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Researchers one step closer to understanding deadly facial tumor in Tasmanian devils
New findings in research funded by Morris Animal Foundation offer valuable insight on how to fight devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) that has resulted in a catastrophic decline in wild Tasmanian devils. (2017-05-04)

Nanoimprinted hyperlens array: Paving the way for practical super-resolution imaging
Research conducted by Professor Junsuk Rho's team at POSTECH, South Korea, has demonstrated a scalable and reliable fabrication process of a large scale hyperlens device based on direct pattern transfer techniques. The research team's new cost-effective fabrication method can be used to proliferate practical far-field and real-time super-resolution imaging devices that can be widely used in optics, biology, medical science, nanotechnology, and other related interdisciplinary fields. This achievement has been published in Scientific Reports. (2017-04-21)

Sound-shaping super-material invented
A super-material that bends, shapes and focuses sound waves that pass through it has been invented by scientists. (2017-02-27)

'Lossless' metamaterial could boost efficiency of lasers and other light-based devices
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a material that could reduce signal losses in photonic devices. The advance has the potential to boost the efficiency of various light-based technologies including fiber optic communication systems, lasers and photovoltaics. (2017-02-17)

ANU scientists make new high-tech liquid materials
Scientists at The Australian National University have controlled wave-generated currents to make previously unimaginable liquid materials for new technological innovations, including techniques to manipulate micro-organisms. (2017-02-09)

Cancer survivors find online and phone communication with medical professionals beneficial
Coinciding with World Cancer Day (Feb. 4), researchers from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey have completed the first ever systematic review of cancer survivors' experience of online and telephone telehealth interventions in cancer care, a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research reports. (2017-02-02)

A new invisibility cloak to conceal objects in diffusive atmospheres is devised
Researchers at the Public University of Navarre (NUP/UPNA) and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have come up with a new invisibility cloak capable of concealing objects in diffusive atmospheres, not just in permanent light, made possible by the cloaks developed so far, but also in any kind of light. Their work, which establishes the bases to render undetectable, for example, a plane in the fog or a submarine in the sea (2017-01-20)

Bacterial Pac Man molecule snaps at sugar
Many pathogens use certain sugar compounds from their host to help conceal themselves against the immune system. Scientists at the University of Bonn have now, in cooperation with researchers at the University of York in the United Kingdom, analyzed the dynamics of a bacterial molecule that is involved in this process. They demonstrate that the protein grabs onto the sugar molecule with a Pac Man-like chewing motion and holds it until it can be used. (2017-01-10)

Now you see it, now you don't
University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a cloaking device for microscopic photonic integrated devices -- the building blocks of photonic computer chips that run on light instead of electrical current -- in an effort to make future chips smaller, faster and consume much less power. (2016-11-09)

Mutational tug of war over HIV's disease-inducing potential
A study from Emory AIDS researchers shows how the expected disease severity when someone is newly infected by HIV reflects a balance between the virus' invisibility to the host's immune system and its ability to reproduce. (2016-08-23)

In the ocean, clever camouflage beats super sight
Some fish blend seamlessly into their watery surroundings with help from their silvery reflective skin. Researchers have long assumed that squid, shrimp and other ocean animals could see through this disguise, thanks to an ability to detect a property of light -- called polarization -- that humans can't see. But a new study finds that not even polarization vision helps animals spot silvery fish from afar. (2016-08-22)

Lawrence Livermore collects funds for solar power improvement
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with Giant Leap Technologies, received $1.75 million Thursday from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to improve solar power efficiency. (2016-07-28)

Scientists move 1 step closer to creating an invisibility cloak
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have made an object disappear by using a material with nano-size particles that can enhance specific properties on the object's surface. (2016-07-15)

Researchers determine fundamental limits of invisibility cloaks
The researchers' theory confirms that it is possible to use cloaks to perfectly hide an object for a specific wavelength, but hiding an object from an illumination containing different wavelengths becomes more challenging as the size of the object increases. (2016-07-05)

