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Rotational X-ray tracking uncovers hidden motion at the nanoscale

An international team of scientists has developed a new technique called rotational X-ray tracking (RXT). The researchers were successful in demonstrating the power of the new technique by using it to study small crystalline particles immobilized by the fact they form a colloidal gel under certain conditions.

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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New nanotechnology method sneaks drugs into cancer cells before triggering release

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a nanotechnology anti-cancer drug delivery method that essentially smuggles the drug into a cancer cell before triggering its release. The method can be likened to keeping a cancer-killing bomb and its detonator separate until they are inside a cancer cell, where they then combine to destroy the cell.

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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A simple doping method improves properties of carbon nanotubes

Researchers have developed a simple method for controlling the 'doping' of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a chemical process that optimizes the tubes? properties. The method could improve the utility of doped CNTs in a number of nanotechnologies and flexible electronics, including CNT-silicon hybrid solar energy cells.

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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New nanowire growth mechanism observed

A mechanism of growth of anisotropic metal oxides that was predicted 20 years ago has been observed for the first time by researchers at the University of Bristol.

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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Exploring the magnetism of a single atom

Scientists have shown for the first time the maximum theoretical limit of energy needed to control the magnetization of a single atom. The fundamental work can have great implications for the future of magnetic research and technology.

Posted: May 9th, 2014

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Regenerating plastic grows back after damage (w/video)

Researchers have developed materials that not only heal, but regenerate. Until now, self-repairing materials could only bond tiny microscopic cracks. The new regenerating materials fill in large cracks and holes by regrowing material.

Posted: May 8th, 2014

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In a superconductor, everything happens at once

Scientists are closing in on the secret recipe for high-temperature superconductors. The secret ingredients are still unknown, but new research has revealed a little more about how they are mixed. Three previously observed events associated with the emergence of superconductivity turn out to occur at the same time.

Posted: May 8th, 2014

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