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Biophysicists reveal how optogenetic tool works
An international research team has for the first time obtained the structure of the light-sensitive sodium-pumping KR2 protein in its active state. (2020-05-28)
A bio-inspired addition to concrete stops the damage caused by freezing and thawing
Concrete is one of the most durable building materials used in modern-day infrastructures, but it has a weakness -- ice -- which can cause it to crumble. (2020-05-27)
Tuning the surface gives variations to metal foils
IBS researchers reported how to give variations to single crystalline metal foils. (2020-05-27)
NUS researchers develop a new library of atomically thin 2D materials
Researchers from the National University of Singapore have created a new collection of atomically thin two-dimensional materials. (2020-05-26)
Lossless conduction at the edges
Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges. (2020-05-25)
Breakthrough in research on production of 2D crystals with excellent optical properties
For the first time, monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides with excellent optical properties were grown. (2020-05-20)
Pretty as a peacock: The gemstone for the next generation of smart sensors
Scientists have taken inspiration from the biomimicry of butterfly wings and peacock feathers to develop an innovative opal-like material that could be the cornerstone of next generation smart sensors. (2020-05-19)
2D molecular crystals modulating electronic properties of organic semiconductors
Recently, researchers report a controllable surface doping strategy utilizing 2D molecular crystals (2DMCs) as dopants to boost the mobility and to modulate the threshold voltage of OFETs. (2020-05-19)
'Tantalizing' clues about why a mysterious material switches from conductor to insulator
Tantalum disulfide is a mysterious material. According to textbook theory, it should be a conducting metal, but in the real world it acts like an insulator. (2020-05-18)
Unlocking the gate to the millisecond CT
Researchers have developed a new multi-beam method for conducting CT scans that improve image quality whilst drastically cutting the required time to one millisecond. (2020-05-14)
Organic small molecule hole-transporting layers toward efficient p-i-n perovskite solar cells
Researchers proposed a concept for designing small-molecule HTL materials with supramolecular interactions and inverse diffusion properties. (2020-05-13)
The makings of a crystal flipper
Hokkaido University scientists have fabricated a crystal that autonomously flips back and forth while changing its flipping patterns in response to lighting conditions. (2020-05-13)
Designing flexible and stretchable single crystal electronic systems
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in collaboration with a Purdue team have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. (2020-05-13)
Chameleon materials: The origin of color variation in low-dimensional perovskites
Some light-emitting diodes (LEDs) created from perovskite, a class of optoelectronic materials, emit light over a broad wavelength range. (2020-05-11)
Chemistry breakthrough could speed up drug development
Scientists have successfully developed a new technique to reliably grow crystals of organic soluble molecules from nanoscale droplets, unlocking the potential of accelerated new drug development. (2020-05-08)
Dendrimers finally have what it takes to break into the laser scene
A team including researchers from the University of Tsukuba has produced a family of dendrimers that form single-crystals and can harvest non-polarized light and transform it into polarized emission. (2020-05-07)
Spin-dependent processes in the 2D material hexagonal boron nitride
Quantum technology was once considered to be something very expensive and available only to the largest research centers. (2020-05-06)
Pure red LEDs fulfill a primary goal
First high-intensity, low-voltage red LEDs made from nitride semiconductors. (2020-05-06)
Research found a new way to make functional materials based on polymers of metal clusters
Researchers at the universities of Jyvaskyla and Xiamen discovered a novel way to make functional macroscopic crystalline materials out of nanometer-size 34-atom silver-gold intermetallic clusters. (2020-05-06)
KIST ensures stability of desalination process with magnesium
A Korean research team found a method to inhibit the fouling of membranes, which are used in the desalination process that removes salt and dissolved substances from seawater to obtain drinking, domestic, and industrial water. (2020-05-04)
Crystal power
