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Researchers cage water in buckyballs to see it change form

Scientists are using a pioneering method of 'caging' and cooling water molecules to study the change in orientation of the magnetic nuclei at the centre of each hydrogen atom - a process which transforms the molecule from one form of water to another.

Jun 17th, 2014

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Nanotubes boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles.

Jun 17th, 2014

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Researchers use virus to reveal nanopore physics

Nanopores could provide a new way to sequence DNA quickly, but the physics involved isn't well understood. That's partly because of the complexities involved in studying the random, squiggly form DNA takes in solution. Researchers have simplified matters by using a stiff, rod-like virus instead of DNA to experiment with nanopores. Their research has uncovered previously unknown dynamics in polymer-nanopore interactions.

Jun 16th, 2014

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Trapping light: a long lifetime in a very small place

Physicists have created a silicon nanocavity that allows light to be trapped longer than in other similarly-sized optical cavities. An innovative design approach, which mimics evolutionary biology, allowed them to achieve a 10-fold improvement on the performance of previous nanocavities.

Jun 16th, 2014

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Unique insight into molecules

Processes on the atomic scale can only be described accurately by using the laws of quantum mechanics. Physicists have now succeeded for the first time to completely determine the state of such a quantum mechanical system in experiments.

Jun 16th, 2014

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2014 edition of European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium now online

The EU NanoSafety Cluster has released the 2014 edition of its anual compendium that documents the status of important EU-funded projects on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure monitoring, integrated risk management, research infrastructure and coordination and support activities as well as regulatory-focussed research on nanosafety.

Jun 16th, 2014

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X-ray lenses for nanoanalytics

Progress in the field of nanotechnology can only be achieved, if analytical methods for the characterization of nanostructures continuously improve. Due to the structures' small size visible light cannot be utilized for nanoanalytical techniques. In point of fact, microscopic methods with electron waves or X-rays must be applied here, as the wavelengths, they work with, are small enough. Multilayer Laue lenses (MLL) offer a most promising approach to developing highest resolution X-ray optics.

Jun 13th, 2014

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