Research advances emerging DNA sequencing technology

Nanopore technology shows promise for making it possible to develop small, portable, inexpensive devices that can sequence DNA in real time. One of the challenges, however, has been to make the technology more accurate.

Bubble with titanium triggers titanic explosions

Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova. This discovery, made with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, could be a major step in pinpointing exactly how some giant stars explode.

Actor in a supporting role: Substrate effects on 2D layers

Atomically thin layers are of great technological interest because of potentially useful electronic properties that emerge as the layer thickness approaches the 2D limit. Such materials tend to form weak bonds outside the ...

Titanium dioxide stars in research at Cracow synchrotron

Few compounds are as important to industry and medicine today as titanium dioxide. Despite the variety and popularity of its applications, many issues related to the surface structure of materials made of this compound and ...

Physicists develop new material for water desalination

Titanium dioxide nanoparticles with gold absorb about 96% of the solar spectrum and turn it into heat. The material can accelerate the evaporation in desalination plants up to 2.5 times and can track hazardous molecules and ...

Tuning tubes for better catalysts

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has considerable power as a photocatalyst—a material that captures light energy to accelerate chemical reactions that are otherwise difficult to achieve. One of its most promising applications is ...

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