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Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Have Allure for Biofuel, Some E-Cigarettes Emit More Harmful Chemicals Than Others, New Nontoxic Process Promises Larger Ultrathin Sheets of 2D Nanomaterials, and More in the DOE Science News Source

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Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3D

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For the first time, scientists captured high-resolution 3D images from individual double-helix DNA segments attached at either end to gold nanoparticles, potentially valuable information about disease-relevant proteins and DNA assembly.

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Something Deep Within: Nanocrystals Grown in Nanowires

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Using resources at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, scientists tailored extremely small wires that carry light and electrons. These new structures could open up a potential path to smaller, lighter, or more efficient devices.

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Dirty to Drinkable

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A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, and it could be a global game-changer.

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New Nontoxic Process Promises Larger Ultrathin Sheets of 2D Nanomaterials

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Scientists have developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials’ commercial applications.

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New Surgical Tool for Mitral Valve Repair, Global Study Shows Stroke Largely Preventable, New Study Shows Differences in Blood Pressure Variation Across Ethnicity, and More in the Cardiovascular Health News Source

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'Green' Energy From Garden Grass, Mars Rover's Laser Can Now Target Rocks All by Itself, World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Completes Search, and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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Clarkson University Mourns Death of Renowned Chemist Egon Matijevic

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Clarkson University's Egon Matijevic passed away early on July 20 at the age of 94. Matijevic was considered a brilliant scholar whose prolific and inspired research helped shape the modern field of colloid and surface science, and established Clarkson as preeminent in the field.

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Researchers Develop Way to Upsize Nanostructures Into Light, Flexible 3-D Printed Metallic Materials

Researchers have devised a new process to create lightweight, strong and super elastic 3-D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, opening the door for applications in aerospace, military and automotive industries.

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Researchers Invent “Smart” Thread That Collects Diagnostic Data When Sutured Into Tissue

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For the first time, researchers led by Tufts University engineers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads – ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics – that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly.

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Scientists Move 1 Step Closer to Creating an Invisibility Cloak

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have made an object disappear by using a composite material with nano-size particles that can enhance specific properties on the object's surface.

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“Smart” Nanoparticle Called PEARLs a Promising Gem to Target, Treat Tumours with Greater Precision

Dr. Gang Zheng and a team of biomedical researchers have discovered a “smart” organic, biodegradable nanoparticle that uses heat and light in a controlled manner to potentially target and ablate tumours with greater precision.

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UCI Engineer Creates New Technique for Testing Nanomaterials

A University of California, Irvine engineer has invented a method for analyzing nanowires at temperatures approaching 800 degrees Fahrenheit in first-ever experiments, showing the valuable role the materials could play in converting excess heat from machines and electronics into useable electricity.

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PPPL Launches Expanded New Laboratory for Research on the Use of Plasma to Synthesize Nanoparticles

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Article describes new nanolaboratory commissioned at PPPL.

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Directed Matter

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Additive manufacturing techniques featuring atomic precision could one day create materials with Legos flexibility and Terminator toughness.

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Germs Add Ripples to Make 'Groovy' Graphene

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University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have used rod-shaped bacteria - precisely aligned in an electric field, then vacuum-shrunk under a graphene sheet - to introduce nanoscale ripples in the material, causing it to conduct electrons differently in perpendicular directions.

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Physicists Couple Distant Nuclear Spins Using a Single Electron

For the first time, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have coupled the nuclear spins of distant atoms using just a single electron. Three research groups took part in this complex experiment, the results of which have now been published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Grow Atomically Thin Transistors and Circuits

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In an advance that helps pave the way for next-generation electronics and computing technologies—and possibly paper-thin gadgets—scientists with Berkeley Lab developed a way to chemically assemble transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick.

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Engineering New Technology at the Molecular Level

Academic and industrial researchers have begun working side-by-side at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility, using some of the world’s most advanced tools to exploit the atomic and molecular properties of matter for emerging applications in science and technology.