Rational design can improve hydrogen fuel cell efficiency
Chemists fabricate 'impossible' material
Physicists investigate structural properties of spider webs
Chameleon crystals could enable active camouflage (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —The ability to control crystals with light and chemistry could lead to chameleon-style color-changing camouflage for vehicle bodies and other surfaces.
Particle accelerator that can fit on a tabletop opens new chapter for science research
Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long ...
Engineers' nanoantennas improve infrared sensing
(Phys.org) —A team of University of Pennsylvania engineers has used a pattern of nanoantennas to develop a new way of turning infrared light into mechanical action, opening the door to more sensitive infrared ...
Secret of efficient photosynthesis: Purple bacteria's light-harvesting prowess lies in highly symmetrical molecules
Purple bacteria are among Earth's oldest organisms, and among its most efficient in turning sunlight into usable chemical energy. Now, a key to their light-harvesting prowess has been explained through a detailed structural ...
Bioengineering team creates self-forming tetrahedron protein
Propylene oxide: Light may recast copper as chemical industry 'holy grail'
Wouldn't it be convenient if you could reverse the rusting of your car by shining a bright light on it? It turns out that this concept works for undoing oxidation on copper nanoparticles, and it could lead to an environmentally ...
Computer simulations yield clues to how cells interact with surroundings
(Phys.org) —Your cells are social butterflies. They constantly interact with their surroundings, taking in cues on when to divide and where to anchor themselves, among other critical tasks.
Physicists use metamaterials to observe giant photonic spin Hall effect
(Phys.org) —Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have once again demonstrated the incredible capabilities of metamaterials – artificial ...
Researchers synthesize negative-charge carrying molecular structures that can be a boost to future electronics devices
(Phys.org) —University of Oregon chemists have synthesized organic molecular structures that move both positive and negative electrical charges—a highly desired but often difficult combination to achieve ...
Reversible assembly leads to tiny encrypted messages
(Phys.org) —Hidden in a tiny tile of interwoven DNA is a message. The message is simple, but decoding it unlocks the secret of dynamic nanoscale assembly.
Mapping the living cell: New technique pinpoints protein locations, helping scientists figure out their functions
To get a clear picture of what's happening inside a cell, scientists need to know the locations of thousands of proteins and other molecules. MIT chemists have now developed a technique that can tag all of ...