Editor’s Picks

  1. Ultrasound Imaging Needle To Transform Heart Surgery
    12/1/2017

    Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

  2. Watching A Quantum Material Lose Its Stripes
    11/28/2017

    Stripes can be found everywhere, from zebras roaming in the wild to the latest fashion statement. In the world of microscopic physics, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons within so-called quantum materials.

  3. Ultraviolet Microscope To Dramatically Speed Up Lab Tests
    12/7/2017

    A microscope using ultraviolet (UV) light to provide high-resolution histological images promises to significantly shorten the amount of time diagnostic tests are processed.

  4. Discovery Points The Way To Better And Cheaper Transparent Conductors
    11/27/2017

    Researchers at the University of Liverpool have made a discovery that could improve the conductivity of a type of glass coating which is used on items such as touch screens, solar cells and energy efficient windows.

  5. Massive Primordial Galaxies Found In ‘Halo’ Of Dark Matter
    12/6/2017

    Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scientists had previously thought.

  6. U.S. Air Force Aims To Deploy Laser-Armed Fighter Jets By 2021
    11/30/2017

    The United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), through its Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) program, has awarded Lockheed Martin a $26.3 million contract to design, develop and produce a high-power fiber laser mounted on a tactical fighter jet by 2021.

  7. Lighting The Way To Switch Chemical Reaction Pathways
    12/1/2017

    Researchers from QUT, Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Belgium’s Ghent University have stepped towards this by pioneering a system that modulates visible, coloured light to change the reactions of a powerful chemical coupling agent.

  8. Innovative Microscope Poised To Propel Optogenetics Studies
    11/29/2017

    A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease affect neuron communication.

  9. Novel Lenses Enable X-Ray Microscopy With Record Resolution
    12/7/2017

    Scientists have developed novel lenses that enable X-ray microscopy with record resolution in the nanometre regime. Using new materials, the research team led by DESY scientist Saša Bajt from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) has perfected the design of specialised X-ray optics and achieved a focus spot size with a diameter of less than ten nanometres.

  10. 2-Photon Absorbing Molecules Fabricate Polymer Features Just 65 Nanometers Wide
    3/26/2007
    Producing three-dimensional polymer line structures as small as 65 nanometers wide just became easier with new two-photon absorbing molecules that are sensitive to laser light at short wavelengths, allowing researchers to create them without highly sophisticated fabrication methods