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  • newCaged atoms influence properties of new ‘super-diamond’ material

    Caged atoms influence properties of new ‘super-diamond’ material

    This is a molecular model of the newly synthesized carbon-based clathrate, which is comprised of carbon-boron cages that trap strontium atoms. Image: Tim Strobel.A long-sought-after class of ‘super-diamond’ carbon-based materials with tunable mec…
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • newLight-activated biomimetic hydrogel for infection-beating wound dressings
    A biomimetic hydrogel can exploits a light-triggered antimicrobial effect to be used in post-operative surgical dressings to reduce the risk of potentially lethal hospital-acquired, and other, infections.Writing in the journal Angewandte Chemie r…
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 3:59am -
  • Focus on culture of caring

    Focus on culture of caring


    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:30am -
  • Date set for heating online course
    The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) has set the date for its Industrial Process Heating Online Learning Course.The course, which is scheduled to begin 13 April 2020, reportedly provides an overview of the essential areas used thr…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:15am -
  • Sandvik considers plant closure
    Sandvik Machining Solutions says that it is reviewing the potential closure of a production plant for round tools within its Walter division in Frankfurt, Germany. Production volumes would be transferred to other units within Sandvik Machining Soluti…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:15am -
  • 3D printing technician courses
    The Additive Manufacturing Users’ Group (AMUG) reports that two new additive manufacturing (AM) workshops will be held before its conference, taking place 22-26 March 2020 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.The workshops are for those seeking technician…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:15am -
  • Ultrasound can shake up 3D printed metal alloys

    Ultrasound can shake up 3D printed metal alloys

    3D printed titanium alloys under an electron microscope: the sample on the left with large, elongated crystals was printed conventionally, while the sample on the right with finer, shorter crystals was printed sitting on an ultrasonic generator. Imag…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 4:00am -
  • Light-powered metal nanoparticle hits the gas

    Light-powered metal nanoparticle hits the gas

    Researchers at Rice University boosted the stability of their low-energy, copper-ruthenium syngas photocatalysts by shrinking the active sites to single atoms of ruthenium (blue). Image: John Mark Martirez/UCLA.Researchers at Rice University have cre…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 3:59am -
  • Completion of rail composites project

    Completion of rail composites project

    MAT4RAIL also looked into modifying the design of cabins and seats to create the cabin of the future by incorporating new technologies and communication systems.Plastics technology center Aimplas says that the European MAT4RAIL project has been compl…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 6:45am -
  • PostProcess appoints East Asian distributor

    PostProcess appoints East Asian distributor

    PostProcess Technologies has appointed Japan-based trader K K Irisu to distribute its products in the Asian market.PostProcess Technologies has appointed Japan-based trader KK Irisu to distribute its products in the Asian market.KK Irisu already…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 6:45am -

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  • newTeam develops an electrochemical method for extracting uranium, and potentially other metal ions, from solution

    Team develops an electrochemical method for extracting uranium, and potentially other metal ions, from solution

    Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes—molecules composed of boron, carbon and hydrogen atoms clustered together in three-dimensional shapes—were seen as the possible basis for next-genera…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 3:56pm -
  • newEngineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor

    Engineers develop recipe to dramatically strengthen body armor

    According to ancient lore, Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan, body armor has significantly evolved—silk h…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 1:24pm -
  • newCoating helps electronics stay cool by sweating

    Coating helps electronics stay cool by sweating

    Mammals sweat to regulate body temperature, and researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China are exploring whether our phones could do the same. In a study published January 22 in the journal Joule, the authors present a coating for electr…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 11:00am -
  • newSelf-moisturizing smart contact lenses

    Self-moisturizing smart contact lenses

    Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new type of smart contact lenses that can prevent dry eyes. The self-moisturizing system, which is described in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, maintains a layer of fluid between the cont…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 8:49am -
  • newNovel software tool extracts important chemical exposure data
    Southwest Research Institute is introducing Floodlight, a novel software tool that efficiently discovers the vast numbers of chemical components—previously known and unknown—present in the food, air, drugs and products we are exposed to every day…
    - 24 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 3:21am -
  • newResearchers test cells with silicon anodes, alumina coatings that protect cathodes

    Researchers test cells with silicon anodes, alumina coatings that protect cathodes

