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'Electronic tongue' to ensure food quality

An 'electronic tongue' could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2014

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Artificial nanomaterial retina could someday help restore vision

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with this crucial part of the eye.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2014

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A twisted world - chemists build a molecular banister

Chemists have succeeded in twisting a molecule by combining molecular strands of differing lengths. The longer strand winds around a central axis like a staircase banister, creating a helical structure that exhibits special physical properties.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2014

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An electrical wire a few atoms wide

Researchers showed it is possible to create an electrical channel a few atoms wide within two-dimensional insulating materials. Their simulations open new perspectives for the production of new electronic and photovoltaic devices.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2014

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Pseudospin-driven spin relaxation mechanism in graphene

Scientists unveiled an unprecedented spin relaxation mechanism unique to graphene, and related with entanglement of spin and pseudospin quantum degrees of freedom in presence of weak spin-orbit coupling effects. This phenomenon revisits years of controversies and opens a new window into the challenge of manipulating spin degree of freedom in future information-processing technologies.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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Unravelling the mysteries of topological heat transport

Researchers have determined the microscopic origin of an unusual form of magnetic heat transport. The team reports on how magnetic 'quasi-particles', known as magnons, propagate in Lu2V2O7, the first material to exhibit the thermal magnon Hall effect: the magnetic transport of heat perpendicular to a temperature gradient.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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Imaging with added sparkle

Nanodiamonds are providing scientists with new possibilities for accurately measuring processes inside living cells, with potential to improve drug delivery.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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Cancer-killing nanodaisies (w/video)

Researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that's many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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