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3: Manipulating light with metamaterials

Silvia Peruch and Nicolas Olivier show us their work in Anatoly Zayat's Lab at King's College London looking at metamaterials.

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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

(with movie) We look at the highlights on over the first three months of 2015.

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.

Carbon-coated particles improve battery anode

“Non-filling” porous silicon microstructures might be used to make ultrahigh performance lithium-ion electrodes.

Light controls morphology of organic self-assemblies

Technique might be useful for making solar cells.

Nanowire-based electrode could lead to better supercapacitors

Breakthrough could mean smaller and lighter energy-storage systems

Unravelling the background in SERS

New finding could help improve Surface enhanced Raman scattering for analytical applications.

Surface structure can tailor adhesion

(with audio) By making gold nanoparticles with different shapes, researchers have identified how surface atomic structures affect friction and adhesion.