    The process of developing better rechargeable batteries may be cloudy, but there's an alumina lining.
    - 24 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 3:17am -
  • Let the europium shine brighter

    Let the europium shine brighter

    A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:55pm -
  • Making bismuth behave like a transition metal

    Making bismuth behave like a transition metal

    A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institut für Kohlenforschung has found a way to get bismuth to behave like a transition metal. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their method to get bismuth to orchestrate bo…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 10:20am -
  • Scanning Raman picoscopy: A new methodology for determining molecular chemical structure

    Scanning Raman picoscopy: A new methodology for determining molecular chemical structure

    Precise determination of the chemical structure of a molecule is of vital importance to any molecular related field and is the key to a deep understanding of its chemical, physical, and biological functions. Scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic f…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 10:17am -
  • Researchers find a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight

    Researchers find a way to harness the entire spectrum of sunlight

    Scientists for the first time have developed a single molecule that can absorb sunlight efficiently and also act as a catalyst to transform solar energy into hydrogen, a clean alternative to fuel for things like gas-powered vehicles.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 10:11am -

Phys.org: Nanotechnology

  • newA new 'molecular nano-patterning' technique reveals that some molecular motors coordinate differently

    A new 'molecular nano-patterning' technique reveals that some molecular motors coordinate differently

    Body movement, from the muscles in your arms to the neurons transporting those signals to your brain, relies on a massive collection of proteins called molecular motors.
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 2:00pm -
  • newPicosecond magnetization dynamics of spin modes revealed by diffractive ferromagnetic resonance

    Picosecond magnetization dynamics of spin modes revealed by diffractive ferromagnetic resonance

    As nanoelectronics encounters fundamental barriers, the spin of an electron, in addition to its charge, is being utilized to carry information in electronic devices. This calls for new characterization and detection methods of spin modes in complex m…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Jan 20, 9:31am -
  • New self-assembled monolayer is resistant to air

    New self-assembled monolayer is resistant to air

    Organic self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have been around for over forty years. The most widely used form is based on thiols, bound to a metal surface. However, although the thiol SAMs are very versatile, they are also chemically unstable. Exposure o…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:33pm -
  • Dialing up the heat on nanoparticles

    Dialing up the heat on nanoparticles

    Rapid progress in the field of metallic nanotechnology is sparking a science revolution that is likely to impact all areas of society, according to professor of physics Ventsislav Valev and his team at the University of Bath in the UK.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:10pm -
  • Scientists study bacterial cells in the photo-emission spectrum

    Scientists study bacterial cells in the photo-emission spectrum

    A team of Russian scientists working in cooperation with international colleagues used a new method combining visual microscopic observations and photoemission spectrum registration that can be used to create a map of the physical and chemical state…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 12:06pm -
  • Chemists find fungal shrapnel in the air

    Chemists find fungal shrapnel in the air

    In a discovery that has implications for our understanding of the air we breathe, UCI chemists report that they've found nanoscale fragments of fungal cells in the atmosphere. The pieces are extremely small, measuring about 30 nanometers in diameter,…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 8:32am -
  • Designer-defect mediated clamping of ferroelectric domain walls for more stable nanoelectronics

    Designer-defect mediated clamping of ferroelectric domain walls for more stable nanoelectronics

    A UNSW study published today in Nature Communications presents an exciting step towards domain-wall nanoelectronics: a novel form of future electronics based on nano-scale conduction paths, and which could allow for extremely dense memory storage.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 8:01am -
  • Molecules move faster on a rough terrain

    Molecules move faster on a rough terrain

    Roughness, the presence of irregularities on a surface, is commonly associated with slower motion and stickiness. This is true at different length scales: at human size (1 meter), it takes longer to walk along a path that goes up and down, rather tha…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 12:40pm -
  • Programmable nests for cells

    Programmable nests for cells

    Using DNA, small silica particles, and carbon nanotubes, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed novel programmable nanocomposites that can be tailored to various applications and programmed to degrade quickly and gently…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 11:00am -
  • Colloidal quantum dot photodetectors can now see further than before

    Colloidal quantum dot photodetectors can now see further than before

    Optical sensing in the mid to long infrared (5 microns [um]) is becoming of utmost importance in different fields since it is proving to be an excellent tool for environmental monitoring, gas sensing, thermal imaging as well as food quality control o…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 1:04pm -
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