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Jacob Khurgin describes a possible ultimate limit to the plasmonic confinement of light.

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Understanding charge traps in quantum dot films

New work could help make improved solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

DNA helps build new materials for controlling light

Programmable bottom-up technique produces crystals of different sizes, shapes and lattice symmetries for use in a wide range of technology applications.

Graphene oxide could make safe bioimplant material

A new detailed study from researchers at MIT and Harvard Medical School on the carbon nanostructure’s biocompatibility.

Memristor could help make brain-like computer

First three-terminal memristive device could be used as a memory element in integrated circuits and next-generation computers.

Cheap carbon foam makes good battery catalyst

Nanostructure works just as well as expensive platinum/metal oxide-based materials for both the oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions.

Nanorobots open blood brain barrier

(with audio) Canadian researchers may have developed a new way to treat brain disorders.

Nanotherapy for heart attacks and strokes

Nanoparticles loaded with a cholesterol-lowering drug reduce inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques.

Diamond cavity boosts magnetic-field detection

New sensor could be used to study the brain and heart.

Atoms interfere in new Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment

(with audio) Observations could be important for testing fundamental concepts in physics such as Bell’s inequalities and the quantum-to-classical transition.

Crystal-handedness revealed by twisted electron beams

A modified electron-microscopy technique could measure chirality of single molecules

Nanotopography aids transdermal drug delivery

Technique increases skin’s permeability to high molecular weight therapeutics. spring round-up

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Silica nanobubble targets pancreatic tumours

California researchers have developed a new treatment that makes use of not one but two chemotherapy drugs that work together in synergy.

Bone nanocomposites marry strength and compatibility

Enhancing artificial bone scaffolds with graphene-oxide flakes provides a stronger support while promoting bone regeneration.

MoS2 nanosheets make good supercapacitor electrodes

(with video) 2D dichalcogenide layers stack up without distorting.

Making a simple nanodot

Researchers in Sweden have fabricated a single polytype dot in a semiconducting nanowire.

Square ice forms in graphene sandwich

Researchers discover a new phase of water.

Gold nanostars enhance MRI signal

DNA–gadolinium nanoconjugates make highly efficient contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.

“Wrinkly” graphene deforms in an unusual way

Its behaviour is completely different to that of flat material.

Gel permeation purifies double-walled carbon nanotubes

New technique sorts by outer wall electronic type.