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Desktop tool democratises single-molecule microscopy

The recently released Nanoimager enables single-molecule nano-resolution high-sensitivity optical microscopy at your desk.

'Glue' in English ivy contains glycoprotein nanoparticles

The climbing plant could inspire biomimetic adhesives for use in military, medical and cosmetic applications.

Dumbbell dimers could make miniaturized nanosensors

New devices could be used to study the structure of chiral molecules and biomolecules like proteins.

Ionic additive improves OFETs

Hole mobilities greatly enhanced in conjugated polymer thin films.

'Magnetic-charge ice' slides into view

Frustrated material could lead to better computer memories.

Phase-change chalcogenides for neuronal computing

IBM researchers are reporting on the first artificial neuron made from phase-change-based memristive devices.

Transferring trapped photons between nanocavities

New on-a-chip device could be important for future optical processing systems and quantum computing applications.

AFM helps identify patients at risk for cardiovascular disease

Atomic force microscopy measurements show that the interactions between a protein known as fibrinogen and erythrocytes are modified in people with chronic heart failure.

Perovskite solar cells heal in the dark

New result could help in the future commercialization of these devices.

Analysing '3D graphene'

Topological Dirac semimetal thin films could be used to make new electronic devices.

Collecting hot carriers in graphene superlattices

The carbon sheet could be used to make ultrafast and highly efficient photodetectors and energy-harvesting devices such as solar cells.

Photonic gyroids mimic butterfly wings

Artificial nanostructure might be used in a variety of optics technologies.

Photoactive pixels switch on and off

Photocurrent spectral AFM reveals new behaviour in 2D materials.

Superconducting quantum-dot turnstile singles out electrons

Device could be used for quantum-metrology applications.

Single silicon nanoparticles enhance Raman signals

Magnetic dipole resonances in single silicon nanoparticles are found to provide robust all-dielectric Raman enhancements by factors of up to 140.

Meta-lenses for wearable optics

Devices can simultaneously focus and disperse light of different wavelengths with the best spectral resolution ever.

Nanotransducers see the light

New nano-muscles could be used to make pumps, valves, engines and pistons.

Nanoparticles target fat

Nanoparticles containing drugs that transform white adipose tissue into brown might be used to treat obesity.

Buckyball pioneer Harold Kroto dies at 76

Nobel-prize-winning chemist created ball-shaped molecules to better understand interstellar clouds

DNA makes tiny thermometer

Device could be used to measure temperature at the nanoscale.