In addition to its iridescent beauty, mother of pearl, or nacre, the inner lining of the shells of abalone, mussels and certain other mollusks, is also renowned for an amazing strength and toughness that has been a long-standing mystery. Now, scientists have brought to light a new aspect of nacre?s nanostructural architecture using the polarized x-ray beams and nanoscale imaging capabilities of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), a national synchrotron facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
A new 'barcode chip' developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. In less than 10 minutes, and using just a pinprick's worth of blood, the chip can measure the concentrations of dozens of proteins, including those that herald the presence of diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated for the first time the existence of a key magnetic - as opposed to electronic - property of specially built semiconductor devices.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated their ability to measure relatively low levels of stress or strain in regions of a semiconductor device as small as 10 nanometers across.
You never know where basic research may lead. For decades materials scientists have been experimenting with a corkscrew-like polymer structure called a gyroid. Now an international team of researchers has shown that the gyroid structure can be used to self-assemble a low-cost photovoltaic cell.
Rice University nanophotonics pioneer Naomi Halas has been named a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF) by the Department of Defense. Halas is one of just six fellows chosen from more than 650 nominees this year for the prestigious program.
The Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S-NET) is poised to become an international organization to promote open intellectual exchange towards the advancement of knowledge and understanding of nanotechnologies in society.
Over the next seven years, unique new experimental facilities for research with X-rays will come into operation. This decision, taken by the ESRF Council, representing the 19 countries financing the ESRF, confirms Europe's vision to expand its global leadership in photon science.
Researchers in Sweden have succeeded in creating electrical wires consisting of protein fibers encased in plastic. The 10 nanometer thin fibers are self-organizing and compatible with biological systems.
Researchers at AIST in Japan have developed an array spotter capable of dispensing an infinitesimal amount of liquid sample and of changing freely the intervals between the capillaries that serve as dispensing outlets.
Wissenschaftler des Karlsruher Instituts fuer Technologie (KIT) haben einen unerwarteten elektronischen Effekt entdeckt, der mittelfristig einen Durchbruch bei der Herstellung neuartiger Schaltelemente bringen koennte.
Researchers report synthesizing a molecular motor made of DNA that includes three important properties in one molecule. Although still limited in its forward motion, this mechanism could eventually transport cargo in real nanotech devices.