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Watching a virus bind to a biological cell

Atomic force and confocal microscopy techniques shed more light on viral infection.

Engineered spinach detects explosives

(with video) By embedding plant leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT researchers have transformed a plant into a living sensor.

Atom assembler makes defect-free arrays

(with video) New technique to rearrange atoms one by one in a fully ordered lattice could be used to simulate quantum systems.

NV centres for long-term 3D data storage

(with video) Diamond crystal defect system could outperform present-day DVD technology.

Bacteria nanospheres may help camouflage tiny crustaceans

Living coating appears to hide transparent creatures from predators.

Nanoparticle conjugates could help treat flu

A new way to treat the influenza virus shows promise.

SQUID thermometer measures temperature at the nanoscale

New device could directly image energy dissipation mechanisms in quantum matter.

Self-powered textile could be woven into smart clothes

Innovative system is made from fibre-shaped nanogenerators, solar cells and supercapacitors.

DNA clamp measures biomolecule mechanics

New force-spectroscopy tool could be used to study how proteins and genes behave inside biological cells.

Tungsten nanospeakers sound out thermoacoustic models

Nanospeakers produced in tungsten for the first time provide insights into the significance of different system parameters and the propagation of waves from these systems.

Perovskites make high-efficiency tandem solar cell

New device has a PCE of more than 20%.

'Movies' of electron motion in solar cell made using femtosecond laser

New technique combines electron microscopy with pulsed lasers to study semiconductor devices.

How to toughen up nanocrystalline metals

(with video) High-impact collisions produce extreme gradient-nano-grained structures that resist mechanical failure.

Collagenous tissue stiffens on the nanoscale

Findings from XRD measurements on echinoderms could help in the development of new types of biomaterials for applications in biosensing and soft robotics.

Silicon colour centre could be used for information processing

Entangled photons and silicon vacancies in a nanophotonic device make building blocks for quantum optical networks.

Silicon makes good qubit material

Quantum bits based on Si are 100 times more robust than those made from the semiconductor gallium arsenide and can be manipulated with 10 times greater precision.

Polyphenol helps superstructure nano-objects

Functionalization technique can transform objects into a giant LEGO-like polyphenol that can then be crosslinked with a metal.

Vacancy defects toughen up 2D materials

New experiments and simulations reveal fundamental aspects of fracture mechanics that are simply not possible to see in thicker materials.

Gold nanogap electrodes trap tiny particles

New technique, which overcomes many of the problems encountered in traditional dielectrophoresis experiments, could help make portable biosensors.

Memristor could make embedded memory for low-power chips

New device might also be used to store data in IoT appliances.