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Method to measure the migration of carbon atoms on the surface of graphene

University of Vienna researchers measured the migration of carbon atoms on the surface of graphene. Although the atoms move too quickly to be directly observed with an electron microscope, their effect on the stability of the material can now be determined indirectly while the material is heated on a microscopic hot plate.

Boron nitride nanotube fibers get real

Rice University researchers created the first boron nitride nanotube fibers using the custom wet-spinning process they developed to make carbon nanotube fibers. Boron nitride nanotubes assemble themselves into liquid crystals under the right conditions, primarily concentrations above 170 parts per million by weight in chlorosulfonic acid.

When the world of nanotechnology and microbreweries meet

Researchers at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique and École de technologie supérieure showed that microbrewery waste can be used as a carbon source to synthesize quantum dots.

Microscopy technique enables 3D super-resolution nanometer-scale imaging

Researchers led by University of Göttingen, including the University of Würzburg and the Center for Cancer Research in the U.S., investigated a super-resolution imaging technique that involves combining the advantages of two different methods to achieve the same resolution in all three dimensions.


Modern wind turbines can more than compensate for decline in global wind resource

Researchers at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg found that the efficiency of the global wind turbine fleet could increase by as much as 23.5% by 2035, assuming favorable climate trends, if the use of wind energy were optimized.

Scientists develop 18.95%-efficient flexible perovskite solar panels

Researchers at France’s National Solar Energy Institute developed photovoltaic modules with an area of 11.6 square centimeters for indoor applications. They say the achieved efficiency level marks a world record for a flexible perovskite device larger than 10 square centimeters.


Novel patching material for bone defects

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University discovered a bioresponsive ceramic that interacts with an enzyme found in blood to be absorbed into the body at a precise and predictable rate.


Decarbonizing the glass industry: the role of refractory solutions

In a Glass International article, Michel Gaubil and Mélanie Allen-Larut of Saint-Gobain SEFPRO discuss how high-quality refractories can help glassmakers achieve the challenge of carbon-neutrality.


New ultrathin capacitor could enable energy-efficient microchips

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley developed a pathway for creating films of barium titanate just 25 nanometers thick, whose polarization switches as quickly and efficiently as in the bulk version.

Researchers derive new theory on behavior of new class of materials

Researchers led by University of Illinois Grainger College of Engineering derived the governing equations that describe and explain the macroscopic mechanical behavior of elastomers filled with liquid inclusions directly in terms of their microscopic behavior.

Can robotics help us achieve sustainable development?

An international team of scientists led by University of Leeds assessed how robotics and autonomous systems might facilitate or impede delivery of UN Sustainable Development Goals. Despite identifying emerging threats, participants indicated the impact would likely be overwhelmingly positive.

World’s largest liquid mirror telescope ready to observe

Located at the Devasthal Observatory in India’s Himalayas, the four-meter International Liquid Mirror Telescope is the first liquid telescope to be built specifically for astronomy. The mirror is made from a thin layer of liquid mercury that floats on 10 microns of compressed air and rotates every eight seconds.

Barry Art Museum to receive major gift of the Waitzer Glass Collection

The Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University announced a major gift from the Leah and Richard Waitzer Foundation. The late Leah and Richard Waitzer’s art glass acquisitions consist of 165 works in 20th-century and contemporary glass sculpture. The gift will more than double the Museum’s holdings in glass.