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Advance could bring commercial applications for silver nanowires

Silver nanowires hold promise for applications such as flexible displays and solar cells, but their susceptibility to damage from highly energetic UV radiation and harsh environmental conditions has limited their commercialization. New research suggests wrapping the nanowires with an ultrathin layer of carbon called graphene protects the structures from damage and could represent a key to realizing their commercial potential.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2015

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A new way to look at metal organic frameworks

An international collaboration of scientists has developed a technique they dubbed 'gas adsorption crystallography' that provides a new way to study the process by which metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are able to store immense volumes of gases such a carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane. This new look at MOFs led to a discovery that holds promise for the improved design of MOFs tailored specifically for carbon capture, or for the use of hydrogen and natural gas fuels.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2015

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Nanobodies from camels enable the study of organ growth

Scientists have developed a new technique using nanobodies. Employing the so-called 'Morphotrap', the distribution of the morphogen Dpp, which plays an important role in wing development, could be selectively manipulated and analyzed for the first time in the fruit fly.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2015

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Conducting gels - from waste to wealth

Researchers have demonstrated an innovative way of using a gel to extract precious metals such as silver and gold from waste and convert them into conducting nanoparticles to form a hybrid nanomaterial potentially suitable for a range of high-tech applications.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2015

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New way to find DNA damage

Chemists devised a new way to detect chemical damage to DNA that sometimes leads to genetic mutations responsible for many diseases, including various cancers and neurological disorders.

Posted: Nov 6th, 2015

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