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Scanning electron microscopes - Getting rid of bad vibrations

Scanning electron microscopes are extremely sensitive and even subtle movements going on around them can affect their accuracy. Vibration control tables already exist to dampen these sometimes barely perceptible disturbances. But now a new kind of isolation platform for the first time integrates sensors and actuators into the mount - resulting in a platform that is more cost-effective and compact than its predecessors.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2014

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The environmental impact of nanomachines

This review article highlights the opportunities and challenges in translating the remarkable progresses in nanomotor technology toward practical environmental applications. It covers various environmental areas that would benefit from these developments, including nanomachine-enabled degradation and removal of major contaminants or nanomotor-based water quality monitoring.

Posted: Mar 17th, 2014

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Bionic plants augmented with carbon nanotubes

Researchers want to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them completely new functions, such as monitoring environmental pollutants.

Posted: Mar 16th, 2014

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Brighter inks, without pigment

Encapsulated nanoparticles can create bright colors by amplifying particular wavelengths of light. These microcapsules could offer a new, non-toxic and long-lasting source of color for paints and electronic displays.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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Big data tackles tiny molecular machines

Researchers combine genetic and structural data to begin to solve one of the most compelling mysteries in biology: how proteins perform the regulatory mechanisms in cells upon which life depends.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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