Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps
A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems to make the 'ultimate camera pixel'.
Scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery
In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from ...
Researchers inspired by marine life to design camouflage systems (w/ Video)
It could be a fun party trick – put your cell phone down on a table and watch it fade into the woodwork – or part of a lifesaving technology used by industry or the military.
Recycling old batteries into solar cells
This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries—a potential source of lead pollution—into new, long-lasting solar panels ...
'Trojan horse' gold nanoparticles treatment could beat brain tumors
A "Trojan horse" treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer, which involves using tiny nanoparticles of gold to kill tumour cells, has been successfully tested by scientists.
Bioengineering team builds molecular motors to further the study of cell function
(Phys.org) —In every cell in your body, tiny protein motors are toiling away to keep you going. Moving muscles, dividing cells, twisting DNA – they are the workhorses of biology. But there is still uncertainty ...
LEDs made from 'wonder material' perovskite
(Phys.org) —Colourful LEDs made from a material known as perovskite could lead to LED displays which are both cheaper and easier to manufacture in future.
New tools advance bio-logic: Researchers build more sophisticated synthetic gene circuits
(Phys.org) —Researchers at Rice University and the University of Kansas Medical Center are making genetic circuits that can perform more complex tasks by swapping protein building blocks.
Knowing what to keep and what to trash: How an enzyme distinguishes cellular messages
Every once in a while, we are forced to sort that stack of papers on the kitchen counter. Interspersed between the expired coupons and dozens of takeout menus are important documents like your car insurance ...
Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells
(Phys.org) —A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity.
A better understanding of cell to cell communication
Researchers of the ISREC Institute at the School of Life Sciences, EPFL, have deciphered the mechanism whereby some microRNAs are retained in the cell while others are secreted and delivered to neighboring ...
Vault nanoparticles show promise for cancer treatment and possible HIV cure
(Phys.org) —A multidisciplinary team of scientists from UCLA and Stanford University has used a naturally occurring nanoparticle called a vault to create a novel drug delivery system that could lead to ...
Calcium and reproduction go together
Everyone's heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized. The fertilization process for flowering plants is particularly complex and requires extensive communication ...
Some anti-inflammatory drugs affect more than their targets
Researchers have discovered that three commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, alter the activity of enzymes within cell membranes. Their finding suggests that, if taken at higher-than-approved ...