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Quantum zone explains non-local STM effects

(with movie) Researchers have visualized the quantum propagation of a charge at the site of injection from a scanning tunnelling microscope for the first time, offering a better understanding of how these charges (electrons or holes) propagate.

Thermal noise helps image soft matter in 3D

A collaboration of researchers has obtained nanoscale 3D images of optically dense collagen networks from the negative space excluded from the random walk of a particle in an optical trap.

Experiment is first to see kicking photons heat up nanoparticles

Breakthrough could lead to measurements of quantum-state evolution due to gravity.

Testing the state of electroluminescence losses

Scanning tunnelling luminescence studies reveal mechanisms behind efficiency losses in gallium arsenide devices.

STM avoids “tip crash”

Tokyo researchers measure the electrical conductance at specific sites on a single-atom point contact using a scanning tunnelling microscopy technique.

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.

Automated software brings AFM to the masses

Park Systems introduces fully automated atomic force microscope systems that mean users don’t need technical expertise.

Sound control of nanorod ‘molecules’

The assembly and disassembly of nanorods propelled by ultrasound provides an insight into biological motors.

Multiple optical traps economize on laser power

Recycling laser power using an interferometer provides single-molecule biophysicists with multiple optical traps that are stable and less energy intensive than previous approaches.

Optical tweezers grab nanometre-sized objects

Low intensity lasers manipulate objects the size of a virus

Far-field optical imaging goes fluorescent-free

Pump-probe technique beats the diffraction limit of light – without the need for labels

Diamond downsizes classical MRI and NMR

Molecular samples detected and imaged at room temperature. best of 2012

Find out which nanotechnology breakthroughs made it into our review of the year.

CNT muscles power up

Wax-infused nanotube "yarns" could find use in robotics, micromotors and intelligent textiles.

Mervyn Miles announced as new Chief Scientific Advisor for IOP Publishing

Director of the Centre for Nanoscience & Quantum Information at University of Bristol, UK, to advise publishing arm of the Institute of Physics

AFM speeds up to film proteins

Miniaturized scanning setup captures movement of biological molecules with unprecedented resolution.

Zigzag nanowire regulates Brownian motion

Magnetic trap could help scientists perform microfluidic experiments

Nano pioneers give food for thought

Trends in nanotechnology, quantum information and memristors were just a few of the topics up for debate at this year's Bristol Nanoscience Symposium

AFM tip 'writes' graphene nanowires

New, simple and fast technique could be used to make flexible electronic circuits from carbon sheets

Schottky diodes: the 'door' to future memory devices

Seoul National University group takes a closer look at resistance-switching random access memory (RRAM)