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Unique nanostructure produces novel 'plasmonic halos'

Using the geometric and material properties of a unique nanostructure, Boston College researchers have uncovered a novel photonic effect where surface plasmons interact with light to form "plasmonic halos" of selectable output color.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2013

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A genetic device performs DNA diagnosis

Researchers have succeeded in creating a genetic device that operates independently in bacterial cells. The device has been programmed to identify certain parameters and mount an appropriate response.

Posted: Feb 7th, 2013

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Researcher sheds new light on the mysteries of spider silk

Stanford researcher and her collaborators are the first to measure all of the elastic properties of an intact spider's web, drawing a remarkable picture of the behavior of one of nature's most intriguing structures. The work could lead to new bio-inspired materials that improve upon nature.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2013

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Photo-growth of pores in a polymer gel network

Irradiation with light is an established method for initiating polymerization or crosslinking (curing) in the production of plastics. American researchers are now using light to retroactively increase the size of the pores within a polymer network.

Posted: Feb 6th, 2013

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