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Cancer-killing nanodaisies (w/video)

Researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that's many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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Engineers improve strength and flexibility of atom-thick films

Researchers have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight. They believe it can be used to improve electrical energy storage, water filtration and radiofrequency shielding in technology from portable electronics to coaxial cables.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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A greasy way to take better protein snapshots

The dream of analyzing the structure of large, hard-to-crystallize proteins and other bio molecules has come one step closer to reality. In new study, researchers used a newly developed grease to suspend small crystals of lysozyme, glucose isomerase, thaumatin, and fatty acid-binding protein type-3, which they then analyzed using the revolutionary serial femtosecond crystallography method.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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Heat transfer sets the noise floor for ultrasensitive electronics

A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments. The findings could have implications for the future design of transistors and other electronic components.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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New electron spin secrets revealed

Researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to directly generate an electric current in a magnetic material by rotating its magnetization. The findings reveal a novel link between magnetism and electricity, and may have applications in electronics.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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A billion holes can make a battery (w/video)

Researchers have invented a single tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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Carbon-based nanomaterials could lower cost of solar energy

Mike Arnold, associate professor at UW-Madison, leads a research team that focuses on the study of advanced electronic materials for photovoltaic solar energy, energy storage, and semiconductor electronics. Developing materials that can bring down the cost of PV energy is his team's passion and primary goal.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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A new way to grow uniform nanowire arrays

Researchers have developed a new way to grow nanowire arrays with a determined diameter, length and uniform consistency. This approach to growing nanomaterials will improve the efficiency of various devices including solar cells and fuel cells.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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