Superheroes are real
Scientists demonstrated the effect of the all-optical switching between streams of photons using non-linear metamaterials. The Lomonosov Moscow State University staff planned the whole study, conducted calculations and experiments, while their German colleagues made samples of metamaterials. (2016-06-23)

Roland Wiesendanger and Xiang Zhang awarded Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics 2016
This year's Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics for outstanding research in materials science and its applications will be awarded to Roland Wiesendanger (Hamburg) and Xiang Zhang (Berkeley, Calif.). The award, accompanied by US$ 5,000, will be presented to the scientists at the Haus der Patriotischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg on May 27, 2016, during the Julius Springer Forum on Applied Physics. (2016-05-12)

Bisexual and questioning young women more susceptible to depression, Drexel study finds
Looking into the differences in mental health symptoms experienced by those in the LGBQ community, a team from Drexel's Department of Couple and Family Therapy found key disparities in the risks faced by certain groups. (2016-05-05)

Care disparities for Hispanic Medicare Advantage enrollees in Puerto Rico
Hispanic Medicare Advantage enrollees on the US island territory of Puerto Rico received worse care compared with Hispanics in the United States (the 50 states and Washington, D.C.), according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-04-25)

Iowa State engineers develop flexible skin that traps radar waves, cloaks objects
Iowa State engineers have developed a 'meta-skin' that uses liquid-metal technology to trap radar waves and cloak objects from detection. By stretching the flexible meta-skin, the device can be tuned to reduce the reflection of a wide range of radar frequencies. (2016-03-07)

Scientific education through films?
Magic swords, wands, cauldrons and cloaks of invisibility do not exist in reality. In contrast, it is possible that scenarios like crashed aircrafts looming out of the mists of an alien planet, patients being snatched from the jaws of death by a risky medical breakthrough, or smug murderers who are betrayed by a few molecules left at the scene of crime are part of our current or future reality. (2016-01-28)

UNC-Chapel Hill researchers kill drug-resistant lung cancer with 50 times less chemo
The cancer drug paclitaxel just got more effective. For the first time, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have packaged it in containers derived from a patient's own immune system, protecting the drug from being destroyed by the body's own defenses and bringing the entire payload to the tumor. (2016-01-14)

Invisibility cloak might enhance efficiency of solar cells
Success of the energy turnaround will depend decisively on the extended use of renewable energy sources. However, their efficiency partly is much smaller than that of conventional energy sources. The efficiency of commercially available photovoltaic cells, for instance, is about 20 percent. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have now published an unconventional approach to increasing the efficiency of the panels. Optical invisibility cloaks guide sunlight around objects that cast shadows on the solar panel. (2015-09-30)

Making 3-D objects disappear
Berkeley researchers have devised an ultra-thin invisibility 'skin' cloak that can conform to the shape of an object and conceal it from detection with visible light. Although this cloak is only microscopic in size, the principles behind the technology should enable it to be scaled-up to conceal macroscopic items as well. (2015-09-17)

Now you see it: An ultra-thin invisibility cloak
Researchers have made a small object disappear using an ultra-thin invisibility cloak, a new study reports. (2015-09-17)

Magnetic wormhole connecting 2 regions of space created for the first time
Scientists in the Department of Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona have designed and created in the laboratory the first experimental wormhole that can connect two regions of space magnetically. This consists of a tunnel that transfers the magnetic field from one point to the other while keeping it undetectable -- invisible -- all the way. (2015-09-03)

Women in mostly male workplaces exhibit psychological stress response
Today's workforce is highly sex-segregated -- for example, most elementary school teachers are women, while most chemistry professors are men. Indiana University researchers examine one important consequence of this occupational sex segregation: the stress exposure of women working in highly male-dominated occupations. (2015-08-24)

Novel material design for undistorted light waves
Material which have the ability to locally amplify or absorb light waves are being developed. Theoretical calculations show that such materials can have remarkable properties. They can be designed in such a way that light passes through without being distorted. (2015-08-10)

