Joel F. Hooper

Joel Hooper is a senior research fellow at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Molecular electronics boost miniaturisation

    Opening the way to busting size limits.

    As electronic devices are being scaled smaller and smaller, scientists are beginning to hit the limits of what silico...

    July 16, 2018
  • Making molecules stand up

    Single-molecule fabrication moves one step closer.

    It’s a longstanding dream of chemists to be able to manipulate individual molecules, orientating them in three dimens...

    July 2, 2018
  • Artificial nerve offers boost for robot designs

    US-Korean research creates touch-sensitive system that can recognise Braille. Joel F. Hooper repo...

    Bridging the gap between biological systems and machines has come one step closer, with a report in the journal Scien...

    June 17, 2018
  • Mars rover finds organics, changing methane levels

    The findings are not incompatible with life on the Red Planet, but neither are they evidence. Joe...

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has delivered some of its most intriguing results so far, with the discovery of organic molecu...

    June 8, 2018
  • 3D printed microneedles that dissolve in the skin

    Tech-fix takes painless injections closer to reality.

    Nobody likes getting injections, but research from the University of Texas at Dallas, US, might be able to offer a pa...

    March 12, 2018
  • Solution to a major origin-of-life mystery?

    Chemistry and biology’s biggest chicken-or-egg conundrums.

    Understanding the origin of life on earth is a daunting prospect.  Piecing together events which took place around 3....

    January 10, 2018
  • Interstellar ice may hold the secret to life

    Low energy electrons catalyse essential organic molecules.

    Trying to understand the origins of life is perhaps the most difficult problem for chemists and biologists.  The comp...

    December 17, 2017
  • Uranium: the element of surprise

    Role for uranium in producing plastics & pharmaceuticals.

    Uranium may be good for something more than nuclear fireworks, according to new research that offers it a novel role:...

    December 5, 2017
  • Delivering drugs by magnet

    Medication molecules released using magnetic fields.

    Targeting drugs to a particular site in the body is a topic of major interest in medicine. If drugs can be localised ...

    November 21, 2017
  • “Structural” water makes for strong new glue

    Arranged water molecules result in a reusable adhesive.

    Scientists have used specially arranged water molecules to create a powerful glue that relinquishes its adhesive prop...

    November 19, 2017
  • Magnetic gold is evidence of relativity

    A property of nanoscale gold explains why it doesn’t tarnish.

    Scientists have spent years debating a strange property of gold: on the macro scale it is both physically and magneti...

    October 30, 2017
  • Working out why quantum dots blink

    Quantum dot behaviour may lead to better televisions.

    You may not have heard of quantum dots (QDs) yet, but you will be seeing them everywhere soon. These tiny semiconduct...

    October 3, 2017
  • Nanomachines drill into cells to fight cancer

    A new strategy to eliminate cancer cells.

    Researchers in the field of molecular machines were awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry in 2016, although the commi...

    September 4, 2017
  • Reactions open new chemical frontiers

    Three-way reactions may change our understanding.

    For chemists, discovering a new chemical reaction is an exciting prospect.  Each new reaction we discover adds a litt...

    August 16, 2017
  • Data mining: How digging through big data can turn up new mineral deposits

    A team of mineralogists is using the tools of network analysis to understand connections between ...

    Mineralogy and mining are two things that often go hand-in-hand. But scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Scien...

    August 2, 2017
  • How to make hot ice

    Creating an exotic state of water is a high-pressure job.

    Using an enormously powerful laser to vaporise diamond, a team of American researchers have blasted water into “hot i...

    July 19, 2017
  • Painting with light in three dimensions

    Technique that creates 3-D images from pure light.

    Those of us who grew up watching science fiction movies and TV shows imagined our futures to be filled with marvellou...

    July 14, 2017
  • How ancient Roman concrete grows stronger

    Seawater strengthened the Roman harbours.

    Pliny the Elder, the 1st century scholar and naval commander, wrote proudly of Roman harbour concrete, describing it ...

    July 5, 2017
  • Much of Earth’s xenon was delivered by comets

    An answer to a longstanding puzzle about Earth’s xenon may also provide clues to the origin of wa...

    Comets like 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko may be the source of 22% of Earth’s xenon.ESA / RosettaAt first glance, xenon s...

    June 8, 2017
  • Turbocharged vancomycin

    1000 times more powerful than current antibiotics.

    Since the discovery of penicillin began the antibiotic revolution in 1928, we have lived in a golden age of relative ...

    May 31, 2017
  • How to shine a light on a single-molecule motor

    Observation likely to accelerate practical applications.

    Back in 1959 physicist Richard Feynman, speaking of the exciting opportunities for innovation in microscopic engineer...

    May 23, 2017
  • A boon for nuclear waste management

    New insights for cleaner nuclear power.

    Scientists at Florida State University have gained new insight into the chemistry of plutonium, breaking ground in th...

    May 10, 2017
  • Why does the universe smell so bad?

    The sight of the universe inspires wonder. The smell of it, though, might prompt other reactions....

    The universe: looks amazing, smells awful.Getty ImagesSmell is perhaps our most mysterious sense. It can trigger memo...

    March 30, 2017
  • How noble gases give us neon lights

    Stable elements led to garish lights that define big cities.

    Discovered around the end of the 19th century, the noble gases are the most stable group of the chemical elements. Th...

    March 21, 2017
  • Nanostructure 3D prints mimic bio-materials

    A variety of uses from batteries to biological scaffolds.

    The rapid rise of 3D printing has driven innovation in areas as diverse as manufacturing, bioengineering and food sci...

    March 20, 2017
  • Life without phosphate – mystery solved?

    Sulfur may hold the answer to conundrum.

    Scientists in Boston may have solved a longstanding mystery – how early life developed on an Earth where phosphate, a...

    March 2, 2017

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