March 30, 2012, No comments

Sandia National Laboratories is using its Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL) to study how to rapidly evaluate the tougher advanced materials needed to build the next generation of nuclear reactors and […]


A New Path for Light Through Metals

March 30, 2012, No comments

Helping bridge the gap between photonics and electronics, researchers from Purdue University have coaxed a thin film of titanium nitride into transpor ...


Electron Microscopy Revolutionised

March 26, 2012, No comments

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have revolutionised the electron microscope by developing a new method which could create the highest resol ...


Graphene Nanopores Unlock DNA

March 23, 2012, No comments

Look at the tip of that old pencil in your desk drawer, and what you’ll see are layers of graphite that are thousands of atoms thick. Use the pe ...

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    Exotic Materials Change Optics
    March 19, 2012, No comments

    Duke University engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated man-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will. The burgeoning use of metamaterials […]

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    Spinning Natural Thermal Conductors
    March 14, 2012, No comments

    Xinwei Wang had a hunch that spider webs were worth a much closer look. So he ordered eight spiders – Nephila clavipes, golden silk orbweavers – and put them to […]

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    First-ever Images of Atom Movement
    March 13, 2012, No comments

    Using a new ultrafast camera, researchers have recorded the first real-time image of two atoms vibrating in a molecule. Key to the experiment, which appears in this week’s issue of […]

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    Assuring the Supply of Rare Earth Materials
    March 12, 2012, No comments

    “Our future success in the key industrial branches automobile, machine, and plant construction as well as chemical technologies here in Germany will depend essentially on the availability of such strategically […]