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Physicists demonstrate magnetism inside a single molecule

A team of physicists has succeeded in performing an extraordinary experiment: They demonstrated how magnetism that generally manifests itself by a force between two magnetized objects acts within a single molecule. This discovery is of high significance to fundamental research and provides scientists with a new tool to better understand magnetism as an elementary phenomenon of physics.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2013

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Playing Lego on an atomic scale

Sparked by nanomaterial graphene, a 'gold rush' on new materials made layer by layer with atomic precision is about to begin, according to Nobel Laureate Andre Geim.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2013

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Reinste Nanopartikel für bessere Katalysatoren

Seine Methode ist ungewöhnlich und hat Potenzial: Mit Laserlicht möchte Dr. Philipp Wagener von der Universität Duisburg-Essen hochreine Nanomaterialien erzeugen, um die Katalyse und die Energietechnik effizienter zu machen.

Posted: Jul 25th, 2013

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A nanotechnology holy grail in label-free cancer marker detection: Single molecules

Just months after setting a record for detecting the smallest single virus in solution, researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University announced a new breakthrough: A nano-enhanced version of their biosensor detected a single cancer marker protein and even smaller molecules below the mass of all known markers. This achievement sets a new benchmark for the most sensitive limit of detection, and may significantly advance early disease diagnostics.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2013

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Ancient technology for metal coatings 2,000 years ago can't be matched even today

Artists and craftsmen more than 2,000 years ago developed thin-film coating technology unrivaled even by today's standards for producing DVDs, solar cells, electronic devices and other products. Understanding these sophisticated metal-plating techniques from ancient times could help preserve priceless artistic and other treasures from the past.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2013

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New nanoscale indenter takes novel approach to measuring surface properties

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated a new design for an instrument, an 'instrumented nanoscale indenter', that makes sensitive measurements of the mechanical properties of thin films - ranging from auto body coatings to microelectronic devices - and biomaterials.

Posted: Jul 24th, 2013

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