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When quantum scale affects the way atoms emit and absorb particles of light

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:56:49 -0400

Exact simulation lifts the 80-year-old mystery of the degree to which atoms can be dressed with photons.

New nanomedicine approach aims to improve HIV drug therapies

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:53:39 -0400

New research aims to improve the administration and availability of drug therapies to HIV patients through the use of nanotechnology.


A new class of materials could realize quantum computers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:48:52 -0400

Scientists have discovered a new class of materials that can prove ideal for the implementation of spintronics.

Nanoantenna lighting-rod effect produces fast optical switches

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:33:40 -0400

Scientists have produced a fast nanoscale optical transistor using gold nanoantenna assisted phase transition.


Nanotechnology: Genes on the rack

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:32 -0400

Physicists have developed a novel nanotool that provides a facile means of characterizing the mechanical properties of biomolecules.


Non-metal catalyst splits hydrogen molecule

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:17:14 -0400

Boron compounds extend range of possible chemical synthesis applications.


Physicists use lasers to capture first snapshots of rapid chemical bonds breaking

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:11:54 -0400

Lasers have successfully recorded a chemical reaction that happens as fast as a quadrillionth of a second, which could help scientists understand and control chemical reactions.


New antireflective coating reduces stray light and reflections

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:05:48 -0400

Researchers are exhibiting a new type of antireflective coating that significantly reduces stray light and reflections from plastic lenses. Not only does this improve the performance of cameras and headlights, it's also good news for virtual reality technologies and Industrie 4.0.


Researchers find way to tune thermal conductivity of 2-D materials

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:22 -0400

Researchers have found an unexpected way to control the thermal conductivity of two-dimensional materials, which will allow electronics designers to dissipate heat in electronic devices that use these materials.


The nanostructured cloak of invisibility

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:39:15 -0400

Scientists manipulate surfaces in such a manner that they hardly reflect any light and practically become invisible.


'Snap freezing' produces different state

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:33:12 -0400

The state that a correlated-electron material adopts on cooling depends on how rapidly it is cooled.


Polymer scaffolds build a better pill to swallow

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:26:20 -0400

Nanoparticle drugs can make it easier for medications to reach their target.


Smashing metallic cubes toughens them up (w/video)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:50:51 -0400

Scientists are smashing metallic micro-cubes to make them ultrastrong and tough by rearranging their nanostructures upon impact.


PI's New 4-Channel Dynamic Cost-Effective Digital Piezo Controller

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:48:04 -0400

Also available for quick delivery, this controller is well-suited for multi-axis applications from microscopy to semiconductor metrology.


Ultralow power transistors could function for years without a battery

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:40:56 -0400

A newly-developed form of transistor opens up a range of new electronic applications including wearable or implantable devices by drastically reducing the amount of power used. Devices based on this type of ultralow power transistor could function for months or even years without a battery by 'scavenging' energy from their environment.

The next big renewable energy source could be at our feet

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:30:41 -0400

Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike. Now, flooring could be even more 'green', thanks to an inexpensive, simple method that allows engineers to convert footsteps into usable electricity.


Light speckles having a conversation

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:59:53 -0400

The amount of light passing through an opaque layer, can be enhanced using smart techniques. At the same time, the amount of reflected light diminishes, researchers show. It's as if light speckles have a conversation of their own.


Shedding light on the secrets of nano-sized processors

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:37:21 -0400

Researchers have successfully filmed light and electrons coupled together as they travel undercover through nano-sized processors.


UV light improves smartphone cameras

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:19:56 -0400

Photodetectors are typically only sensitive to light within a certain narrow bandwidth, which causes numerous problems to product developers. Now, researchers have found a way to address this by treating an ordinary photodetector with UV light can turn it into a high bandwidth device.


Study explains strength gap between graphene, carbon fiber

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:51:23 -0400

Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn't as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to scientists.


Gold nanoparticles could be the key to developing a treatment for pancreatic cancer

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:52:02 -0400

A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often a death sentence because chemotherapy and radiation have little impact on the disease. But new research could eventually lead to a new type of treatment based on gold nanoparticles.


