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Water, water, everywhere - Controlling the properties of nanomaterials

Scientists are learning how the properties of water molecules on the surface of metal oxides can be used to better control these minerals and use them to make products such as more efficient semiconductors for organic light emitting diodes and solar cells, safer vehicle glass in fog and frost, and more environmentally friendly chemical sensors for industrial applications.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Revealing the inner workings of a molecular motor

Scientists have made important steps toward understanding how dynein - a 'molecular motor' - walks along tube-like structures in the cell to move cellular cargo from the outer structures toward the cell body of neurons.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Graphene plasmons go ballistic

Graphene combined with the insulting power of boron nitride enables light control in tiny circuits with dramatically reduced energy loss.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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A semiconductor from the hot plate

Scientists have been successful in their search for new, better materials to produce organic semiconductors. Their latest development has even broken a world record: It is a better electricity conductor than all other comparable materials.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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'Batman' leads way to superfast and precise data storage

With a surprising discovery, an international team of scientists demonstrates the feasibility of selective magnetization switching inside a microstructure by using laser light. Their findings open opportunities for very-high-density information storage media.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Upside down, boy you turn me - Nanophotonic hybridization of atoms and opals

Scientists have recently infiltrated cesium atoms in a self-assembled opal to create a hybrid nanophotonic system. By tuning the opal's forbidden gap relative to the atomic resonance, dra­matic changes are observed in reflectivity. In the most extreme case, the atomic reflection spectrum is turned upside down compared to the traditional case.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2015

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Toward quantum chips

Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip is a crucial step toward quantum-computational circuits.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2015

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