Special microscope shows different anti-icing strategies of plant leaves

When environmental temperatures go below zero, ice crystals are formed on many leaves of evergreen plants. Nevertheless, they usually survive frost phases unharmed. Using a special cryo-scanning electron microscope, researchers… Read more

Rapid production of antibubbles with a jet

University of Twente researchers succeeded in the rapid fabrication of microscopic “antibubbles.” Previous methods to produce these liquid droplets surrounded by an air layer were either lacked controllability or were… Read more

Physicists solve riddle of two-dimensional quasicrystal formation from metal oxides

The structure of two-dimensional titanium oxide breaks up at high temperatures when one adds barium; instead of regular hexagons, rings of four, seven and ten atoms are created that order… Read more

Graphene researchers discover long-term memory in 2D nanofluidic channels

A collaboration between teams from the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester, and the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, demonstrated Hebbian learning in artificial nanochannels, where the… Read more

Physical surface details of mica studied on an atomic scale

At first glance, mica is something quite ordinary: it is a common mineral, found in granite for example, and has been extensively studied from geological, chemical and technical perspectives. Read more

Recyclable mobile phone batteries are a step closer with rust-busting invention

Mobile phone batteries with a lifetime up to three times longer than today’s technology could be a reality thanks to an innovation led by engineers at RMIT University. Read more

Study links nano and macro aspects of everyday force

Without the force called friction, cars would skid off the roadway, humans couldn’t stride down the sidewalk, and objects would tumble off your kitchen counter and onto the floor. Even… Read more

GHz burst mode femtosecond laser pulses can create unique two-dimensional periodic surface nanostructures

Scientists working on laser application at the RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics (RAP) have demonstrated that GHz burst mode femtosecond laser pulses can create unique two-dimensional (2D) laser-induced periodic surface… Read more

Nanotech turns to shark skin and dragonfly wings

Shark skin and dragonfly wings are two of nanotechnology researchers’ favorite things in new studies looking for solutions to maritime and medical mysteries. Read more

In-place manufacturing method improves gas sensor capabilities, production time

When used as wearable medical devices, stretchy, flexible gas sensors can identify health conditions or issues by detecting oxygen or carbon dioxide levels in the breath or sweat. They also… Read more
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