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electron camera

SLAC’s Ultra-High-Speed ‘Electron Camera’ Catches Molecules at a Crossroads

An extremely fast “electron camera” at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has produced the most detailed atomic movie of the decisive...
Photoelectric Effect

The Photoelectric Effect in Stereo

When a photon hits a material, it can eject an electron from it provided it has enough energy. Albert Einstein found the theoretical explanation...
Citrus canker

Antarctic Fungi Found to Be Effective Against Citrus Canker

Citrus canker is a disease that affects all citrus species and varieties. It is caused by Xanthomonas citri, a bacterium originally from Asia, where it...
antibiotics

Soil Prospecting Yields Wealth of Potential Antibiotics

Soil, the source of our best antibiotics, can be more thoroughly mined for new drugs and other useful chemicals with the help of metagenomics,...
quantum lego

Quantum LEGO: Building Ultracold Molecules

Physicists dream of having a rich supply of ultracold molecules with specific electronic properties. A dense gas of such particles would have exciting applications...
nanotech sensor

A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes

Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. But it requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making device miniaturization...
garlic

The Complicated Biology of Garlic

Researchers today generally agree that eating garlic, used for thousands of years to treat human disease, can reduce the risk of developing certain kinds...
optical microscopy

Stagediving with Biomolecules Improves Optical Microscopy

The resolution of conventional optical microscopy is limited by the fundamental physical principle of diffraction to about one half of the wavelength of the...
electronic properties

What a Mesh

A team of scientists from across the U.S. has found a new way to create molecular interconnections that can give a certain class of...
Tiny implants

Tiny Implants for Cells Are Functional in Vivo

In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the...
quantum dots

Optical Nanoscope Allows Imaging of Quantum Dots

Microscopes allow us to see structures that are otherwise invisible to the human eye. However, conventional optical microscopes cannot be used to image individual...
nanofluids

A Stopwatch for Nanofluids: NIST Files Provisional Patent for Measuring Nanoliter...

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system, about the size of a...
microtubules

Let the Good Tubes Roll

Materials scientists, led by a team at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, designed a tiny tube that rolls up and zips...
battery

Coupling Experiments to Theory to Build a Better Battery

Lithium-sulfur batteries are promising candidates for replacing common lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles since they are cheaper, weigh less, and can store nearly double...
microbes

NIH Scientists Find Microbes on the Skin of Mice Promote Tissue...

Beneficial bacteria(link is external) on the skin of lab mice work with the animals’ immune systems to defend against disease-causing microbes and accelerate wound...
tiny crystals

UT Dallas Scientists Study the Powers of Tiny Crystals

When it comes to the way scientists react to their discoveries, “That’s interesting” falls somewhere between “Eureka!” and “Uh-oh.” “Interesting” is just what Dr. Jeremiah...
hair dyes

Designing the Next Generation of Hair Dyes

North Carolina State University researchers have created the largest publicly available chemical database of hair dye substances as a resource for developing a new...
fat burning

Bile Acids Fire up Fat-Burning

Obesity arises from an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. As a result, current treatments try to decrease calorie intake and/or increase energy...
drug discovery

A Popular Tool for Drug Discovery Just Got 10 Times Faster

Researchers at Purdue University just made high throughput screening, a process often used in drug discovery, 10 times faster than previous methods. “The area of...
RNA nucleosides

Progenitors of the Living World

“And the Earth was without form and void” – before the emergence of life. Meanwhile, we know rather more about the early Earth, but...