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Browse: Gold Nanoparticles Reduce Side-Effects of Arthritis Drug Browse: Rough Plastics Catch Cancer
Cancer cells could be captured on roughened plastics, improving the prospects of early diagnosis following recent work at the Ian Wark Institute at the University of South Australia.
Browse: Primordial Goo Improves Implants Browse: Diamond Design Proves Concept of a “Death Star” Laser
Browse: Orange Peel Mops Up Mercury Pollution Browse: Superradiance Solves Solar Storage
Browse: Solar Cells Ditch Doping Browse: 3D Layering Puts Solar on Track
Solar panels structured like a chessboard, where the white squares are slightly raised compared with the black squares, could reduce the cost of tracking the sun, helping to spread energy generation more evenly throughout the day.
Browse: Supercapacitor in Body Panels Boost Power in Electric Cars Browse: Lasers Pick Atoms Apart
Light could be used to pick apart a substance atom by atom, paving the way for new ways to produce nanoscale diamond devices according to research published in Nature Communications.
Tiny bumps on cicada wings repel water and dirt.
Feature: The Genius of the Cicada Wing
The nanostructure of cicada wings is inspiring new materials that are self-cleaning, repel water and can kill bacteria.
Browse: Boiling Water that Never Bubbles
Water can be made to boil without bubbling by using textured surfaces, an Australian/American collaboration has proved in Nature.
Browse: Silicon Defects Corrected
A method for correcting defects in low-grade silicon could boost the efficiency of commercial photovoltaic panels by 10% in a few years time, further improving solar power’s competitiveness.
Browse: Bionic Bra Brought to Life
Browse: Gold Nanorods Target Cancer Cells Browse: Magnetic Material Cooks Cancer
Browse: A Floating 3D Display for Your Smartphone Browse: Cost of Quantum Computer Qubit Control Cut
Browse: Sticky Tape the Key to Ultrathin Solar Cells Browse: “Ghost Imaging” with Atoms
Browse: Patch Mends a Broken Heart Browse: Tyres Recycled into a Cleaner Diesel Blend
Cool Careers: A Time To Dance
Joel Miller is seeking to create better bone implants, and turned his PhD into a competition-winning dance.
Cool Careers: From Vitamins to Solar
It is not an obvious path from Prof Andrew Holmes’ PhD on the synthesis of vitamin B12 to the next generation of solar cells, but it has now led him back to the University of Melbourne where he completed his undergraduate degree.
Quandary: The Bio-Brick Revolution
While synthetic biology promises benefits such as glow-in-the dark trees that replace city lights, there are many more sinister applications that have many people worried.
Up Close: Compound benefits: Creating new materials to aid cleaner energy generation
Materials scientist Prof David Sholl explains how new hi-tech metal hydrides and metal-organic frameworks can be used to increase the efficiency of nuclear power stations and to capture carbon dioxide emissions in coal-fired power plants.
Online Feature: Colour-changing dragons to reveal their secrets
A study of why animals change colour could enable scientists to develop bandages that change colour in response to slight changes in the temperature of the wound.
Online Feature: New coatings extend life and safety of hip implants
New coatings have been developed for hip replacements to protect against post-operative infection and provide a barrier to minimise metal ion release into the body.