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Helium 'balloons' offer new path to control complex materials

Researchers ave developed a new method to manipulate a wide range of materials and their behavior using only a handful of helium ions. The technique advances the understanding and use of complex oxide materials that boast unusual properties such as superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance but are notoriously difficult to control.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2015

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High-performance microscope displays pores in the cell nucleus with greater precision

The transportation of certain molecules into and out of the cell nucleus takes place via nuclear pores. For some time, detailed research has been conducted into how these pores embedded in the nuclear envelope are structured. Now, for the first time, biochemists have succeeded in elucidating the structure of the transportation channel inside the nuclear pores in high resolution using high-performance electron microscopes.

Posted: Jun 26th, 2015

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New conductive ink for electronic apparel

Researchers have developed a new ink that can be printed on textiles in a single step to form highly conductive and stretchable connections. This new functional ink will enable electronic apparel such as sportswear and underwear incorporating sensing devices for measuring a range of biological indicators such as heart rate and muscle contraction.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2015

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Future antibiotics?

Engineered particles are capable of producing toxins that are deadly to targeted bacteria.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2015

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Dancing droplets (w/video)

Researchers have developed a system of using sound waves to move, merge or sort minuscule droplets with reagents or cells in a controlled manner.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2015

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3D plasmonic antenna capable of focusing light into few nanometers

Adopting the proximal focused-ion-beam milling technology, researchers developed a three dimensional 4 nanometer wide gap-plasmon antenna. By squeezing the photons into a three dimensional nano space, the researchers were able to increase the intensity of light 400,000 times stronger than that of the incident light.

Posted: Jun 25th, 2015

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New polymer-piezoelectric hybrid creates potential for 'materials that compute'

Moving closer to the possibility of 'materials that compute' and wearing your computer on your sleeve, researchers have designed a responsive hybrid material that is fueled by an oscillatory chemical reaction and can perform computations based on changes in the environment or movement, and potentially even respond to human vital signs.

Posted: Jun 24th, 2015

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