Iowa State University plant scientist Patrick Schnable quickly described how he measured the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots, to their lower leaves and then to their upper leaves. This was...
This is the first real-life study to provide data on the potential of powering medical implants with solar cells.Credit: Lukas Bereuter The notion of using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a...
Researchers have made the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates. Credit: Adrian Radocea, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Researchers have demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons...
The release of a water droplet. Credit: I.M. Hauner et al. The surface tension of a liquid is a measure of the cohesive forces that hold the molecules together. It is responsible for a water drop assuming a spherical shape and...
The research team was able to make the azo-LCN film ascend a 15° incline. Credit: Wie, J. J. et al. Photomotility of polymers. Nat. Commun. 7, 13260 doi: 10.1038/ncomms13260 (2016). One of the impediments to developing miniaturized, "squishy" robots is...
The matrix depicts the formation energy – an indicator of stability – of around two million possible compounds. Each pixel corresponds to one of the two million quaternary crystals. Depending on the combination of elements, they display either a...
LLNL researchers were part of a team that demonstrated a bi-material microlattice structure, 3D printed from polymer and a polymer/copper composite material, that can flex inward, causing the structure to contract when exposed to heat over a range of...
Credit: University of Manchester A graphene hydraulic 'nano-press' has proved to be capable of creating new two-dimensional materials by exerting huge pressure on compounds sealed between layers of graphene. Graphene, the world's first two-dimensional material, has a new property to add...
Diamonds that deliver

Diamonds that deliver

Water is seen as small red and white molecules on large nanodiamond spheres. The colored tRNA can be seen on the nanodiamond surface.Credit: Michael Mattheson, OLCF, ORNL Neutrons, simulation analysis of tRNA-nanodiamond combo could transform drug delivery design principles It's not...
The surface of the hybrid mortar (left) is covered with tiny crystalline spikes. This results in what is called the lotus effect. On untreated mortar (right) water is soaked into the material much easier.Credit: Stefan Grumbein / TUM Moisture can...
An international team of researchers, led by Harvard University, have developed a dynamic surface with reconfigurable topography that can sculpt and re-sculpt microscale to macroscale features, change its friction and slipperiness, and tune other properties based on its proximity...