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    How to Fix Blinking Light-Emitting Nanoparticles

    How to Fix Blinking Light-Emitting Nanoparticles

    Scientists identified defects responsible for detrimental blinking that limits nanoparticle use in LEDs, solar cells, and lasers.

    Separation of Electron's Intrinsic Properties Revealed

    Separation of Electron's Intrinsic Properties Revealed

    Disentanglement reveals exotic magnetic properties in a ytterbium-based compound. The discovery provides yet another magnetic property that could be harnessed. These properties could aid in new approaches to high-performance computing and energy-efficient technologies.

    Smaller Is Not Always Better for Radiation Resistance

    Smaller Is Not Always Better for Radiation Resistance

    Scientists experimentally validated the predicted damage mechanism for materials in nuclear energy environments.

    LED Lighting May Now Shine Brighter

    LED Lighting May Now Shine Brighter

    Scientists apprehended the atomic-scale, microscopic mechanism that limits light emission in LED lighting.

    Controlling the Stiffness of a Material at the Nanoscale

    Controlling the Stiffness of a Material at the Nanoscale

    Using a needle far thinner than a human hair, scientists reversibly changed a material's hardness by up to 30 percent promises new functionalities for microphones and sensors.

    Hydraulic Fluids Hospitable for Microbes

    Hydraulic Fluids Hospitable for Microbes

    For the first time, scientists analyzed the genetic material of surface microbes that are colonizing the deep subsurface, where they are adapting and thriving.

    Unlocking Peptide Potential

    Unlocking Peptide Potential

    Powerful new computational methods now enable scientists to design a virtually unlimited variety of hyperstable peptide structures not found in nature. This research opens a new frontier in drug discovery.

    Soil Will Absorb Less Atmospheric Carbon Than Expected This Century

    Soil Will Absorb Less Atmospheric Carbon Than Expected This Century

    Some global models underestimate the mean age of soil carbon. This underestimation results in an overestimation of soil's carbon sequestration potential.

    Mighty Microbes Roil Oceans

    Mighty Microbes Roil Oceans

    New model reveals the significant role of microbes in oceanic nutrient and energy cycling. The results of this work significantly improve the crude models of microbial activity in important oceanic zones and provide holistic insights into how microbes drive nutrient and energy flow.

    There and Back Again: Catalyst Mediates Energy-Efficient Proton Transport for Reversibility

    There and Back Again: Catalyst Mediates Energy-Efficient Proton Transport for Reversibility

    Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that a complex with a proton pathway and stabilized by outer coordination sphere interactions is reversible for hydrogen production/oxidation at room temperature and pressure.

    Battery-Free Technology for Instant Electronic Inventory of Sensitive Items at a Distance

    Battery-Free Technology for Instant Electronic Inventory of Sensitive Items at a Distance

    Dirac Solutions' battery-free sensors offer a one-of-a-kind capability in inventory automation and advanced remote monitoring

    Methylmercury Sleuths Armed with New Spotlight

    Methylmercury Sleuths Armed with New Spotlight

    Researchers can now more quickly identify which microbes produce mercury toxins in the environment. These findings will enable a more realistic view of possible methylmercury production in a specific setting.

    Taking Materials Into the Third Dimension

    Taking Materials Into the Third Dimension

    To create more efficient catalysts, scientists would like to start with porous materials with controlled atomic-scale structures as random defects can hamper performance. A team created a one-pot method that produces the structures.

    Using Sunlight to Activate the Flow of Electrical Current in a New Material

    Using Sunlight to Activate the Flow of Electrical Current in a New Material

    Scientists discovered a new material that absorbs visible light to generate electricity; this material might be useful for splitting water to produce a combustible fuel, hydrogen.

    Light Strikes Gold

    Light Strikes Gold

    While scientists have used light to sculpt tiny crystals to do big jobs since 2001, they haven't been able to apply the process to gold--until now. Scientists created a strategy that enables synthesis of desirable gold crystals with potential for industry or medical uses.

    Giving Friction the Slip with New Carbon Films

    Giving Friction the Slip with New Carbon Films

    New catalytically active coatings eliminate the need for environmentally hazardous anti-wear additives used commonly in lubricating oils for engines

    How to 3D Print on the Nanoscale

    How to 3D Print on the Nanoscale

    A new approach offers a path to synthesize materials with superior mechanical and optical properties. This design approach replaces trial-and-error in nanomanufacturing for materials and structures.

    Shattering Protons in High-Energy Collisions Confirms Higgs Boson Production

    Shattering Protons in High-Energy Collisions Confirms Higgs Boson Production

    At the world's most powerful particle physics accelerator, physicists confirmed the Higgs boson production rate. The results match our understanding of how the universe works and will help build the data sets to explore the particles' properties.

    DNA + Nanoparticles = Self-Assembled "Diamond"

    DNA + Nanoparticles = Self-Assembled "Diamond"

    A novel method of using DNA as linkers of and cages redefines the rules for connecting nanoparticles and opens exciting prospects for creating complex materials with yet undiscovered properties for use in energy storage, among others.

    Make No Assumptions in Building a Better Battery

    Make No Assumptions in Building a Better Battery

    Large-scale energy storage for wind and other intermittent sources could make renewable energy easier to use. Researchers showed that rechargeable zinc-manganese oxide could be a more viable solution than today's lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.

    Lining Up for New High-Density Memory Devices

    Lining Up for New High-Density Memory Devices

    Thin layers of a new material could lead to smaller hard drives and other high-density memory devices with greater stability when exposed to heat.

    Berkelium's Unexpected Chemistry Has Been Captured

    Berkelium's Unexpected Chemistry Has Been Captured

    Berkelium was one of a few elements that had yet to be characterized in detail. Researchers structurally characterized it and revealed unexpected findings.

    Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

    Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

    Scientists combined two materials to create a structure that turns carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. The material has promise for removing carbon dioxide from the air, while pumping out carbon monoxide, a useful industrial product.

    Oxygen Takes Elitist Attitude to Sharing Electrons

    Oxygen Takes Elitist Attitude to Sharing Electrons

    Fuel cells and other devices use reactions involving oxygen. To improve these technologies, scientists need to know how the oxygen behaves. Researchers just overturned the conventional thinking about the oxygen's behavior.

    A Natural Fondness for Plutonium

    A Natural Fondness for Plutonium

    Once released into the environment, radioactive materials pose risks. Scientists found that a protein that binds radioactive elements, such as plutonium. This discovery could lead to new ways to clean a contaminated area.