Crystal cantilever lifts objects 600 times its own weight (w/ Video)
Detecting extraterrestrial life using mechanical nanosensors
Looking for life on other planets is not straightforward. It usually relies on chemical detection, which might be limited or even completely irrelevant to alien biology. On the other hand, motion is a trait ...
Researchers turn photons into work using DNA
Nanometer-scale diamond tips improve nano-manufacturing
(Phys.org)—One of the most promising innovations of nanotechnology has been the ability to perform rapid nanofabrication using nanometer-scale tips. The fabrication speed can be dramatically increased by ...
Scientists Measure Differences Between Normal and Cancer Cell Surfaces
Harvesting Energy from Natural Motion: Magnets, Cantilever Capture Wide Range of Frequencies
(PhysOrg.com) -- By taking advantage of the vagaries of the natural world, Duke University engineers have developed a novel approach that they believe can more efficiently harvest electricity from the motions ...
Making a mini Mona Lisa
The world's most famous painting has now been created on the world's smallest canvas. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have "painted" the Mona Lisa on a substrate surface approximately 30 ...
Gold and silver nanowires bond naturally, stay strong
(PhysOrg.com) -- Welding uses heat to join pieces of metal in everything from circuits to skyscrapers. But Rice University researchers have found a way to beat the heat on the nanoscale.
Researchers develop fast, sensitive nanophotonic motion sensor developed for silicon microdevices
(Phys.org)—Using a microscopic optical sensor that can be batch-fabricated on a silicon chip at low cost, researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have measured the mechanical ...
UK scientists develop optimum piezoelectric energy harvesters
Scientists working as part of the Metrology for Energy Harvesting Project have developed a new model to deliver the maximum power output for piezoelectric energy harvesters.
A Little Less Force: Making Atomic Force Microscopy Work for Cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists with Berkeley Lab?s Molecular Foundry have developed a nanowire-based imaging technique by which atomic force microscopy could be used to study biological cells and other soft ...
World’s first diamond nanoelectromechanical switch
Japanese researchers have succeeded in the batch fabrication of suspended structures (cantilevers and bridges) of single crystal diamond for nano/micro electromechanical systems.
Chemistry researchers closing in on new atomic force microscope
(Phys.org) —A high-power atomic force microscope that could revolutionize the study of materials at high temperatures and pressures is coming into focus in a Wright State University lab.