New nanotech invention improves effectiveness of the 'penicillin of cancer'
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have added a new weapon to oncologists' arsenal of anti-cancer therapies.
Mobile phones come alive with the sound of music, thanks to nanogenerators
Charging mobile phones with sound, like chants from at football ground, could become a reality, according to a new collaboration between scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Nokia.
Water's reaction with metal oxides opens doors for researchers
A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world's most common substances interact.
Boosting microelectronics with a little liquid logic
Certain titanium-based metal oxides can form a crystal structure known as perovskite that results in a subtle internal imbalance of electric charges. This imbalance gives the material the ability to flip ...
Bioinspired catalyst splits water
Plants use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen. The process starts in a cluster of manganese, calcium and oxygen atoms at the heart of a protein complex called photosystem ...
Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
Pele. Her name brings visions of fire, lightning, wind—and volcanoes. Of the ancient Hawaiian goddesses, Pele, the "lady in the red dress," is the best known.
Researchers boost insect aggression by altering brain metabolism
Scientists report they can crank up insect aggression simply by interfering with a basic metabolic pathway in the insect brain. Their study, of fruit flies and honey bees, shows a direct, causal link between ...
Stronger, better solar cells: Graphene research on the cusp of new energy capabilities
(Phys.org) —There remains a lot to learn on the frontiers of solar power research, particularly when it comes to new advanced materials which could change how we harness energy.
The perfect atom sandwich requires an extra layer
(Phys.org) —Like the perfect sandwich, a perfectly engineered thin film for electronics requires not only the right ingredients, but also just the right thickness of each ingredient in the desired order, ...
Unexpected phenomenon discovered at the surface of a transition metal oxide material
(Phys.org) —An international team of scientists, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists J. D. Burton and Evgeny Tsymbal, has discovered what they called an intriguing and entirely unexpected ...
Tough foam from tiny sheets
Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University.
Existence of two-dimensional nanomaterial silicene questioned
Sometimes, scientific findings can shake the foundations of what was once held to be true, causing us to step back and re-examine our basic assumptions.
The heart of an astronaut, five years on
The heart of an astronaut is a much-studied thing. Scientists have analyzed its blood flow, rhythms, atrophy and, through journal studies, even matters of the heart. But for the first time, researchers are ...
Climate: Meat turns up the heat
Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions ...