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Public Release: 3-Dec-2014
Biology Letters
Geckos are sticky without effort
Scientists have studied a variety of features in geckos such as the adhesive toe pads on the underside of the feet with which geckos attach to surfaces with remarkable strength. UC Riverside biologists have now conducted experiments in the lab on live and dead geckos that show, for the first time, that dead geckos can adhere to surfaces with the same strength as living geckos. The research could have applications in the field of robotics.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside

Public Release: 3-Dec-2014
RSC Advances
Green meets nano
A doctoral student in materials science at Technische Universitat Darmstadt is making multifunctional nanotubes of gold -- with the help of vitamin C and other harmless substances.

Contact: Silke Paradowski
presse@tu-darmstadt.de
49-615-116-2063
Technische Universitat Darmstadt

Public Release: 3-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Colorful nano-guides to the liver
Jena scientists have been successful in producing highly specific nanoparticles. Depending on the bound dye the particles are guided to the liver or to the kidney and deliver their payload of active ingredients directly to the targeted tissue. Moreover, the dyes enable the tracking of the transport processes by intravital microscopy or, in a non-invasive way, by multi spectral optoacoustic tomography. The reduction of cholesterol production induced by siRNA served as the proof-of-principle for the developed method.

Contact: Axel Burchardt
presse@uni-jena.de
49-364-193-1031
Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena

Public Release: 3-Dec-2014
Nano Letters
Wireless nanorod-nanotube film enables light stimulation of blind retina
Scientists have developed a new light-sensitive film that could one day form the basis of a prosthetic retina to help people suffering from visual impairment. Hebrew University researchers collaborated with Tel Aviv University and Newcastle University colleagues to develop a novel device that absorbs light and stimulates neurons without using wires or external power. Combining semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes, it could potentially form part of a future prosthetic device that replaces damaged retinal cells.
Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, European Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Contact: Dov Smith
dovs@savion.huji.ac.il
972-258-82844
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Public Release: 3-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
Computer model enables design of complex DNA shapes
MIT biological engineers have created a new computer model that allows them to design the most complex three-dimensional DNA shapes ever produced, including rings, bowls, and geometric structures such as icosahedrons that resemble viral particles.
Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation

Contact: Sarah McDonnell
s_mcd@mit.edu
617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
Nano Letters
New technique simultaneously determines nanomaterials' chemical makeup, topography
A team of researchers from the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Ohio University have devised a powerful technique that simultaneously resolves the chemical characterization and topography of nanoscale materials down to the height of a single atom.
Department of Energy

Contact: Tona Kunz
tkunz@anl.gov
630-252-5560
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
Nano Energy
Atmospheric carbon dioxide used for energy storage products
Researchers have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products.

Contact: Xiulei (David) Ji
david.ji@oregonstate.edu
541-737-6798
Oregon State University

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
Nature Communications
A better look at the chemistry of interfaces
SWAPPS -- Standing Wave Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy -- is a new X-ray technique developed at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source that provides sub-nanometer resolution of every chemical element to be found at heterogeneous interfaces, such as those in batteries, fuel cells and other devices.
US Department of Energy Office of Science

Contact: Lynn Yarris
lcyarris@lbl.gov
510-486-5375
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
Nano Letters
Nanotubes may restore sight to blind retinas
Retinal degeneration is one of the most worrisome dangers in the aging process. Now Tel Aviv University researchers have made an important technological breakthrough towards a prosthetic retina that could help alleviate conditions that result from problems with this vital part of the eye.

Contact: George Hunka
ghunka@aftau.org
212-742-9070
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
Journal of Agricultural Economics
Nutrition, safety key to consumer acceptance of nanotech, genetic modification in foods
New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods -- but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.
US Department of Agriculture

Contact: Matt Shipman
matt_shipman@ncsu.edu
919-515-6386
North Carolina State University

Public Release: 2-Dec-2014
eLife
Revealed: How bacteria drill into our cells and kill them
A team of scientists has revealed how certain harmful bacteria drill into our cells to kill them. Their study shows how bacterial 'nanodrills' assemble themselves on the outer surfaces of our cells, and includes the first movie of how they then punch holes in the cells' outer membranes.

Contact: Siobhan Pipa
siobhan.pipa@ucl.ac.uk
44-207-679-9041
University College London

Public Release: 1-Dec-2014
'Smart dust' technology could reshape space telescopes
Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are exploring a new type of space telescope with an aperture made of swarms of particles released from a canister and controlled by a laser. These floating lenses would be larger, cheaper and lighter than apertures on conventional space-based imaging systems like NASA's Hubble and James Webb space telescope.
NASA

Contact: Susan Gawlowicz
smguns@rit.edu
585-475-5061
Rochester Institute of Technology

Public Release: 1-Dec-2014
Nature Materials
Penn research shows way to design 'digital' metamaterials
Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create the unusual properties of metamaterials is a challenge but new Penn research, borrowing concepts from binary computing, presents a way of simplifying things.
Office of Naval Research

Contact: Evan Lerner
elerner@upenn.edu
215-573-6604
University of Pennsylvania

Public Release: 1-Dec-2014
Nature Nanotechnology
Possible read head for quantum computers
Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems electronically. Using a graphene layer, a team of scientists headed by Professor Alexander Holleitner of the Technische Universität München has now implemented just such a read unit.
German Research Foundation, European Research Council, EU Marie Curie Program

Contact: Dr. Andreas Battenberg
battenberg@zv.tum.de
49-892-891-0510
Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Public Release: 1-Dec-2014
Science
Microbullet hits confirm graphene's strength
Rice University scientists use microbullets in experiments to show graphene is 10 times better than steel at absorbing the energy of a penetrating projectile.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Welch Foundation

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University

Public Release: 27-Nov-2014
Physical Review Letters
Scanning tunneling microscopy: Computer simulations sharpen insights into molecules
The resolution of scanning tunneling microscopes can be improved dramatically by attaching small molecules or atoms to their tip. The resulting images were the first to show the geometric structure of molecules and have generated a lot of interest among scientists over the last few years. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague have now used computer simulations to gain deeper insights into these new imaging techniques.

Contact: Tobias Schloesser
t.schloesser@fz-juelich.de
49-246-161-4771
Forschungszentrum Juelich

Public Release: 27-Nov-2014
Advanced Energy Materials
New electrolyte for the construction of magnesium-sulfur batteries
The Helmholtz Institute Ulm established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is pushing research relating to batteries of the next and next-but-one generations: A research team has now developed an electrolyte that may be used for the construction of magnesium-sulfur battery cells. With magnesium, higher storage densities could be achieved than with lithium. Moreover, magnesium is abundant in nature, it is non-toxic, and does not degrade in air. The new electrolyte is now presented in the journal Advanced Energy Materials.

Contact: Monika Landgraf
presse@kit.edu
49-721-608-47414
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Particles, waves and ants
Particles or waves traveling through disordered media are scattered at small impurities. Surprisingly, the density of these impurities does not affect the overall dwell time the particle -- or wave -- spends inside the medium. This remarkable finding applies not only to particles and waves, but also to crawling ants or drunken sailors hitting streetlamps.

Contact: Florian Aigner
florian.aigner@tuwien.ac.at
43-158-801-41027
Vienna University of Technology

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Nature
Protons fuel graphene prospects
Graphene, impermeable to all gases and liquids, can easily allow protons to pass through it, University of Manchester researchers have found.

Contact: Daniel Cochlin
daniel.cochlin@manchester.ac.uk
44-161-275-8382
University of Manchester

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Physical Review Letters
The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers
For several years, it has been known that superfluid helium housed in reservoirs located next to each other acts collectively, even when the channels connecting the reservoirs are too narrow and too long to allow for substantial flow. A new theoretical model reveals that the phenomenon of mysterious communication 'at a distance' between fluid reservoirs is much more common than previously thought.

Contact: Anna Maciołek
maciolek@is.mpg.de
49-711-689-1903
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Nature Communications
Van der Waals force re-measured
Van der Waals forces act like a sort of quantum glue on all types of matter. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich experimentally determined for the first time all of the key details of how strongly the single molecules bind to a surface. They demonstrated that the forces do not just increase with molecular size, but that they even grow disproportionately fast. Their findings could help to improve simulation methods for chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science.

Contact: Tobias Schloesser
t.schloesser@fz-juelich.de
49-246-161-4771
Forschungszentrum Juelich

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Nature Communications
'Giant' charge density disturbances discovered in nanomaterials
Scientists in Jülich have, with the help of computer simulations, discovered a combination of materials that strengthens the so-called Friedel oscillations and bundles them, as if with a lens, in different directions. With a range of 50 nanometers, these 'giant anisotropic charge density oscillations' are many times greater than normal and open up new possibilities in the field of nanoelectronics to exchange or filter magnetic information.
Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups

Contact: Angela Wenzik
a.wenzik@fz-juelich.de
49-246-161-6048
Forschungszentrum Juelich

Public Release: 26-Nov-2014
Nature
Stanford engineers invent high-tech mirror to beam heat away from buildings into space
Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends heat from inside the structure directly into space as infrared radiation.

Contact: Tom Abate
tabate@stanford.edu
650-736-2245
Stanford School of Engineering

Public Release: 25-Nov-2014
NASA's Webb Telescope mirror tripod in action
Setting up NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's secondary mirror in space will require special arms that resemble a tripod. NASA recently completed a test of the tripod to ensure it would function properly in space.
NASA

Contact: Rob Gutro
Robert.j.gutro@nasa.gov
301-286-4044
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 25-Nov-2014
Advanced Material Interfaces
Lawrence Livermore researchers develop efficient method to produce nanoporous metals
Nanoporous metals -- foam-like materials that have some degree of air vacuum in their structure -- have a wide range of applications because of their superior qualities.

Contact: Ken Ma
ma28@llnl.gov
925-423-7602
DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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