Unique polymer fibres that are strong, tough and light as a feather

Strong and tough yet as light as a feather – materials with this exceptional combination of properties are urgently needed in many industrial sectors and in medicine, as well as being of great interest for scientific research. A research team from the University of Bayreuth has now developed polymer fibres with precisely these properties. Together

Unique polymer fibres that are strong, tough and light as a feather

New atomic sensors could lead to a new generation of smart materials

Scientists at Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley convert diamonds’ atomic flaws into atomic sensors with front-row seats to a quantum world of materials under extreme pressure Since their invention more than 60 years ago, diamond anvil cells have made it possible for scientists to recreate extreme phenomena – such as the crushing pressures deep inside the Earth’s

New atomic sensors could lead to a new generation of smart materials

A significant new frontier in medical diagnostics: “Fingerprinting” individual human cells

Researchers have developed a method that allows them to identify single cells with a unique genomic profile from a tissue sample. Researchers say a new method to analyse data from individual human cells could be a step-change for diagnosing some of the most devastating diseases, including cancer and autoimmune disease. By combining single cell analysis

A significant new frontier in medical diagnostics: “Fingerprinting” individual human cells

Have we found the neural circuit that regulates alcohol consumption?

The UNC School of Medicine lab of Zoe McElligott, PhD, found that alcohol consumption is regulated by the activity of a particular set of neurons in a specific brain region, a discovery that could lead to a better understanding of why some casual drinkers develop an alcohol use disorder. Scientists have known that a region

Have we found the neural circuit that regulates alcohol consumption?

Detecting blocked arteries early using nanoparticles could save a LOT of lives

New nanotechnology will allow detection of blocked arteries more effectively than ever before Heart disease and stroke are the world’s two most deadly diseases, causing over 15 million deaths in 2016 according to the World Health Organization. A key underlying factor in both of these global health crises is the common condition, atherosclerosis, or the

Detecting blocked arteries early using nanoparticles could save a LOT of lives

Could solar cell windows be on the way by punching holes in regular solar cells?

Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent. Existing transparent solar cells tend to have a reddish hue and lower efficiency, but by punching holes that are around 100 ?m in diameter (comparable in size to a human hair) on crystalline silicon wafers, it allows

Could solar cell windows be on the way by punching holes in regular solar cells?

Sugar cube-sized blocks of a new electromagnetic material could transform communication networks

Scientists at the University of Illinois have created sugar cube-sized blocks of an electromagnetic material with potential to transform communication networks. Several countries are building futuristic communication systems using higher frequency electromagnetic waves to transfer more data at faster rates, but they have lacked network components to handle these higher bandwidths. Researcher J. Gary Eden

Sugar cube-sized blocks of a new electromagnetic material could transform communication networks

Using sunlight to convert plastic waste into useful chemicals

Chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a method that could turn plastic waste into valuable chemicals by using sunlight. In lab experiments, the research team mixed plastics with their catalyst in a solvent, which allows the solution to harness light energy and convert the dissolved plastics into formic acid – a

Using sunlight to convert plastic waste into useful chemicals

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