Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, part of The University of Tokyo, and Yokohama City University have introduced novel color-changing organic crystals that spontaneously return to their original shape and hue after being stressed, a property they call superelastochromism (Nature Communications, "A superelastochromic crystal").These materials can be used to make sensors for shear forces to monitor locations susceptible to damage.
(Nanowerk News) New research from Queen Mary University of London suggests that a novel magnetism-based drug delivery approach could help ensure drugs are not removed from where they are needed in the body (Nanoscale, "Magnetically responsive layer-by-layer microcapsules can be retained in cells and under flow conditions to promote local drug release without triggering ROS production").
Researchers have demonstrated the world's first metasurface laser that produces "super-chiral light": light with ultra-high angular momentum. The light from this laser can be used as a type of "optical spanner" to or for encoding information in optical communications.
In a material made of two thin crystal layers that are slightly twisted with respect to each other, researchers at ETH have studied the behaviour of strongly interacting electrons. Doing so, they found a number of surprising properties.
A team of researchers led by physicists at the Technische Univeritat Kaiserslautem (TUK) in Germany and the University of Vienna in Australia have reportedly generated the Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) through a sudden change in temperature.