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Sensor demonstrates lack of space in living cells

Scientists have developed a novel method which can be used to analyse the effects of the lack of space in living cells with the aid of a microscope for the first time. They designed a sensor that changes colour depending on how confined the space in the cell is.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2015

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Watching nanoscale assembly live

Ebola virus, Alzheimer's amyloid fibrils, tissue collagen scaffolds and cellular cytoskeleton are all filamentous structures that spontaneously assemble from individual proteins.

Posted: Jan 5th, 2015

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A repulsive material

In a world-first achievement, scientists have developed a new hydrogel whose properties are dominated by electrostatic repulsion, rather than attractive interactions.

Posted: Dec 30th, 2014

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Introducing Graphene Study 2015

As part of its extensive education and outreach activities, Europe's Graphene Flagship will soon stage a second Graphene Study week. This will take place from 23-28 March 2015 in Kaprun, Austria.

Posted: Dec 30th, 2014

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Detecting extraterrestrial life through nanoscale vibrations

Scientists have developed an extremely sensitive yet simple motion detector that can be built easily by adapting already-existent technology. The system has proven accurate with detecting bacteria, yeast, and even cancer cells, and is considered for the rapid testing of drugs and even the detection of extraterrestrial life.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2014

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A qubit candidate shines brighter

Precisely placing imperfections called 'nitrogen vacancy centers' within nano-sized diamond structures can boost their fluorescence, a key step toward using the defects in future quantum computers.

Posted: Dec 29th, 2014

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