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Scientists create fifth form of carbon

March 24, 2004

Researchers at the Australian National University in Canberra have created a new form of carbon: an intersecting web of nanosize carbon tubes formed at temperatures of around 10,000 degrees C.

“Nanofoam” could one day help treat cancer by absorbing infrared heat and enhance MRI scans because of its magnetic properties.

Scientists create first quantum processor

June 29, 2009

A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary two-qubit solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward building a quantum computer.

Scientists create first free-standing 3D cloak

January 31, 2012


Researchers led by the University of Texas at Austin have cloaked a three-dimensional object standing in free space, bringing the invisibility cloak one step closer to reality.

The researchers used “plasmonic metamaterials” to hide an 18-centimeter cylindrical tube from microwaves.

When light strikes an ordinary object, it rebounds off its surface towards another direction, just like throwing a tennis ball against a wall. The reason we… read more

Scientists create first step toward creating ‘inorganic life’

September 17, 2011

Inorganic Life

University of Glasgow scientists have taken their first tentative steps towards creating “life” from inorganic chemical cells (iCHELLS), potentially defining the new area of “inorganic biology.”

“What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology,” said Professor Lee Cronin, University of Glagow Gardiner Chair of Chemistry… read more

Scientists create illusion of having 3 arms

February 25, 2011

Supernumerary hand illusion (left) vs. traditional rubber hand illusion (right -- note added screen) (PLoS)

Is it possible that, in the not-so-distant future, we will be able to reshape the human body so as to have extra limbs? A third arm helping us out with chores or assisting a paralyzed person?

Neuroscientists at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm report a perceptual illusion in which a rubber right hand, placed beside the real hand in full view of the participant, is perceived as a supernumerary limb… read more

Scientists create large-area graphene on copper: Faster computers, electronics possible

May 8, 2009

The creation of large-area graphene using thin copper films may enable the manufacture of new graphene-based devices that meet the scaling requirements of the semiconductor industry, leading to faster computers and electronics, according to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Scientists Create Light-Bending Nanoparticles

March 4, 2009

Rice University researchers discovered that Cup-shaped gold nanostructures can bend light in a controllable way, acting like three-dimensional nano-antennas, Rice University researchers have discovered.

This property should prove useful in developing new optical materials and devices, such as solar cells, light attenuators, and chip-to-chip optical interconnects.

Scientists create modular logic gates from bacteria and DNA

October 19, 2011

DNA-based AND gate

Imperial College London researchers have demonstrated that they can build AND, NOT, and NAND digital logic gates out of E-coli bacteria and DNA, which could lead to a new generation of biological computing devices that, for example, swim inside arteries, detecting the buildup of harmful plaque and rapidly deliver medications to the affected zone.

The scientists constructed an AND gate from E.Coli bacteria and altered the E.Coli… read more

Scientists create molecule-size keypad lock

December 29, 2006

Scientists have created a keypad lock a single molecule in size. The lock only activates when exposed to the correct password, a sequence of chemicals and light.

Researchers suggest their device could in the future lead to a new level of safeguards for secret information or recognize when certain sequences of chemicals are released in the body.

Scientists create nanoparticles that image brain tumors, increasing accuracy of surgical removal

April 17, 2012


Nanoparticles that can be imaged three different ways at once have enabled Stanford University School of Medicine scientists to remove brain tumors from mice with unprecedented accuracy.

A team led by Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, professor and chair of radiology, showed that the nanoparticles engineered in his lab homed in on and highlighted brain tumors, precisely delineating their boundaries and greatly easing their… read more

Scientists create new lifeform with added DNA base pair

May 9, 2014

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Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA “letters” (bases) not found in nature.

The research was intended to created new proteins — and even new organisms — that have never existed before.

“Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G,read more

Scientists create ‘plastic’ blood

May 14, 2007

Sheffield University scientists have developed an artificial plastic blood that could act as a substitute in emergencies.

It is light to carry, does not need to be kept cool, and can be kept for longer. It is made up of plastic molecules that have an iron atom at their core, like hemoglobin, that can carry oxygen through the body.

Scientists Create Robot Surrogate For Blind Persons In Testing Visual Prostheses

October 20, 2009

(Caltech/Wolfgang Fink, Mark Tarbell)

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have created a remote-controlled robot that is able to simulate the “visual” experience of a blind person who has been implanted with a visual prosthesis, such as an artificial retina using a silicon chip with electrodes that directly stimulate retinal nerve cells. The system allows for testing new prosthetic technologies.

Scientists create single-atom bit, smallest memory in the world

November 17, 2013

The scanning tunneling microscope makes single holmium atoms on a platinum surface visible. (Photo: KIT/T. Miyamachi)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have taken a big step towards miniaturizing magnetic data memory down to a single-atom bit: they fixed a single atom on a surface so the magnetic spin remained stable for ten minutes.

“A single atom fixed to a substrate is [typically] so sensitive that its magnetic orientation is stable only for less than a microsecond,” said Wulf Wulfhekel of KIT.

A… read more

Scientists create super-strong collagen

January 13, 2010

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have created the strongest form of collagen known to science, a stable alternative to human collagen that could one day be used to treat arthritis and other conditions that result from collagen defects.

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