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Understanding ceramic materials' 'mortar' may reveal ways to improve them

New research shows that in the important ceramic material silicon carbide, carbon atoms collect at those grain boundaries when the material is exposed to radiation. The finding could help engineers better understand the properties of ceramics and could aid in fine-tuning a new generation of ceramic materials.

May 25th, 2020

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Microbial cyborgs: Bacteria supplying power

One day, 'microbial cyborgs' might be used in fuel cells, biosensors, or bioreactors. Scientists have created the necessary prerequisite by developing a programmable, biohybrid system consisting of a nanocomposite and the Shewanella oneidensis bacterium that produces electrons.

May 25th, 2020

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Oriented hexagonal boron nitride foster new type of information carrier

A novel alternative to current computers is to utilize the wave quantum number of the electrons by which the information encoding is possible without physically moving the carriers. This study shows that manipulation of the wave quantum number is possible by controlling the stacking configuration and the orientation of different two-dimensional materials.

May 22nd, 2020

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Implantable biosensor operates without batteries

Researchers have revealed their new biodegradable motion sensor - paving the way for implanted nanotechnology that could help future sports professionals better monitor their movements to aid rapid improvements, or help caregivers remotely monitor people living with dementia.

May 21st, 2020

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Membrane nanopore transport gets picky

Trying to determine how negatively charged ions squeeze through a carbon nanotube 20,000 times smaller than a human hair is no easy feat. Not only did scientists do that but they found that those ions are unexpectedly picky depending on the anion.

May 21st, 2020

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