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Researchers spin a yarn into a muscle

Everyday polymer fibres used to create artificial muscles

Switching on magnetism with an electric field

Result bodes well for spintronics applications as FeRh films go from being antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic after being exposed to just a few volts

Synchrotron sheds new light on weak ferromagnets

First measurement of the “Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya” interaction in these materials could be important for applications like high-density data storage

Waste not want not: recycling silicon electronics

Saudi Arabia team transforms traditional rigid electronics wafers into mechanically flexible and transparent ones

Graphene oxide makes perfect sieve

Carbon-based membranes could be ideal in water filtration and desalination technologies

Polymer particles go acoustic

Semiconducting nanostructures could make excellent photoacoustic contrast agents for molecular imaging

Nanoparticle superstructures break down in the body

DNA and gold particle assemblies for safer anti-cancer drug delivery

CNT e-whiskers could help improve robot skin

Carbon nanotube structures detect the lightest of touches or a gentle breeze

Ballistic electrons go further in nanoribbons

Puzzling results challenge conventional model of graphene

Nanowire nanocomputer in new complexity record

Techniques employed to build nano-finite-state machine could help extend Moore’s Law

Does boron-based graphene exist?

Experiment says maybe, computer says no

Room-temperature quantum dots emit single photons

III-nitride QDs might be ideal for on-chip communications in quantum information processors of the future

Thin-film generator harvests energy from a beating heart

New PZT-nanoribbon device could be used to power biomedical implants

Band tail states appear in MoS2

Charge-trapping defects in 2D semiconductors could be reduced by improving sample quality, says IBM team

Electrons in chains

New scanning probe experiments reveal the chemical and electronic structure of semiconducting conjugated polymers

Nanotube NEMS controls electron-phonon coupling

Ultraclean device allows researchers to study one of the most fundamental interactions in solid-state physics

MoS2 nanoflakes make good biosensors

Molybdenite can detect glucose

Tiniest bioprobe breaks new size record

New device could be ideal for exploring miniscule subcellular structures such as synapses and measuring the electrical activity of neural networks

Raman scattering gives bioimaging a boost

New findings could help improve medical imaging techniques based on secondary light emission from plasmonic nanostructures

Surface writing produces optical waveguides

Focused laser beam can be used to tailor the refractive index of titania nanotubes