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Neural networks differentiate bacteria

Automatic recognition process exploits broadband electromechanical response of cellular organisms

Nanoscale pick-and-place

Design unveiled for grabbing and holding a nanoscale particle in water without touching it

Thermal noise highlights viscoelasticity in micro-cantilever

Custom-built interferometric AFM deflection sensor captures dissipation process

Simple route to obtaining dielectric constants at the nanoscale

Method can be applied using any commercial AFM to quantify the dielectric constant of thin films

Nanodiamonds are a NSOM's best friend

"Active" diamond nanocrystal tips provide high resolution images of metallic nanostructures

Heat nanopatterns organic semiconductors

Hot AFM probe can pattern sub-30 nm structures

Emission spectra track meniscus growth

STM analysis of zeptolitre water column could benefit dip-pen nanolithography and other scanning probe techniques

AFM reveals molecules in all their glory

Modified form of atomic force microscopy gives chemical signature of molecules

Surface rubbing converts carbon layers into nanostructures

Triboprobe-equipped TEM captures friction and fatigue at work in real-time

Friction keeps molecular motors on track

Biophysicists gain a better understanding of motion in living cells

Exposing the flaw in Planck’s law

A novel cantilever uncovers a tremendous hike in radiation transfer at the nanoscale

All-metal probes advance AFM capabilities

Optimized copper-hafnium glassy film provides practical solution to fabrication problem

T-shaped probe exposes protein elasticity

High-speed atomic force microscopy maps out flexible protein regions to provide basis for future drug development

Fluidic self-assembly adds nano-architecture to flexible substrates

Easy to make, bendable SWNT networks suit nanotube-polymer based sensors, field effect transistors, interconnects and more

Probe-based nanofabrication under control

Model-less inversion-based iterative control (MIIC) paves the way for high-throughput nanopatterning

Proteins pass nano-templating test

DNA self-assembly scheme organizes materials into complex patterns with high yield and precision

Microcrystal processing yields fluorescent nanodiamonds

Top-down method opens up large-scale production of fluorescent diamond nanoparticles

Magnetism disappears at the nanoscale

Ferromagnets can change as they get smaller

Tapping into bioelectricity

Combining piezoresponse force microscopy with liquid imaging in intermittent contact mode reveals bio-electromechanical detail

AFM reveals "hidden" differences between normal and cancerous cells

Result will be important for cancer detection and perhaps treatment with nanoparticles