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The world's first-ever graphene sports shoes

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:35
The shoe contains graphene-enhanced rubber outsoles for running and fitness shoes that in testing have outlasted 1,000 miles and are scientifically proven to be 50% harder wearing.

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Not always bad - MXenes' spontaneous oxidation harnessed to create 2-D nanocomposites

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 21:33
Researchers have discovered a new way to harness the potential of a type of spontaneously oxidized MXene thin films, to create nanocomposites that could sense both light and the environment.

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Futuristic data storage

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:44
The development of high-density data storage devices requires the highest possible density of elements in an array made up of individual nanomagnets. The closer they are together, the greater the magnetic interactions between them. Researchers now have devised a new model to study the variation of the magnetic interaction between such nanomagnets.

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The fingerprints of harmful molecules could be detected noninvasively via black silicon

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:38
A group of physicists experimentally confirmed that molecular fingerprints of toxic, explosive, polluting and other dangerous substances could be reliably detected and identified by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) using black silicon (b-Si) substrate.

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An unlikely marriage among oxides

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:36
Researchers are looking for new materials with unusual properties that were so far not accessible in experiments. To do this, they connect partners who don't really fit together: One partner forces the other into a state that would not be possible without the unlikely pairing.

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Addressing the hazard potential of 2D nanomaterials

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:36
A new paper reviews the studies to date that have addressed the toxicity of 2D materials, particularly emphasizing the preparation methods and resulting physicochemical properties that dictate their interactions with biological systems. In addition, due to its importance in determining exposure risk, this review summarizes key results from the literature concerning the environmental fate of 2D materials. The authors hope that a thorough understanding of these issues will inform ongoing efforts to realize the design of safer 2D materials.

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Scientists make the first molecular movie of one of nature's most widely used light sensors

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 16:54
The X-ray laser movie shows what happens when light hits retinal, a key part of vision in animals and photosynthesis in microbes. The action takes place in a trillionth of an eye blink.

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These nanoscale 'crack-junctions' can speed up DNA sequencing

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:45
The time-consuming, expensive process of sequencing DNA molecules could become a whole lot faster and cheaper as a result of a new nanofabrication method that takes advantage of nano-sized air-gaps, or nanocracks, in electrically conductive materials.

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Game-changing finding pushes 3D-printing to the molecular limit

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:40
New research proves that advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli such as light can be fabricated using 3D printing.

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Can you see the invisible glass?

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:15
Creating nanotextured glass surfaces completely eliminates reflections of all colors of light, making the glass nearly invisible.

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A bit of quantum logic - What did the atom say to the quantum dot?

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:10
Scientists demonstrate coherent coupling between a quantum dot and a donor atom in silicon, vital for moving information inside quantum computers.

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Nanocrystals impact stem cell fate during bone formation

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:59
Researchers have identified a master regulator for bone regeneration.

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Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:42
Scientists hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in many technologies.

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Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:38
Researchers are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing.

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Organic crystals twist, bend, and heal

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:45
Thermally twistable, photobendable, elastically deformable, and self-healable soft crystal gives a multifunctional, all-in-one material.

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Scientists create continuously emitting microlasers with nanoparticle-coated beads

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:27
Team discovers right mix of nanocrystals and light to activate unique laser properties in 5-micron spheres.

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Using gold nanoparticles to trigger sequential unfolding of 3-D structures

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:39
Scientists have developed a new technique that takes advantage of gold nanoparticles to trigger the sequential unfolding of three-dimensional structures using different wavelengths of light.

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MXene's tour de force

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:34
Since the discovery of a large new family of two-dimensional materials, continued exploration has revealed their exceptional ability to store energy, block electromagnetic interference, purify water and even ward off bacteria.

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Physicists solve the mystery of vanishing particles in graphene

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:31
A team of scientists explained the paradoxical phenomenon of the mutual annihilation of particles and antiparticles in graphene. The theoretical justification for this process was until recently one of the most complex riddles of solid-state physics.

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Scientists make an important step towards the control of excitonic effects in 2D van der Waals heterostructures

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 23:02
In the future, this research will help to create electronics with more controlled properties.

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