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Gecko-inspired multipurpose gripper

An elastic membrane covered with tiny fibres paired with a pressure differential enables a new soft gripper system with a high adhesion performance even on curved surfaces.

Posted: May 26th, 2017

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Self-healing catalyst films for hydrogen production

Chemists have developed a catalyst with self-healing properties. Under the challenging conditions of water electrolysis for hydrogen production, the catalyst material regenerates itself, as long as the components required for this are present in the electrolyte solution.

Posted: May 26th, 2017

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Water forms 'spine of hydration' around DNA

How water relates to and interacts with biological systems is of critical importance, and a research group has used a relatively new form of spectroscopy to observe a previously unknown characteristic of water.

Posted: May 25th, 2017

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Unveiling the quantum necklace

Scientists have theoretically described two quantum states that are extraordinary in both the physics that define them and their visual appeal: a complex quantum system that simulates classical physics and a spellbinding necklace-like state.

Posted: May 25th, 2017

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