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Nano-thermometer takes temperature inside cells

August 27, 2019

How do you know a cell has a fever? Take its temperature. That’s now possible thanks to research…
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Fiber-optic probe can see molecular bonds

June 17, 2019

In “Avengers: Endgame,” Tony Stark warned Scott Lang that sending him into the quantum realm and bringing him…
New insights into quantum measurements

April 26, 2019

Researchers from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the process of quantum measurement, one of…
Measuring stress around cells

February 7, 2019

Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull,…
Ultra ultrasound to revolutionise technology

January 15, 2019

A new and extremely sensitive method of measuring ultrasound could revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles.…
Powerful method probes small-molecule structures

November 12, 2018

Small molecules — from naturally occurring metabolites and hormones to synthetic medicines and pesticides — can have big…
3D Polymer Processing Precisely Measured by new NIST Method

October 10, 2018

Recipes for three-dimensional (3D) printing, or additive manufacturing, of parts have required as much guesswork as science. Until…
Cell-sized robots can sense their environment

July 24, 2018

Researchers at MIT have created what may be the smallest robots yet that can sense their environment, store…
The Shape in Water: First Nanometer-Scale Measurements of the Folded Structure of Biomolecules in Liquids

July 24, 2018

NIST-developed method could provide new insights into Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Tinkering with a method they helped develop…
NIST Puts the Optical Microscope Under the Microscope to Achieve Atomic Accuracy

May 23, 2018

Over the last two decades, scientists have discovered that the optical microscope can be used to detect, track…
Pickin’ up good quantum vibrations

May 21, 2018

A new technique that can generate quantum behaviour in a millimetre-sized drum has been developed by researchers from…
Nanoscale measurements 100x more precise, thanks to improved two-photon technique

May 8, 2018

The precision of measuring nanoscopic structures could be substantially improved, thanks to research involving the University of Warwick…
Weighing single molecules with light

April 30, 2018

Scientists at Oxford University have developed a light-based measuring technique that could transform our ability to characterise biomolecules.…
One string to rule them all

April 17, 2018

EPFL scientists have engineered a tiny guitar string that vibrates 1 billion times when plucked.  They’d like to…
Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first time

February 28, 2018

Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle…
Scientists Use Vibrations to Map Cell Interiors

February 22, 2018

Researchers are perpetually interested in characteristics of cells and what we can learn from them. Recently, a team…
Neutron spectroscopy reveals common ‘oxygen sponge’ catalyst soaks up hydrogen too

November 11, 2017

Having the right tool for the job enabled scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory…
The flat and the curious

November 7, 2017

The remarkable properties of 2-D materials — made up of a single layer of atoms — have made…
Chip-based sensors with incredible sensitivity

November 3, 2017

In London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, a whisper can be heard far across the circular whispering gallery as the…
Prototype shows how tiny photodetectors can double their efficiency

October 16, 2017

Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a photodetector – a device that senses light –…
Stop the Presses: NIST Finds a Way to Measure Fuel Cell ‘Printing’ at a Fast Clip

October 5, 2017

If you’re wondering when a hydrogen-powered car will become a viable option for you, take heart. A team…
NIST ‘Noise Thermometry’ Yields Accurate New Measurements of Boltzmann Constant

July 3, 2017

By measuring the random jiggling motion of electrons in a resistor, researchers at the National Institute of Standards…
Advanced nano-cutter boosts emerging materials research at UW–Madison

September 16, 2016

The University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering is the new home of a unique machine capable of milling…
Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

June 1, 2016

A team led by University of Washington engineers has developed a new tool that could aid in the…
ORNL researchers use neutrons to gain insight into battery inefficiency

January 20, 2016

Rechargeable batteries power everything from electric vehicles to wearable gadgets, but obstacles limit the creation of sleeker, longer-lasting…
Scientists demonstrate DNA-based electromechanical switch

December 21, 2015

A team of researchers from the University of California, Davis and the University of Washington have demonstrated that…
Novel algorithm simulates water evaporation at the nanoscale

October 27, 2015

We are all familiar with boiling a pot of water—flame from a stove heats the base of a…
Physicists turn toward heat to study electron spin

October 6, 2015

The quest to control and understand the intrinsic spin of electrons to advance nanoscale electronics is hampered by…
SLAC’s Ultrafast ‘Electron Camera’ Visualizes Ripples in 2-D Material

September 13, 2015

New research led by scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University shows…
Major Innovation in Molecular Imaging Delivers Spatial and Spectral Info Simultaneously

August 19, 2015

Using physical chemistry methods to look at biology at the nanoscale, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)…
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