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Electron Microscopy – News and Features

An outline of a battery lit up.

Researchers Solve Mysterious Performance Decline in Promising Cathode Material

Scientists have discovered the culprit behind the performance fade in nickel-rich cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. The team’s new analysis method was key to the discovery.
Metal cogs in a fire.

Predictive Tool Designs New Metal Alloys for Withstanding Extreme Heat

Researchers have combined atomic-scale experiments with theory to create a tool to predict how high-entropy alloys will behave under high-temperature oxidative environments.
Neural connections.

Chilled Brain Molecules Unravel Epilepsy Drug’s Mechanism

Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have determined how a widely-used epilepsy drug works to dampen the excitability of brain cells and help to control, although not cure, seizures.

Cellular Origami Allows a Tiny Predator To Display Complex Behavior

Combining a deep curiosity and “recreational biology,” Stanford researchers have discovered how a simple cell produces remarkably complex behavior, all without a nervous system. It’s origami, they say.
Red and yellow atoms in a crystal structure.

Researchers Reveal How Platinum Catalyst Assembles and Disassembles

New insights into how platinum catalysts assemble and disassemble could offer clues to the catalyst’s stability and recyclability.

How the COVID-19 Virus Enters a Host Cell Influences the Outcome of Infection

How exactly do Sars-Cov-2 particles enter host cells? An international team investigated this question. The researchers were able to show how the protein TMPRSS2 acts as a helper to bring the virus into the cell via the receptor ACE2.
Graphical representation of a green battery on a black background surrounded by green lines.

Moving Toward Clean Energy Solutions With Battery Technology

This article will discuss the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead in battery technology, and how working together with other industry experts can carve a path forward in creating sustainable battery solutions.
A graphic showing how data is translated into protein structures.

Mathematical Method Compares 3D Structure of Proteins

The foundations have been laid for a mathematical method that allows the computer-assisted comparison of 3D protein structures.
A teabag.

Some “Biodegradable” Teabags Don’t Easily Deteriorate in the Environment After All, Study Finds

Some teabags manufactured using plastic alternatives do not degrade in soil and have the potential to harm terrestrial species, a new study has shown.
Performance of conventional electromechanical materials versus antiferroelectrics.

Electromechanical Material Doesn’t Get “Clamped” Down

Known as piezoelectricity, the ability to trade between mechanical stress and electric charge can be harnessed widely for next-generation electronics. However, integrating these materials into miniaturized systems has been difficult.