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Molecular ‘treasure maps’ to help discover new materials

Researchers have developed a new method which has the potential to revolutionize the way we search for, design and produce new materials.

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Caught on camera – chemical reactions ‘filmed’ at the single-molecule level

Scientists have succeeded in ‘filming’ inter-molecular chemical reactions using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool.

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3D-printing amplifies nanomchines into the macroscopic world

Using advanced 3-D printing, researchers have unlocked the key to transforming microscopic nanorings into smart materials that perform work at human-scale.

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Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop

Insights pave way for solar cells and photodetectors based on tunable nanoparticles.

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Imprinting nanopatterns in metals with diamonds

Materials scientists are imprinting nano-patterns in metals, a technology that could give metallic surfaces permanent functionality, like a lotus effect or reduced frictional properties.

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DNA typos to blame for most cancer mutations

Environment and heredity might not contribute as much to cancer risk as researchers thought.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21696

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Zika mosquito genome mapped – at last

‘Breakthrough’ technique used to piece together genome sequence of Zika vector, Aedes aegypti,  10 years after publication of draft sequence.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21697

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Canada budget falls flat with scientists

Emphasis on innovation overshadowed by funding freeze for key research councils.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21699

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Gates Foundation announces open-access publishing venture

Global health charity is latest funder to start its own publishing ‘channel’ — and the European Commission is considering its own service.

Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21700

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Nuclear-test films, smoking declines and five new particles

The week in science: 17–23 March 2017.

Nature 543 468 doi: 10.1038/543468a

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