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Coffee-ring phenomenon explained in new theory

Scientists have modeled how a colloidal droplet evaporates and found a previously overlooked mechanism that more accurately determines the dynamics of particle deposition in evaporating sessile droplets, which has ramifications in many fields of today's technological world.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2016

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Going green with nanotechnology

Nanotechnology offers many chances to benefit the environment and health. It can be applied to save raw materials and energy, develop enhanced solar cells and more efficient rechargeable batteries and replace harmful substances with eco-compatible solutions.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2016

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Scientists see snowman's face in platinum encrusted nanoparticle

Researchers have captured the formation of a platinum encrusted nanoparticle that bears a striking resemblance to a festive snowman. As well as providing some Christmas cheer, the fully functional 'nano-snowman' has applications for providing greener energy and for advancements in medical care.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2016

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Characterization of magnetic nanovortices simplified

Processors and storage media making use of tiny structures called 'skyrmions' could one day lead to the further miniaturization of IT devices and improve their energy efficiency significantly.Physicists have now put forward a method which could speed up the screening of suitable materials.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2016

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Researcher pursues synthetic 'scaffolds' for muscle regeneration

Scientists are taking a synthetic approach to muscle regeneration. Their goal is to create a synthetic, porous, biologically compatible 'scaffold' that mimics the normal extracellular environment of skeletal muscle - onto which human cells could migrate and grow new replacement fibers.

Posted: Dec 20th, 2016

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Nanoparticle-based method shows promise in DNA vaccine delivery

Scientists have developed a novel method for delivering therapeutic molecules into cells. The method harnesses gold nanoparticles that are electrically activated, causing them to oscillate and bore holes in cells' outer membranes and allowing key molecules - such as DNA, RNA, and proteins - to gain entry.

Posted: Dec 19th, 2016

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First use of graphene to detect cancer cells

By interfacing brain cells onto graphene, researchers have shown they can differentiate a single hyperactive cancerous cell from a normal cell, pointing the way to developing a simple, noninvasive tool for early cancer diagnosis.

Posted: Dec 19th, 2016

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