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Simple, Effective Method to Untangle DNA

Simple, Effective Method to Untangle DNA

Researchers have long sought an efficient way to untangle DNA in order to study its structure – neatly unraveled and straightened out – under a microscope. Now, chemists and engineers at KU Leuven, in Belgium, have devised a strikingly simple and effective solution: they inject genetic material into a droplet of water and use a pipet tip to drag it over a glass plate covered with a sticky polymer. The droplet rolls like a ball over the plate, sticking the DNA to the plate surface. The unraveled DNA can then be studied under a microscope. The researchers described the technique in the journal ACS Nano. [More]
Garden Center Spider Could Inspire New Way to Make Nanofibers

Garden Center Spider Could Inspire New Way to Make Nanofibers

A spider commonly found in garden centres in Britain is giving fresh insights into how to spin incredibly long and strong fibres just a few nanometres thick. [More]
Cryo-Electron Tomography Reveals Internal Structure of Ultra-Small Bacteria

Cryo-Electron Tomography Reveals Internal Structure of Ultra-Small Bacteria

Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The research was led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley. The existence of ultra-small bacteria has been debated for two decades, but there hasn't been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now. [More]
Hierarchical Auxetic Metamaterials with More Versatile Mechanical Properties

Hierarchical Auxetic Metamaterials with More Versatile Mechanical Properties

Wake up in the morning and stretch; your midsection narrows. Pull on a piece of plastic at separate ends; it becomes thinner. So does a rubber band. One might assume that when a force is applied along an axis, materials will always stretch and become thinner. Wrong. Thanks to their peculiar internal geometry, auxetic materials grow wider when stretched. [More]
High-Resolution Structural Analysis Reveals 3D Nanoarchitecture of Photonic Structures in Limpet’s Shells

High-Resolution Structural Analysis Reveals 3D Nanoarchitecture of Photonic Structures in Limpet’s Shells

The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Canary Islands. These diminutive organisms — as small as a fingernail — might escape notice entirely, if not for a very conspicuous feature: bright blue dotted lines that run in parallel along the length of their translucent shells. Depending on the angle at which light hits, a limpet’s shell can flash brilliantly even in murky water. [More]
Molecules Caged Within 2D Nanopores

Molecules Caged Within 2D Nanopores

High performance materials for gas storage, thermal insulators or nanomachines need a thorough understanding of the behavior of the material down to the molecular level. Thermodynamics, which have been developed two hundred years ago to increase the efficiency of steam engines, typically observes and averages over a large number of molecules. Now a team of scientists has developed a methodology, to investigate the equilibrium thermodynamics of single molecules. [More]
Groundbreaking X-Ray Microscope at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe Beamline

Groundbreaking X-Ray Microscope at the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe Beamline

Delivering the capability to image nanostructures and chemical reactions down to nanometer resolution requires a new class of x-ray microscope that can perform precision microscopy experiments using ultra-bright x-rays from the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. [More]
2D-NANOLATTICES Project Makes Further Progress Towards Miniaturisation of Nanoelectronics

2D-NANOLATTICES Project Makes Further Progress Towards Miniaturisation of Nanoelectronics

A European research project has made an important step towards the further miniaturisation of nanoelectronics, using a highly-promising new material called silicene. Its goal: to make devices of the future vastly more powerful and energy efficient. [More]
Trends and Forecast Report on Global Life Science Microscopy Devices Market

Trends and Forecast Report on Global Life Science Microscopy Devices Market

Microscopes have enabled researchers to conduct in-depth academic and exploratory research. Increasing interest in life science areas such as nanoscience, and pharmacology and toxicology has created a need for advanced microscopes employing mediums much more penetrative than light i.e., electron, X-ray, etc. [More]
Mobile World Congress 2015: InvenSense to Exhibit Sensing Everything MEMS Sensor Solutions

Mobile World Congress 2015: InvenSense to Exhibit Sensing Everything MEMS Sensor Solutions

InvenSense, Inc. the leading provider of intelligent sensor system on chip (SoC) for Motion and Sound, will showcase the company’s latest Sensing Everything™ innovations for Mobile, Smart Home, Wearable, Industrial, and Automotive segments in booth #D61 in Hall 7 at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5, 2015. [More]
Cadence’s Solutions Help Brite Semiconductor Achieve Better Results for 28nm SOC Designs

Cadence’s Solutions Help Brite Semiconductor Achieve Better Results for 28nm SOC Designs

Cadence Design Systems, Inc., today announced that Brite Semiconductor Corporation, used Cadence® digital implementation and signoff tools to complete four 28nm system-on-chip (SoC) designs and reduced their time to market by three weeks compared to previous design methodologies. By using Cadence tools, Brite Semiconductor was also able to increase performance by up to 20 percent and reduce power consumption by up to 10 percent on these designs. [More]
Rice University Scientist Recognized for Contributions to Nanophotonics Field

Rice University Scientist Recognized for Contributions to Nanophotonics Field

The Welch Foundation today awarded its prestigious Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research to Rice University scientist Stephan Link, who was named this year’s “rising star” for his pioneering contributions to the emerging field of nanophotonics. [More]
Frost & Sullivan’s New Analysis Discusses Innovations in Nanomanufacturing

Frost & Sullivan’s New Analysis Discusses Innovations in Nanomanufacturing

Technological advancements have revolutionized the manufacturing sector, giving birth to effective, inexpensive and compact yet powerful solutions. This evolution has encouraged researchers to build small-scale, potent devices, lending momentum to the development of nanomanufacturing. [More]

N1 Technologies Files for Patent on Nano-Engineered Lithium Tungsten Battery

The directors and management of N1 Technologies Inc. has filed for a patent on their revolutionary nano engineered Lithium Tungsten Battery. The patent improves upon the current lithium ion battery technology by adding T... [More]
Researchers Demonstrate Breakthrough Nanoparticle Manufacturing Process Capable of Producing Multilayered, Precise Shapes

Researchers Demonstrate Breakthrough Nanoparticle Manufacturing Process Capable of Producing Multilayered, Precise Shapes

By making what might be the world's smallest three-dimensional unofficial Block "M," University of Michigan researchers have demonstrated a nanoparticle manufacturing process capable of producing multilayered, precise shapes. [More]

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