Technology

Back to homepage

The inside of cells as never seen before

Researchers have fine-tuned a super-resolution microscopy method known as STORM, which has allowed researchers to capture clear images of the insides of cells to the tens of nanometres. STORM is dependent on antibodies to ‘hold’ colour molecules, so that the

Read More

See-through heart tissue reveals hidden complexity

A technique borrowed from neuroscience to see through brain tissue is helping scientists to see the fine structure of the heart. Using an existing approach, a team from Imperial has been able to turn samples of heart tissue transparent, revealing

Read More

Making telescopes that curve and twist

A new tool for computational design allows users to turn any 3D shape into a collapsible telescoping structure. New mathematical methods developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University capture the complex and diverse properties of such structures, which are valuable

Read More

High-tech solutions from hoverflies

Hoverflies are under the microscope to better understand their behaviour and role in agriculture, including for pollination and the biological control of insect pests. Their remarkable motion vision and ability to hover near stationary for prolonged periods of time is

Read More

Scientists make ‘squarest’ ice crystals ever

An international team of scientists has set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules–a form of ice that may exist in the coldest high-altitude clouds but is extremely hard to make

Read More

Recreating interstellar ions with lasers

Trihydrogen, or H3+, has been called the molecule that made the universe, where it plays a greater role in astrochemistry than any other molecule. While trihydrogen is astronomically abundant, no scientist understood the mechanisms that form it from organic molecules.

Read More

Watch cancer spread in a mouse

Researchers have developed a method to image cancer at the single-cell level by using chemical techniques to make whole mouse bodies and organs highly transparent. Combining their preparation with existing imaging technology, they were able view cancer cells multiplying within

Read More

Owls’ wings could solve wind turbine noise

A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls’ wings could allow aircraft and or a wind turbine to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls’ wings, gaining new insight into

Read More

Swimming microbots can remove bacteria from water

The lack of clean water in many areas around the world is a persistent, major public health problem. One day, microbots, tiny robots, could help address this issue by zooming around contaminated water and cleaning up disease-causing bacteria. Scientists report

Read More

New polymer goes for a walk when illuminated

Scientists have developed a new polymer material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. The researchers, at Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University, clamp a strip of this polymer material in a

Read More