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Soft core, hard shell - the latest in nanotechnology

Medical science is placing high hopes on nanoparticles as in future they could be used, for example, as a vehicle for targeted drug delivery. An international team of researchers has for the first time succeeded in assaying the stability of these particles and their distribution within the body. Their results show that a lot of research is still needed in this field.

Posted: Jun 22nd, 2015

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Chemists devise technology that could transform solar energy storage

The materials in most of today's residential rooftop solar panels can store energy from the sun for only a few microseconds at a time. A new technology is capable of storing solar energy for up to several weeks - an advance that could change the way scientists think about designing solar cells.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2015

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First solar cell made of highly ordered molecular frameworks

Researchers have developed a material suited for photovoltaics. For the first time, a functioning organic solar cell consisting of a single component has been produced on the basis of metal-organic framework compounds (MOFs). The material is highly elastic and might also be used for the flexible coating of clothes and deformable components.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2015

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A bundled attraction

A magnetic field and a protein jacket are all that is needed to create bundles of one-dimensional arrays of 'superparamagnetic' nanoparticles.

Posted: Jun 19th, 2015

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Adapting nanotechnology imaging tools to study ants' heat-deflecting adaptations

In a typical experiment involving biological material such as nanoscale hairs, it would usually be sufficient to use an electron microscope to create an image of the surface of the specimen. This research, however, required to look inside the ant hairs and produce a cross-section of the structure's interior. The relatively weak beam of electrons from a standard electron microscope would not be able to penetrate the surface of the sample.

Posted: Jun 18th, 2015

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