe a small carbon nanoparticle engineered by the two labs that could both deliver chemotherapy drugs across the blood-brain barrier and mark tumor cells with fluorescence in mice. What's more, this nanoparticle is incredibly simple - made up of only one single compound.
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Researchers present revolutionary light-emitting silicon

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 20:38
Researchers have developed an alloy with silicon that can emit light.
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New 'refrigerator' super-cools molecules to nanokelvin temperatures

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 20:28
Technique may enable molecule-based quantum computing.
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Nanodiagnostics for early stage disease detection

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 19:03
Researchers used nanotechnology in biomedical diagnostics - a process called nanodiagnostics - to create a new, ultrasensitive DNA biosensor. The new sensor could potentially detect DNA-based biomarkers for early diagnosis of cancer and genetic disorders, as well as monitor patient responses to therapies.
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Harnessing the power of electricity-producing bacteria for programmable biohybrids

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:36
Researchers have developed a material that enabled them to create a programmable biohybrid system that conducts electrons from electricity-producing (exoelectrogenic) bacteria.
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A step ahead in the race toward ultrafast imaging of single nanoclusters

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:26
Using a combination of experimental and computational data, researchers discover paths to optimize pulses from highly intense X-ray beams.
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Tracking the atomic pathways by in-situ liquid cell TEM

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 18:20
Technical advantages of in-situ liquid electron microscopy allow us to monitor the growth trajectory of pure metal nanoparticles in liquid media, including nucleation growth, nanorod self-assembly, and electrochemical deposition.
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Using nano-scale spintronics, researchers aim to build novel artificial brain

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:40
New research project to develop novel AI hardware; a completely new kind of computer system that mimics how the human brain is built. The artificial neural networks can increase computer performance by up to 100,000 times compared to modern supercomputers.
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House cleaning on the nanoscale

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 14:10
A team of scientists has developed a novel mechanical cleaning method for surfaces on the nanoscale. The technique successfully removes even the tiniest contaminants down to the atomic scale, achieving an unprecedented level of cleanliness.
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Producing iron oxide nanoparticles for 150,000 COVID-19 tests per week

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:54
Iron oxide nanoparticles coated with silica may seem like an unlikely player in enabling Norway to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
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Engineers use metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:47
Nanomaterials are rough on microbes such as bacteria. They actually puncture the cell walls of the single-cell microbes, causing leaks and ultimately death. Put that on a cloth and you could have an effective, chemical-free disinfecting wipe.
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Engineers 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 20:11
Researchers designed a polymer known as a liquid crystal elastomer that can be 'programmed' to both twist and bend in the presence of light. Especially in the field of soft robotics, this is essential for building devices that exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
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Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 18:39
Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental sensing tendencies of bacteria mean they can navigate toward certain chemicals or be remotely controlled using magnetic or sound signals.
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Protein implicated in dry eye and PTSD visualized at atomic level

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 18:29
Researchers have captured an atomic-level high-definition image of a protein and the small molecule that binds to it. Both have been implicated in conditions including dry eye and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Full understanding of their structures will hopefully lead to development of an effective drug to regulate the protein's function.
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Physicists produce stable water-based graphene dispersion

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 17:38
Researchers show how activated graphene, activated carbons and other hydrophobic carbons can be dispersed in water in a form of micrometer-sized particles. The key agent that helps to make these dispersions last for days is graphene oxide.
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Atomic force microscopy reveals high heterogeneity in bacterial membrane vesicles

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 17:29
Scientists report that the physical properties of extracellular bacterial membrane vesicles are significantly diverse. The properties for a single type of bacterium as well as for different types are found to be highly heterogeneous.
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