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A team of researchers from QuTech in the Netherlands reports realization of the first multi-node quantum network, connecting three quantum processors. In addition, they achieved a proof-of-principle demonstration of key quantum network protocols. Their findings mark an important milestone towards the future quantum internet and have now been published in Science. The quantum internet The
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IMAGE: A flexible polymer membrane incorporating nanoparticles of PAF selectively absorbs nearly 100% of metals such mercury, copper or iron during desalination, more efficiently producing clean, safe water. view more  Credit: UC Berkeley photos courtesy of Adam Uliana University of California, Berkeley, chemists have discovered a way to simplify the removal of toxic metals. like mercury
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Research and industry experts will be leading a virtual event to discuss UK’s leadership in advanced materials – and how this could shape global cities of the future. The event, hosted jointly by The University of Manchester, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, and inward investment agency MIDAS, Material Gains: Building cities that are better for
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IMAGE: Gas sensor view more  Credit: POSTECH Gas accidents such as toxic gas leakage in factories, carbon monoxide leakage of boilers, or toxic gas suffocation during manhole cleaning continue to claim lives and cause injuries. Developing a sensor that can quickly detect toxic gases or biochemicals is still an important issue in public health, environmental monitoring,
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IMAGE: This is Beatriz Noheda, Professor of Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Groningen, lead author of the Science paper. view more  Credit: University of Groningen Hafnium-based thin films, with a thickness of only a few nanometres, show an unconventional form of ferroelectricity. This allows the construction of nanometre-sized memories or logic devices. However, it was
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IMAGE: Smartphone-based imaging for various biomedical applications grouped into four clinical workflows. view more  Credit: Hunt et al., doi 10.1117/1.JBO.26.4.040902 Smartphones get smarter every day. These “Swiss Army knives” of mobile computing become even more useful with specialized attachments and applications to improve healthcare. Based on inherent capabilities like built-in cameras, touchscreens, and 3D sensing, as
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Antoine Aiello, Nora Dempsey, François Jérôme and Amanda Silva Brun are the four recipients of the CNRS 2021 Innovation Medal. Created 10 years ago, this distinction honours people whose outstanding research has led to significant technological, economic, therapeutic or social innovations that promote French scientific research. From patent filings and pre-maturation programmes for innovative projects,
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IMAGE: Over 200 million tons of ammonia are produced each year, most of which is used as a fertilizer. Thus, it is essential to find scalable ecofriendly synthesis routes to satisfy… view more  Credit: Freepik Ammonia (NH3) is among the most important chemicals produced by humans and has a promising future in sustainable energy applications besides
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IMAGE: Researchers encoded patterns and designs into the material by making tiny, invisible tweaks to the geometry of the triangular lattice. view more  Credit: (Image courtesy of Shucong Li/Bolei Deng/Harvard SEAS) Reconfigurable materials can do amazing things. Flat sheets transform into a face. An extruded cube transforms into dozens of different shapes. But there’s one thing
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IMAGE: A fungal cell (green) interacting with a nanothin layer of black phosphorous (red). Image magnified 25,000 times. view more  Credit: RMIT University Researchers have developed a new superbug-destroying coating that could be used on wound dressings and implants to prevent and treat potentially deadly bacterial and fungal infections. The material is one of the thinnest
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IMAGE: UMass Amherst food science undergraduate student Matt Sheiman develops a plant-based burger. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among nine institutions chosen to collaborate with Big Idea Ventures to help develop and commercialize new, sustainable food products and agricultural innovation that will fuel economic development in rural communities, the New
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IMAGE: This sketch displays the experimental procedure of ultra-fast laser moving over the 3DFG electrodes. view more  Credit: College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Behind every heartbeat and brain signal is a massive orchestra of electrical activity. While current electrophysiology observation techniques have been mostly limited to extracellular recordings, a forward-thinking group of researchers from Carnegie
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IMAGE: Lead author Pablo Bonilla Ataides, now a fourth year undergraduate physics student at the University of Sydney. view more  Credit: Louise Cooper/The University of Sydney What started out as a second-year physics project is making its way into Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) quantum computing program. University of Sydney science undergraduate Pablo Bonilla Ataides has tweaked
