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General Physics Aug 06, 2020

An electrical switch for magnetism

NUS physicists have demonstrated the control of magnetism in a magnetic semiconductor via electrical means, paving the way for novel spintronic devices.

Analytical Chemistry Aug 05, 2020

Researchers discover new electrocatalyst for turning carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

Catalysts speed up chemical reactions and form the backbone of many industrial processes.  For example, they are essential in transforming heavy oil into gasoline or jet fuel. Today, catalysts are involved in over 80 percent ...

Condensed Matter Aug 05, 2020

Breaking the absorption limit of silicon toward the short-wavelength infrared wavelength range via strain engineering

Silicon is widely used in the microelectronics industry although its photonics applications are restricted to the visible and partial near-infrared spectral range due to its fundamental optical bandgap. Researchers have therefore ...

Nanomaterials Aug 04, 2020

Using viscous metals in micro fibers

EPFL scientists have developed the first micro-structured fibers with a viscous metal inside—a perfect example of what cross-disciplinary teamwork can achieve.

Analytical Chemistry Aug 04, 2020

Finding toxic carcinogenic metals faster in foods and water

Researchers at the University Johannesburg have developed an efficient and more sensitive method to test for dangerous levels of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium and chromium in vegetables and water. The method can be used ...

Molecular & Computational biology Jul 30, 2020

In defence mode: This is how Zika virus protects key parts of its genome

To fight viruses, cells can deploy defense enzymes that progressively destroy viral genome strands starting from one of the two strand ends. However, this degradation mechanism is not effective against epidemic viruses such ...

Biotechnology Jul 28, 2020

Exposure to enzymes causes peculiar response in liquid droplets formed by DNA; new study explains mechanisms behind it

"A watched pot never boils," as the saying goes, but that was not the case for UC Santa Barbara researchers watching a "pot" of liquids formed from DNA. In fact, the opposite happened.

Cell & Microbiology Jul 27, 2020

Not just light: The sensitivity of photoreceptors to mechanical stimuli is unveiled

Thanks to optical tweezers, a new study reveals unexpected properties of the neurons responsible for the transduction of light signals. The research has been published in PLOS Biology.

Bio & Medicine Jul 27, 2020

Developing a new strategy to selectively deliver therapies to the brain

The Innovation Center of NanoMedicine in Japan announced that a new strategy to specifically target to the brain was discovered in collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University ...

Nanophysics Jul 27, 2020

Trapping tiny particles: A versatile tool for nanomanipulation

At just 1/1000th of a millimeter, nanoparticles are impossible to see with the naked eye. But, despite being small, they're extremely important in many ways. If scientists want to take a close look at DNA, proteins, or viruses, ...

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