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Like biological channels, graphene pores are selective for certain types of ions
The surface of a single cell contains hundreds of tiny pores, or ion channels, each of which is a portal for specific ions. Ion channels are typically about 1 nanometer wide; by maintaining the right balance of ions, they ...
First optical rectenna—combined rectifier and antenna—converts light to DC current
Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current.
Simple detection of magnetic skyrmions
At present, tiny magnetic whirls – so called skyrmions – are discussed as promising candidates for bits in future robust and compact data storage devices. At the University of Hamburg these exotic magnetic structures ...
Graphene teams up with two-dimensional crystals for faster data communications
Ultra-fast detection of light lies at the heart of optical communication systems nowadays. Driven by the internet of things and 5G, data communication bandwidth is growing exponentially, thus requiring even faster optical ...
Researchers use disordered matter for computation, evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network
Clathrin as a biotech substrate: Immobilization and functionalization
Sculpting a conjugated polymer using DNA origami
Working electronic circuits produced through artificial evolution
Researchers of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the CTIT Institute for ICT Research at the University of Twente in The Netherlands have produced working electronic circuits that have been developed in a radically ...
Researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers
More luminous and energy efficient than LEDs, white lasers look to be the future in lighting and light-based wireless communication.
Quantum dot solar windows go non-toxic, colorless, with record efficiency
A luminescent solar concentrator is an emerging sunlight harvesting technology that has the potential to disrupt the way we think about energy; It could turn any window into a daytime power source.