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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Provide Two-Way Communication with Neurons

March 25, 2015

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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Make Superior Links to Brain

New research from Rice University reveals that carbon nanotube fibers provide a two-way connection with neurons and show promise for treating patients with neurological disorders. Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation […]

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Researchers Develop a Better Method for Making Perovskite Solar Cells

March 23, 2015

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Faster, Cooler, Thinner, Better Perovskite Solar Cells

Using perovskite, engineers from Brown University have developed a cheap, efficient alternative to silicon-based solar cells. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create […]

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New Technique Offers Direct Stimulation of Neurons Without External Connections

March 13, 2015

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New Technique Could Lead to Long-Lasting Localized Stimulation of Brain Tissue

Using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles, a new technique developed by researchers at MIT could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections. This video shows a calcium ion influx into neurons as a result of magnetothermal excitation with alternating magnetic fields in the presence of magnetic nanoparticles. Neurons on […]

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EPFL Sheds New Light on the Fundamental Mechanisms of Heat Dissipation in Graphene

March 6, 2015

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Fundamental Mechanisms of Heat Dissipation in Graphene

Scientists from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne shed new light on the fundamental mechanisms of heat dissipation in graphene and other two-dimensional materials. In the race to miniaturize electronic components, researchers are challenged with a major problem: the smaller or the faster your device, the more challenging it is to cool it down. One solution […]

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance By Turning Off Drug-Resistance Genes

March 4, 2015

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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

Researchers from MIT have developed a new nanodevice that can defeat drug resistance by turning off the drug resistant gene and then releasing cancer drugs against the disarmed tumors. Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers […]

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3D Graphene Aerogel Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

March 2, 2015

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3D Aerogel Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

New research from Rice University shows that graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells. A team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and chemist James Tour made metal-free aerogels from graphene nanoribbons and various levels of boron and nitrogen to test their electrochemical […]

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Chemical Engineers Design New Self-Healing Hydrogel for Drug Delivery

February 25, 2015

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New Self-healing Nanogel for Drug Delivery

Chemical engineers from MIT have designed a new type of self-healing hydrogel that consists of a mesh network made of two components: nanoparticles made of polymers entwined within strands of another polymer, such as cellulose. Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to […]

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Nanoscale Cage Allows Before-and-After Sequencing of DNA Strand

February 13, 2015

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Nanoscale Cage Could Improve Nanopore Technology

Brown University researchers have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores could be the next big thing in DNA sequencing. By […]

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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of Large-Screen OLED Displays

February 12, 2015

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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of OLED Displays

Based on years of Institute research, MIT spinout Kateeva has developed an “inkjet printing” system that could cut manufacturing costs enough to pave the way for mass-producing flexible and large-screen OLED displays. Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas. Many of […]

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Nano-Antioxidants Quickly Neutralize Superoxides

February 12, 2015

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Study Shows How Particles Quench Damaging Superoxides

A new Rice-led study reveals how nanoparticles can quickly neutralize superoxides that are overexpressed by the body’s cells in response to an injury. Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor […]

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New Technique Extends Duration of Quantum States

January 30, 2015

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New Technique Greatly Extends Duration of Fragile Quantum States

Using a qubit design that employs nitrogen atoms embedded in synthetic diamond, a team of researchers has developed a new technique that greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states. Quantum computers are experimental devices that promise exponential speedups on some computational problems. Where a bit in a classical computer can represent either a 0 or […]

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UC Researchers Make Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015

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Magnetic Graphene

Physicists from the University of California – Riverside have found a way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties. Riverside, California – Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in […]

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New Technique Enlarges Tissue Samples, Making Them Easier to Image

January 16, 2015

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New Technique Enables Nanoscale-Resolution Microscopy

By physically enlarging the specimen itself, researchers from MIT have invented a new way to visualize the nanoscale structure of the brain and other tissues. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of […]

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Rice Engineers Design Flexible and Stackable Laser Induced Graphene Supercapacitors

January 14, 2015

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Rice Scientists Show Vertical Microsupercapacitors with Laser induced Graphene

New research from Rice University details the design and testing of three-dimensional supercapacitors made with laser-induced graphene. Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered last year that […]

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Nanotech Pores Keep Bacteria from Sticking to Surfaces

January 12, 2015

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New Nanotech Pores Keep Bacteria from Sticking to Surfaces

A team of researchers used anodization to create nanoscale pores that change the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal surface, creating a nanoporous surface called alumina that prevents bacteria from attaching to the surface. Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that […]

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Fine-Tuning the Chemistry of Materials

January 9, 2015

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Controlling Chemical Binding Properties Improves Structurally Complex Materials like Concrete

Using sophisticated calculations that show how atomic-level forces affect the mechanical properties of a complex particle-based material, researchers from Rice University reveal new ways to improve the chemistry of materials like concrete to make it less prone to cracking and more suitable for specific applications. Even when building big, every atom matters, according to new […]

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New Drug Delivery Technique Uses Graphene to Deliver Anticancer Drugs

January 6, 2015

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Flying Carpet Technique Uses Graphene to Deliver Anticancer Drugs

Using graphene strips to deliver anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer cells, researchers are able to target the distinct part of the cell where the drug will be most effective. An international team of researchers has developed a drug delivery technique that utilizes graphene strips as “flying carpets” to deliver two anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer […]

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