Researchers have uncovered the process by which mollusks manufacture nacre - commonly known as 'mother of pearl'. Knowing how it's made could lead to new methods to synthesize a variety of new materials with as yet unguessed properties.
A new method for building 'drawbridges' between metal nanoparticles may allow electronics makers to build full-color displays using light-scattering nanoparticles that are similar to the gold materials that medieval artisans used to create red stained-glass.
Thermal ablation with magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery is a noninvasive technique for treating fibroids and cancer. New research shows that combining the technique with chemotherapy can allow complete destruction of tumors in mice.
By attaching a hydrogen peroxide reporter protein to cellular microtubule structures, researchers have developed the first sensor able to show the location of the key cellular signaling chemical inside living cells with high resolution over time.
Despite being thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper and hundreds of times thinner than household cling wrap or aluminum foil, corrugated plates of aluminum oxide spring back to their original shape after being bent and twisted.
Using a novel microscope that combines standard through-the-lens viewing with a technique called scatterfield imaging, researchers accurately measured patterned features on a silicon wafer that were 30 times smaller than the wavelength of light (450 nanometers) used to examine them.
Researchers who pioneered the development of laser-induced graphene have configured their discovery into flexible, solid-state microsupercapacitors that rival the best available for energy storage and delivery.
The development of a reusable microfluidic device for sorting and manipulating cells and other micro/nano meter scale objects will make biomedical diagnosis of diseases cheaper and more convenient in regions where medical facilities are sparse or cost is prohibitive.