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Protein-folded DNA nanostructures offer a new building material for biotechnology

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 18:08
By using proteins that naturally bind and arrange DNA inside cells, scientists has devised a plug-and-play strategy for building stable, custom-designed nanostructures.
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Surface smarts

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:59
Nanostructures, microreactors, and printable electronics inspire many new applications in functional surfaces.
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Super light dampers for low tones

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 17:51
A team of Empa acoustic researchers has built macroscopic crystal structures that use internal rotation to attenuate the propagation of waves. The method makes it possible to build very light and stiff materials that can also 'swallow' low frequencies very well.
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Controlling the charge state of organic molecule quantum dots in a 2-D nanoarray

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 16:00
Molecular self-assembly on a metal results in high-density 2D organic (carbon-based) quantum dot array with electric-field-controllable charge state.
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New design strategy can help improve layered superconducting materials

Sat, 10/12/2019 - 10:19
Modified multi-layered bismuth superconductor for higher critical temperatures.
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'Electroadhesive' stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 23:44
New technique could enable assembly of circuit boards and displays with more minute components.
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Nanoscale manipulation of light leads to exciting new advancement

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 23:37
Decreasing the density of nanoparticles in ordered arrays produces exceptional field enhancements.
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New research integrates borophene and graphene into heterostructures

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 23:30
Engineers have created two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures from graphene and borophene, taking an important step toward creating intergrated circuits from these nanomaterials.
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Funding for research into three-dimensional magnetic nanostructures

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 19:07
In the '3D MAGiC' project, researchers will explore still largely unknown nanoscale 3D magnetic structures, which show particle-like properties and whose existence has so far only been predicted theoretically.
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Shaping nanoparticles for improved quantum information technology

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 18:53
Researchers report the cause behind a key quantum property of donut-like nanoparticles called 'semiconductor quantum rings'. This property may find application in quantum information storage, communication, and computing in future technologies.
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Liquid metals the secret ingredients to nanotechnology-enabled metallurgy

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 16:45
Chemical engineers shine a light on the mysterious world of liquid metals and their role as catalysts to speed up chemical processes using low amounts of energy.
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Vibration in one direction only

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 13:07
For many applications, having materials that transmit vibrations in one direction, but not in the other, would be extremely useful. In nature, such materials do not exist, but a group of physicists has now designed a metamaterial that can do just that.
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Radiation detector with the lowest noise in the world boosts quantum work

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:57
The nanoscale radiation detector is a hundred times faster than its predecessors, and can function without interruption.
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Physicists look to navigational 'rhumb lines' to study polymer's unique spindle structure

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:55
A new study describes how spheres can be transformed into twisted spindles thanks to insights from 16th century navigational tools. Researchers show how polymers can contract into spiral structures, known as loxodromes, that have complex patterning ten times smaller than the width of a human hair.
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Water + air + electricity = hydrogen peroxide

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 22:00
The novel electrosynthesis process uses an oxidized carbon nanoparticle-based catalyst and could enable point-of-use production of pure hydrogen peroxide solutions, eliminating the need to transport the concentrated chemical, which is hazardous.
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Quantum state of single electrons controlled by 'surfing' on sound waves

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 20:08
Researchers have successfully used sound waves to control quantum information in a single electron, a significant step towards efficient, robust quantum computers made from semiconductors.
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Electrochemistry to benefit photonics: nanotubes can control laser pulses

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:38
An international team of scientists has shown that the nonlinear optical response of carbon nanotubes can be controlled by electrochemical gating. This approach enables designing a device for controlling the laser pulse duration.
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A graphene filter to purify methane from biogas

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:31
Scientists that developed a graphene filter to improve the quality of drinking water have discovered a new application for the very thin form of carbon - the ability for graphene to purify methane from biogas produced in wastewater plants.
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Watching energy transport through biomimetic nanotubes

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:25
Researchers have investigated a simple biomimetic light-harvesting system using advanced spectroscopy combined with a microfluidic platform. The double-walled nanotubes work very efficiently at low light intensities, while they are able to get rid of excess energy at high intensities.
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Nanostructures help to reduce the adhesion of bacteria

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 18:18
Scientists discovered that precise analysis of the topographical composition of nanostructured surfaces provides a direct means of deriving the adhesive forces that bind bacteria to the surface.
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