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Copying geckos’ toes

Geckos are famous for their ability to walk up walls and scamper across ceilings. The dry-adhesive surface of geckos’ toes has inspired many attempts to copy this ability in an artificial material. Isabel ...

dateSep 05, 2011 in Nanomaterials
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How Perfect Can Graphene Be?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Physicists have investigated the purest graphene to date, and have found that the material possesses unprecedented high electronic quality. The discovery has raised the bar for this relatively ...

dateOct 13, 2009 in Nanomaterials feature
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Brain-Like Computer Closer to Realization

(PhysOrg.com) -- Almost since computing began, scientists and technologists have been fascinated with the idea of a computer that works similarly to the human brain. In 2008, the first "memristor" was built, ...

dateMar 17, 2010 in Nanophysics weblog
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Boron 'buckyball' discovered

The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a new ball on the pitch.

dateJul 13, 2014 in Nanomaterials
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Scientists Make 'Perfect' Nanowires

Scientists have created silicon nanowires that are perfect—at least atomically. Down at the single-atom level, the identical wires have no bumps, bends, or other imperfections. They are perfectly crystalline, even more ...

dateJan 23, 2008 in Nanophysics feature
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Why carbon nanotubes spell trouble for cells

It's been long known that asbestos spells trouble for human cells. Scientists have seen cells stabbed with spiky, long asbestos fibers, and the image is gory: Part of the fiber is protruding from the cell, ...

dateSep 18, 2011 in Bio & Medicine
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