Novel materials shake ship scum
Just as horses shake off pesky flies by twitching their skin, ships may soon be able to shed the unwanted accumulation of bacteria and other marine growth with the flick of a switch.
Magnetic nano-chessboard puts itself together: Researchers switch the quantum properties of magnetic molecules
Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Pune, India) have managed to 'turn off' the magnetization of every second molecule in an array of magnetized ...
Evolution inspires more efficient solar cell design: Geometric pattern maximizes time light is trapped in solar cell
(Phys.org)—The sun's energy is virtually limitless, but harnessing its electricity with today's single-crystal silicon solar cells is extremely expensive—10 times pricier than coal, according to some ...
New method of producing nanomagnets for information technology
An international team of researchers has found a new method of producing molecular magnets. Their thin layer systems made of cobalt and an organic material could pave the way for more powerful storage media ...
Nanosponge filters out herbicide poisons
(Phys.org)—New research has demonstrated the potential of a new kind of nanomaterial to filter out environmental toxins in water.
Nanoscale 'Goldilocks' phenomenon could improve biofuel production
(Phys.org)—In a case of the Goldilocks story retold at the molecular level, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and Northwestern University have discovered a ...
Researchers find algal ancestor is key to how deadly pathogens proliferate
Long ago, when life on our planet was in its infancy, a group of small single-celled algae floating in the vast prehistoric ocean swam freely by beating whip-like tails, called flagella. It's a relatively unremarkable tale, ...
Alternative to fullerenes in organic solar cells—just as exciting
An insight into the properties of fullerene is set to open the door to a new class of electronic acceptors which can be used to build better and cheaper organic solar cells.
Cork the key to unlocking the potential of graphene
Scientists have taken inspiration from one of the oldest natural materials to exploit the extraordinary qualities of graphene, a material set to revolutionise fields from computers and batteries to composite ...
Researchers document new species of carnivorous sponge (w/ Video)
Scientists discover possible building blocks of ancient genetic systems
Scientists believe that prior to the advent of DNA as the earth's primary genetic material, early forms of life used RNA to encode genetic instructions. What sort of genetic molecules did life rely on before RNA?
Well-ordered nanorods could improve LED displays
Scientists have utilized the imaging capabilities of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to help develop enhanced light-emitting diode displays using bottom-up engineering methods.
Researchers use magnets to cause programmed cancer cell deaths
Research yields promising breakthrough in solar cells based on nanocarbon
(Phys.org)—An exciting advance in solar cell technology developed at the University of Kansas has produced the world's most efficient photovoltaic cells made from nanocarbons, materials that have the potential to dramatically ...