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February 12, 2015

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have succeeded in switching tiny, magnetic structures using laser light and tracking the change over time. In the process, a nanometre-sized area bizarrely reminiscent of the Batman logo appeared. The research results could render data storage on hard drives faster, more compact and more efficient.

January 30, 2015

Cardiac muscle regeneration with iPS cells is regarded as the next-generation cardiac therapy. To realize this, evaluation of effects of the therapy is necessary. In this research, scientists demonstrated in an animal experiment with a highly advanced X-ray nano-diffraction technique that the contractile proteins in cells that derived from transplanted iPS cells work in synchrony with cardiac muscle cells of the host heart.

January 8, 2015

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries—and enhance the flow of electricity—scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.