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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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New research shows unlimited heat conduction in graphene

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and the National University of Singapore have attested that the thermal conductivity of graphene diverges with the size of the samples. This discovery challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction for extended materials.

Posted: May 8th, 2014

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