Build a pendulum small enough, and it will violate Newton's classical laws of mechanics, following quantum rules instead. Some researchers hope to observe such violations by cooling a tiny wobbling object to very low temperatures.
Researchers in Australia have developed a "switchable" detergent with a wide range of potential applications - from a laundry detergent that hardly needs a rinse cycle to a non-irritating eye rinse to increasing the amount of oil that companies can extract from a well.
Chemists have developed a method to dramatically improve the longevity of fluorescent nanoparticles that may someday help researchers track the motion of a single molecule as it travels through a living cell.
Researchers have found a simple, inexpensive way to create a nanowire coating on the surface of biocompatible titanium that can be used to create more effective surfaces for hip replacement, dental reconstruction and vascular stenting.
In an effort to develop alternative energy sources such as fuel cells and solar fuel from "artificial" photosynthesis, scientists are taking a detailed look at electrons - the particles that set almost all chemical processes in motion.