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Bionic plants augmented with carbon nanotubes

Researchers want to make plants even more useful by augmenting them with nanomaterials that could enhance their energy production and give them completely new functions, such as monitoring environmental pollutants.

Posted: Mar 16th, 2014

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Brighter inks, without pigment

Encapsulated nanoparticles can create bright colors by amplifying particular wavelengths of light. These microcapsules could offer a new, non-toxic and long-lasting source of color for paints and electronic displays.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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Big data tackles tiny molecular machines

Researchers combine genetic and structural data to begin to solve one of the most compelling mysteries in biology: how proteins perform the regulatory mechanisms in cells upon which life depends.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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Nanoframe of mind

Researchers converted platinum-nickel polyhedra into bare frames that had a much richer platinum content.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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Nasty nanoinjectors pose a new target for antibiotic research

If you've ever suffered the misery of food poisoning from a bacterium like Shigella or Salmonella, then your cells have been on the receiving end of 'nanoinjectors' - microscopic spikes made from proteins through which pathogens secrete effector proteins into human host cells, causing infection.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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Dentistry and bioactive glass

Bioactive glasses have found a wide range of medical and dental applications and are currently used as bone grafts, scaffolds and coating material for dental implants.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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An exotic phase to manipulate spin

The experimental detection of an important quantum phenomenon in a semiconductor could lead to improved control of electron spin and the development of practical spintronics.

Posted: Mar 14th, 2014

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