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Magnifying the possibilities: Spider silk is star material in world’s first bio superlens

By Stephanie Liverani / August 23, 2016

For the first time ever, scientists at Bangor and Oxford Universities in the U.K. are using spider silk as a superlens to increase magnification potential, opening up new possibilities to explore structures currently invisible to modern microscopes.

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How much stress can graphene stand? Researchers put material’s plasticity to the test

By Stephanie Liverani / January 22, 2016

To better understand graphene’s potential when it comes to flexible electronics, researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, are testing how graphene layers interact under shear strain.

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Smarter materials for windows lead to innovations in energy efficiency

By Stephanie Liverani / July 24, 2015

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are developing materials that allow windows to let light pass through without transferring heat and, on the flip side, to block out light while allowing heat transmission.

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Self-folding silicon nanostructures mock Venus flytraps to catch single cells

By April Gocha / July 8, 2014

Researchers from The Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have manufactured self-folding, biocompatible, silicon nanostructures—that can capture single live cells in solution.

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Biomedical nanoelectronics get a boost from alumina-protected silicon nanowires

By April Gocha / March 2, 2014

Harvard scientists have synthesized alumina shells on silicon nanowires to protect the wires and vastly extend their lives in biomedical nanoelectronics.

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No pressure: Creating diamond thin films from graphene may be easier than thought

By April Gocha / February 12, 2014

Scientists from Rice University and Russia have developed a phase diagram for the conversion of thin layers of graphene to diamond, which indicate it may be possible to chemically achieve the transition without high pressure.

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Electric current restores function to damaged nanobelts

By / December 7, 2010

After denting the zinc oxide nanobelt with an AFM tip, electric current helped the nanobelts heal and regain much of their function. (Credit: Nano Letters) Xiaodong Li at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and his team of researchers found that applying electric current to zinc oxide nanobelts enable them to “self-heal” from mechanical…

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