Formula Nano

Last April, six teams raced molecules on a metallic surface using a scanning tunnelling microscope in the first NanoCar Race. The event brought scientific research in nanotechnology to the attention of the wider public.

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Fast and curious

Rémy Pawlak and Tobias Meier discuss how they got involved in the first international NanoCar Race and their impressions from this experience.

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More carbon and less salt

We take a closer look at recent developments in research on various strategies to use carbon nanostructures for water desalination.

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Reimagining physics

Julien Bobroff describes new ways to popularize fundamental and applied condensed-matter physics.

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Think bigger

With the publication of a method for fast oil spill clean-up we reflect on the importance of addressing scalability from an early stage when reporting techniques aimed at improving the environment.

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In pursuit of waves

Passion for science and technology can be a powerful motivator to overcome hurdles, as Nader Engheta explains, recounting his own experience as an immigrant.

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Of knowledge and beauty

In 1772, Robert Boyle wrote: “So much admirable workmanship, as God hath displayed in the Universe, was never meant for eyes that willfully close themselves.” It is scientists’ duty to make a convincing effort to ensure that this admirable workmanship is there for all to see.

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Programming random mazes

When an important concept puts a scientific paper under the spotlight, behind the scenes there is usually a long story of mystery solving, as Philip Petersen explains.

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Toward a ‘smart’ patch that automatically delivers insulin when needed

Treatment for certain diabetes cases involves constant monitoring of blood-glucose levels and daily insulin shots. But scientists are now developing a painless “smart” patch that monitors blood glucose and releases insulin when levels climb too high. Source: Toward a ‘smart’ patch that automatically delivers insulin when needed