Subnatural-linewidth biphotons generated from a Doppler-broadened hot atomic vapor cell

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:46:47 -0400

Scientists were able to produce subnatural-linewidth biphotons from a Doppler-broadened hot atomic vapour cell. This method marks a significant breakthrough in the field, as it greatly simplifies production process of narrowband biphotons.


Ultra-short pulse lasers increase precision of diamond sculpting

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:39:58 -0400

Engineers are using laser pulses that last 10 trillionths of a second and self-learning cooling systems to craft new diamond tools that are more durable and efficient than ever before.


Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:32:43 -0400

In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies.


Growing gold: Researchers develop gold nanowires for biomedical procedures

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:25:01 -0400

Grown like a snowflake and sharpened with a sewing machine, a novel device may benefit biomedical professionals and the patients they serve during electrode and organ transplant procedures.


Eco-friendly fabrication of silicon nanowires

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:30:01 -0400

Scientists have worked out a new and more eco-friendly method of silicon nanowires obtaining, which allows to replace hydrofluoric acid by ammonium fluoride.


Researchers road-test powerful method for studying singlet fission

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:19:31 -0400

In a new study, researchers measure the spin properties of electronic states produced in singlet fission - a process which could have a central role in the future development of solar cells.


It's official: Phonon and magnon are a couple (w/video)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:53:40 -0400

This study could provide an important breakthrough for solving a 100 year old physical problem, and deepen our knowledge of an interesting class of materials called multiferroics.


A window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells (w/video)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:42:55 -0400

Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries.


Can we find more benign nanomaterials?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:34:05 -0400

Chemists will research the effects of nanomaterials on the environment and human health using a network of supercomputers.


Exploring defects in nanoscale devices for possible quantum computing applications

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:29:23 -0400

Researchers have studied the interaction between microwave fields and electronic defect states inside the oxide layer of field-effect transistors at cryogenic temperatures. They found that the physics of such defect states are consistent with driven two-level systems possessing long coherence times, and that their induced dynamics can be coherently and independently controlled.


New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:08:07 -0400

Scientists report the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.


Diamond micro-anvils will produce immense pressures to make new materials

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:01:59 -0400

Pressures greater than the center of the Earth may create as yet unknown new materials.


A non-toxic, high-quality surface treatment for organic field-effect transistors

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:53:33 -0400

In a development beneficial for both industry and environment, researchers have created a high-quality coating for organic electronics that promises to decrease processing time as well as energy requirements.


Researchers determine relation bandgap energy of single cesium lead bromide nanocrystals and their size and shape

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:24:12 -0400

By studying individual nanocrystals being either isolated or surrounded by 'neighbors', researchers explicitly visualized for the first time band structure modification introduced by effective coupling between semiconductor nanocrystals upon close contact.


A better battery: One-time pollutant may become valued product to aid wind, solar energy

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:12:45 -0400

Chemists have discovered that one or more organic compounds in a family that traditionally has been known as pollutants could offer an important advance to make cheap, reliable batteries.


'Bolt of lightning' captures development of block copolymer

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:11:58 -0400

Researchers are exploring how to control these block copolymers by capturing the early stages of structure development using laser induced ultra-fast heating and cooling.


Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:52:23 -0400

Scientists have demonstrated graphene coating protects glass from corrosion. Their research can contribute to solving problems related to glass corrosion in several industries.


Highly conductive and pure FEBID gold nanostructures

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:53:56 -0400

Researchers discovered a novel way to fabricate pure gold nanostructures by the additive direct-write lithography called FEBID. This work will open a new door for applications of 3D gold devices.

Pre-treatment of bandages may improve the antibacterial properties of nanoparticles

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:36:43 -0400

Pre-treating the fabric surface of the bandages used to treat burns with enzymes and polyethylene glycol or cellulase may promote the adhesion of antibacterial nanoparticles and improve their bacteria-repelling ability.