Harnessing the possibilities of the nanoworld

Scientists have long suspected that the way materials behave on the nanoscale – that is when particles have dimensions of about 1–100 nanometres – is different from how they behave on any other scale. A new paper in ...

Outsourcing crystal growth... to space

Sometimes, distance can lend a new perspective to a problem. For Japanese researchers studying protein crystal growth, that distance was 250 miles up—the altitude at which the International Space Station (ISS) orbits the ...

Step tsunamis wash away crystal impurity effects

Under laboratory conditions, mineral growth is a well understood physical process, and has been for a number of decades. In nature however, outside of the controlled confines of a lab, mineral formation is far more complex ...

New capability takes sensor fabrication to a new level

Operators must continually monitor conditions in power plants to assure they are operating safely and efficiently. Researchers on the Sensors and Controls Team at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory can now fabricate ...

Why crystals could be the shape of future pharmaceuticals

Scientists from across the UK and Europe are working together to build a better understanding of the chemical processes behind the creation of crystals with the aim of developing new ways to produce pharmaceuticals.

Crystal studies reveal malaria's weak spots

(Phys.org)—The World Health Organization's 2014 report on worldwide malaria cases showed that while there has been a significant decrease in the incidence of malaria, overall, there were still 198 million cases reported ...

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