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  1. X-Ray Laser Imaging Advances To Nanometer Scale

    Using an X-ray laser to create diffraction patterns, scientists were recently able to visualize individual carboxysomes without crystallizing them. At about 115 nanometers, carboxysomes are the smallest biological specimen studied by an X-ray laser to date.

  2. APEI Builds The First Multiphysics Simulation App With The Application Builder

    Last month marked the release of the revolutionary Application Builder, now available with COMSOL Multiphysics software version 5.0. The Application Builder, which allows COMSOL software users to build an intuitive interface to run any COMSOL model, has been very well received by the engineering community.

  3. “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells

    Recently, a team from Northwestern University developed nanoparticles with a built-in fluorescent tag that are capable of identifying genetic biomarkers specific to cancer. Deemed “NanoFlares,” these particles operate inside the cell and can identify cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially providing an early warning of metastasis.

  4. Advanced Imaging System Glimpses The Physical Basis Of Memory

    Recently, a team from Kyoto University developed an imaging system that leverages optogenetics to identify the memory-storing neurons of a worm. This advance may help improve the understanding of memory loss that accompanies certain diseases.

  5. Dual-Energy Fluoroscopy Could Improve Lung Tumor Visualization

    A new dual-energy fluoroscopic technique has improved lung cancer tumor imaging. The beauty of the approach is that it works with existing X-ray equipment and could be rapidly implemented using only software.

  6. Dual-Action Nanoparticle Allows Fluorescence Imaging And MRI

    A hybrid nanoparticle has been developed that is compatible with both fluorescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The new agent may allow a better real-time understanding of tumor biochemistry and drug delivery.

  7. Researchers Advance 'Quantum Teleportation'

    The world at the quantum level, at the scale of particles too small for the eye to see, is very strange. It's possible, for instance, to have two particles that are "entangled" -- that is, they function as if they were connected, even if they are many miles away from each other.

  8. NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties Within Hexagonal Boron Nitride

    U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) exhibit unique metamaterial properties that enable novel nanoscale optical devices for use in optical communications, super-resolution imaging, and improved infrared cameras and detectors.

  9. A Jettisoned Black Hole?

    Astronomers have discovered an object in space that might be a black hole catapulted out of a galaxy.

  10. Spooky Alignment Of Quasars Across Billions Of Light-Years

    New observations with ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile have revealed alignments over the largest structures ever discovered in the Universe.

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