Are invisibility cloaks possible? (video)
Have you ever wished you could hide under an invisibility cloak like Harry Potter or conceal your car with a Klingon cloaking device like in Star Trek? In a special Thursday bonus episode of Reactions, we celebrate the International Year of Light by exploring the science behind light, sight and invisibility. Though we can't make ourselves invisible yet, some promising research may light the way -- or rather, bend the light away. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/sN70Bgm_PAQ. (2015-07-23)

The secret to the sea sapphire's colors -- and invisibility (video)
Sapphirina, or sea sapphire, has been called 'the most beautiful animal you've never seen,' and it could be one of the most magical. Some of the tiny, little-known copepods appear to flash in and out of brilliantly colored blue, violet or red existence. Now scientists are figuring out the trick to their hues and their invisibility. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and could inspire the next generation of optical technologies. (2015-07-15)

Engineers give invisibility cloaks a slimmer design
Researchers have designed a new cloaking device that overcomes some of the limitations of existing 'invisibility cloaks.' In a new study, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have designed a cloaking device that is both thin and does not alter the brightness of light around a hidden object. The technology behind this cloak will have more applications than invisibility, such as concentrating solar energy and increasing signal speed in optical communications. (2015-07-07)

Seeing a single photon, new exoplanet search, quantum space network at 2015 DAMOP Meeting
The American Physical Society's 2015 Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics meeting focuses on fundamental research and novel technical applications involving atoms, simple molecules, electrons and light, and their interactions. Among the research being presented this year are a new way to search for Earth-size exoplanets, testing the limits of human vision, better invisibility cloaks and advances that may lead to a quantum network in space. (2015-06-01)

Electrons corralled using new quantum tool
Researchers have succeeded in creating a new 'whispering gallery' effect for electrons in a sheet of graphene -- making it possible to precisely control a region that reflects electrons within the material. They say the accomplishment could provide a basic building block for new kinds of electronic lenses, as well as quantum-based devices that combine electronics and optics. (2015-05-07)

No Hogwarts invitation required: Invisibility cloaks move into the real-life classroom
A group of researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in Karlsruhe, Germany, has developed a portable invisibility cloak that can be taken into classrooms and used for demonstrations. It can't hide a human, but it can make small objects disappear from sight without specialized equipment. (2015-04-30)

Scientists create the sensation of invisibility
In a study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, a team of neuroscientists now reports a perceptual illusion of having an invisible body, and show that the feeling of invisibility changes our physical stress response in challenging social situations. (2015-04-23)

UT Arlington nano-project seeks to uncover new materials, processes
A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher will use a National Science Foundation grant to discover as-yet-unknown materials that will provide better imaging, compute faster or make communications more secure. (2015-04-22)

Scientists create invisible objects without metamaterial cloaking
Physicists from ITMO University, Ioffe Institute, and Australian National University managed to make homogenous cylindrical objects completely invisible in the microwave range. Contrary to the now prevailing notion of invisibility that relies on metamaterial coatings, the scientists achieved the result using a homogenous object without any additional coating layers. The method is based on a new understanding of electromagnetic wave scattering. The results of the study were published in Scientific Reports. (2015-04-13)

Squid-inspired 'invisibility stickers' could help soldiers evade detection in the dark
Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending flawlessly into their backgrounds so that unsuspecting prey can't detect them. Using a protein that's key to this process, scientists have designed 'invisibility stickers' that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras. They present their work today at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. (2015-03-23)

'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across continuous range of angles
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways -- some simple and some involving new technologies -- to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. (2014-11-19)

Ph.D. designs new devices based on metamaterials
Víctor Torres Landivar, telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials; he achieved the first experimental demonstration ever with epsilon-near-zero metamaterials. (2014-10-22)

Tailored flexible illusion coatings hide objects from detection
Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to Penn State electrical engineers. (2014-10-13)

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