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IMAGE: An array of multi-colored LEDs periodically arranged to give off visible light as shown above; a combination of InGaN based red, blue, and green LEDs is essential to cover lighting… view more  Credit: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Singapore, 12 April 2021 – Researchers from the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) Interdisciplinary Research
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Origami may sound more like art than science, but a complex folding pathway that proteins use to determine their shape has been harnessed by molecular biologists, enabling them to build some of the most complex synthetic protein nanostructures to date. Using EMBL Hamburg’s world-class beamline P12 at DESY’s PETRA III synchrotron, a team of Slovenian
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IMAGE: Figure. (A) Schematic illustration of the centrifugal multispinning polymer nanofiber production process. (B) The polymer nanofibers spun by the system. The increase of the number of sub-disk shows the proportional… view more  Credit: Professor Do Hyun Kim, KAIST KAIST researchers have developed a novel nanofiber production technique called ‘centrifugal multispinning’ that will open the door
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IMAGE: Reductive amination of carbonyl compounds view more  Credit: Osaka University Osaka, Japan – Catalysts are crucial to making industrial processes viable. However, many of the non-precious metal catalysts used for synthesis have low activity, are difficult to handle, and/or require harsh reaction conditions. Osaka University researchers have developed a single-crystal cobalt phosphide nanorod catalyst that
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IMAGE: Using an atmosphere switching strategy followed by electrochemical dealloying, researchers have synthesized composition-graded PtCu3@Pt3Cu@Pt nanodendrites exposing high index surfaces, which exhibited excellent ORR activity and stability in acidic electrolytes…. view more  Credit: Chinese Journal of Catalysis Alloying is a general and efficient strategy to boost the catalytic activity of Pt catalysts toward oxygen reduction reaction
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IMAGE: Electron microscopy images show the degradation in action. view more  Credit: University of Sydney Ferroelectric materials are used in many devices, including memories, capacitors, actuators and sensors. These devices are commonly used in both consumer and industrial instruments, such as computers, medical ultrasound equipment and underwater sonars. Over time, ferroelectric materials are subjected to repeated
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IMAGE: (a)-(c) show how the Seebeck coefficient varies for 1D, 2D and 3D materials, while (d)-(f) show the thermoelectric conductivity for the same systems. No major changes in the shape of… view more  Credit: Tokyo Metropolitan University Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have shown that a quantity known as “thermoelectric conductivity” is an
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IMAGE: Russian scientists invented a lightweight and durable radiator for cooling electric vehicle batteries. view more  Credit: Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University Researchers from Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) invented a durable and compact radiator for lithium-ion batteries, which in the future can be used for electric vehicles. The radiator was developed using
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IMAGE: The optical properties of carbon nanotubes, which consist of a rolled-up hexagonal lattice of sp2 carbon atoms, can be improved through defects. A new reaction pathway enables the selective creation… view more  Credit: Simon Settele (Heidelberg) The properties of carbon-based nanomaterials can be altered and engineered through the deliberate introduction of certain structural “imperfections” or
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IMAGE: Artist’s drawing of characteristic 3D spin texture of a magnetic hopfion. Berkeley Lab scientists have created and observed 3D hopfions. The discovery could advance spintronics memory devices. view more  Credit: Peter Fischer and Frances Hellman/Berkeley Lab A decade ago, the discovery of quasiparticles called magnetic skyrmions provided important new clues into how microscopic spin textures
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IMAGE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) serves as a potential candidate neuroprotective agent, but there are almost no successful clinical trials due to high hurdle in brain access and short half-life. Fukushima… view more  Credit: Department of Biofunction Research,TMDU Researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) demonstrate an mRNA delivery system that effectively produces BDNF protein
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Using DNA structures as scaffolds, Tim Liedl, a scientist of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich, has shown that precisely positioned gold nanoparticles can serve as efficient energy transmitters.  Since the inception of the field in 2006, laboratories around the world have been exploring the use of ‘DNA origami’ for the assembly of complex nanostructures. The method
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