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created and tested a single-crystal electrode that promises to yield pivotal discoveries for advanced batteries under development worldwide. (2020-05-04)
Study reveals single-step strategy for recycling used nuclear fuel
A typical nuclear reactor uses only a small fraction of its fuel rod to produce power before the energy-generating reaction naturally terminates. (2020-05-04)
Magnetic pulses alter salmon's orientation, suggesting navigation via magnetite in tissue
Researchers have taken a step closer to solving one of nature's most remarkable mysteries: How do salmon, when it's time to spawn, find their way back from distant ocean locations to the stream where they hatched? (2020-05-02)
Red light for stress
Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo have created a biphasic luminescent material that changes color when exposed to mechanical stress. (2020-05-01)
Rubies on sapphire: Recipe for making crystals in flux
The effect of the holding temperature and solubility curve of rubies was elucidated, for Al2O3:Cr in MoO3 from 1050 to 1200. (2020-05-01)
Pressing 'pause' on nature's crystal symmetry
From snowflakes to quartz, nature's crystalline structures form with a reliable, systemic symmetry. (2020-05-01)
Army researchers see path to quantum computing at room temperature
Army researchers predict quantum computer circuits that will no longer need extremely cold temperatures to function could become a reality after about a decade. (2020-05-01)
Scientists suggest using machine learning to predict materials' properties
Researchers suggested using machine learning methods to predict the properties of artificial sapphire crystals. (2020-04-30)
Scientists use phononic crystals to make dynamic acoustic tweezers
A research team led by Prof. ZHENG Hairong from the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences use phononic crystals to make dynamic acoustic tweezers. (2020-04-30)
Researchers use electrostatic charge to assemble particles into materials mimicking gemstones, salt
Using just electrostatic charge, common microparticles can spontaneously organize themselves into highly ordered crystalline materials -- the equivalent of table salt or opals, according to a new study led by New York University chemists and published in Nature. (2020-04-22)
Chiral crystals blowing off polarized spins: Phenomena detected without magnets
Scientists have discovered that a chiral crystal, which exhibits no magnetism, works as a polarizer of electron spins when the charge current is applied at room temperature in the absence of magnetic field. (2020-04-21)
High-quality boron nitride grown at atmospheric pressure
Graphene Flagship researchers reported a significant step forward in growing monoisotopic hexagonal boron nitride at atmospheric pressure for the production of large and very high-quality crystals. (2020-04-21)
Is the Earth's inner core oscillating and translating anomalously?
A theoretical mineral physics approach based on the ab initio methods was adopted to determine the viscosity of hexagonal, close-packed iron at the extreme pressures and temperatures corresponding to the Earth's inner core. (2020-04-14)
Neutron research: Magnetic monopoles detected in Kagome spin ice systems
Magnetic monopoles are actually impossible. At low temperatures, however, certain crystals can contain so-called quasi-particles that behave like magnetic monopoles. (2020-04-07)
X-rays reveal in situ crystal growth of lead-free perovskite solar panel materials
Lead-based perovskites efficiently turn light into electricity but they also present some major drawbacks: the most efficient materials are not very stable, while lead is a toxic element. (2020-04-06)
Condensed matter: Bethe strings experimentally observed
90 years ago, the physicist Hans Bethe postulated that unusual patterns, so-called Bethe strings, appear in certain magnetic solids. (2020-04-06)
AI finds 2D materials in the blink of an eye
A research team at The University of Tokyo has introduced a machine-learning algorithm that can scan through microscope images to find 2D materials like graphene. (2020-04-01)
Pushing periodic disorder induced phase-matching into deep-ultraviolet spectral region
Phase matching condition is the key criteria for the efficient nonlinear frequency conversion. (2020-03-23)
Sensing internal organ temperature with shining lights
A cheap, biocompatible white powder that luminesces when heated could be used for non-invasively monitoring the temperature of specific organs within the body. (2020-03-23)
Coronavirus SARS-CoV2: BESSY II data accelerate drug development
A coronavirus is keeping the world in suspense. SARS-CoV-2 is highly infectious and can cause severe pneumonia (COVID-19). (2020-03-20)
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