Researchers developed an aqueous system that uses a single starting point to induce self-assembly formation, whose stability is pre-programmed with a lifetime before disassembly occurs without any additional external signal - hence presenting an artificial self-regulation mechanism in closed conditions.
Researchers succeeded for the first time in identifying the atomic structure and bonding mechanism in coherent interfaces between diamond, the hardest known material, and cubic boron nitride, the second hardest.
Using standard semiconductor manufacturing equipment, researchers have demonstrated a nano-mechanical plasmon phase modulator that can control and manipulate the flow of plasmons at the nanoscale without any degradation in optical performance.
The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) invites members of the public to cast their votes for the winning images in the EnvisioNano photo contest. Students from labs and schools across the United States sent in pictures and descriptions of their research for the chance to win the top honors.
Inspired by the way living organisms have evolved in nature to perform complex tasks with remarkable ease, a group of researchers is exploring similar 'evolutionary' methods to create information processing devices.
Researchers have carried out the first systematic study analyzing the safety of so-called upconversion nanoparticles that may be used to treat skin cancer and other skin diseases. This study is one of the most important steps on the path to new, safe and effective methods to diagnose and treat cancer.
This potentially scalable graphene production method consists in the exfoliation of low cost graphite using ultrasonic waves in synergy with a surface active and self-assembling protein extracted from an edible fungus.
Life may seem precarious for the sea sponge known as Venus' flower basket. Tiny, hair-like appendages made essentially of glass are all that hold the creatures to their seafloor homes. But fear not for these creatures of the deep. Those tiny lifelines, called basalia spicules, are fine-tuned for strength.
Scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today.