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    Theoretical discovery of transparent particles that break the previously accepted limit of visibility

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Transparent particles with extraordinarily high refractive indices can become almost invisible at wavelengths longer than the particle size, an A*STAR-led theoretical study has shown. The discovery challenges the accepted wisdom around the limits of li… [...]

    Naked molecules dancing in liquid become visible

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Capturing the movement of molecules is not an easy task. Scientists at the Center for Soft and Living Matter, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) were able to observe the movement of molecules stored inside a graphene pocket without the need t… [...]

    Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories New insights into how animals spin silk could lead to new, greener ways of producing synthetic fibres, according to academics at the University of Sheffield. [...]

    What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to revolutionise exploration of our Solar System. To make this concept a reality, we need to increase our knowledge … [...]

    Destabilization processes in foam

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Oktoberfest is an exciting cultural event, but it is also a source of inspiration for materials scientists and engineers. Not the beer itself, but rather the beer foam is a source of inspiration. [...]

    New mirror-coating technology promises dramatic improvements in telescopes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Materials scientist Nobuhiko Kobayashi wasn’t quite sure why the astronomer he met at a wine-tasting several years ago was so interested in his research, but as he learned more about telescope mirrors it began to make sense. [...]

    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    New approach boosts performance in thermoelectric materials

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Thermoelectric materials are considered a key resource for the future – able to produce electricity from sources of heat that would otherwise go to waste, from power plants, vehicle tailpipes and elsewhere, without generating additional greenhouse gase… [...]

    Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsies

    Original @ MIT News – Health sciences and technology Microfluidic device uses acoustics to quickly analyze blood for signatures of cancer and other diseases. [...]

    A new approach to ultrafast light pulses

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Two-dimensional materials called molecular aggregates are very effective light emitters that work on a different principle than typical organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) or quantum dots. But their potential as components for new kinds of optoelectr… [...]