Discovery News

Hardest Transparent Organic Material Ever Designed by Scientists

"Tougher than stainless steel and even the previous record holder, bulletproof Kevlar, a new, transparent material developed by scientists in Israel is the hardest organic nanostructure known to man. Inspired by an unlikely source -- the beta-amyloid proteins found in patients with Alzheimer's disease -- the new material could be applied to make steel tougher and may also lead to cheaper and lighter body armor.

Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

Man and machine can now be linked more intimately than ever, according to a new article in the journal ACS Nano Letters. Scientists have embedded a nano-sized transistor inside a cell-like membrane and powered it using the cell's own fuel.

The research could lead to new types of man-machine interactions where embedded devices could relay information about the inner workings of disease-related proteins inside the cell membrane, and eventually lead to new ways to read, and even influence, brain or nerve cells.

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