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July 21, 2017
Quantum Computing Building Blocks
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a wholly suitable pathway for the large-scale production of quantum logic gates.
July 21, 2017
On Track towards a Zika Virus Vaccine
The research team from the Rockefeller University and Caltech, along with collaborators working in Pau da Lima, Brazil and Santa Maria Mixtequilla,
July 11, 2017
Speeding Up Catalysts for Energy Storage
Nature uses catalysts to generate fuels to store energy in chemical bonds. Scientists have struggled to design fuel-producing catalysts based on
June 23, 2017
Magnetic Curve Balls
Magnetic skyrmions are stable magnetic objects that are a few nanometers to microns in size with an atom-sized core surrounded by an axially
June 23, 2017
New “Gold Standard” for Flexible Electronics
Researchers developed a simple and inexpensive new process for making single crystalline, wafer-size, flexible, transparent, and conductive gold
June 23, 2017
Magnetic Particles that Flock Like Birds
Previous investigations of colloids energized by magnetic fields revealed that they are a form of “active matter”—assemblies of
June 23, 2017
Breaking the Rules to Make Electricity from Waste Heat
Cage-like metallic compounds called clathrates have the potential to be used as thermoelectric materials for harvesting waste heat and turning it
June 23, 2017
Graphene Ribbons Result in 100-Fold Increase in Gold Catalyst’s Performance
Catalysts—specialized chemicals that make catalytic converters function and control a host of chemical processes in industry—are used
June 22, 2017
New Class of Porous Materials Better Separates Carbon Dioxide from Other Gases
Researchers developed a new class of porous materials that have the potential to combine the best properties of inorganic solids and flexible,
June 22, 2017
Manipulating Earth-Abundant Materials to Harness the Sun’s Energy
In this research, scientists used molecular beam epitaxy to deposit precisely determined quantities of iron (Fe), chromium (Cr) and oxygen (O)
June 7, 2017
Nothing Boring about the Thinnest Boron Ever
Boron is widely known as an element with unique chemistry, often in regards to the octet rule. However, boron is also of great interest to many
June 7, 2017
One Step Closer to Practical Fast Charging Batteries
New battery electrodes based on nanostructured molybdenum disulfide combine the ability to charge in seconds with high capacity and long cycle life
June 7, 2017
Electrifying Magnetism
It is rare to find materials that operate at room temperature and display strong “multiferroic coupling” — a property that allows
June 7, 2017
Discovering the Ultimate Limit of Heat Transport: Measurements across a Single-Atom Junction
Scientists at the University of Michigan overcame several long-standing technical challenges by developing custom-nanofabricated calorimeters (an
June 7, 2017
Glass for Solar Cells and Phone Screens Resists Light Degradation
A critical property of any material used in solar cells, cell phones, or other electronics that are exposed to sunlight is photostability, a
June 7, 2017
Jagged Platinum Nanowires Double the Record for Reaction Critical to Fuel Cell Performance
Platinum is an essential element for catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction critical for fuel cell operations, a technology that generates
June 7, 2017
Amazing Spintronics!
An important obstacle to realizing spintronics is the amplification of small spin signals. In conventional electronics, amplification of an
June 1, 2017
An X-Ray Laser’s New Corrective “Eyeglasses”
Various optical elements are routinely used in modern synchrotron sources and X-ray free-electron lasers to confine the X-ray beam and focus it
May 30, 2017
Scientists See Electron Bottleneck in Simulated Battery
An international team of scientists working at the Molecular Foundry has revealed how interactions between electrons and ions can slow down the
May 30, 2017
Seeing Below the Surface of Solar Cells
Next-generation solar cells made of super-thin films of semiconducting material hold promise because they’re relatively inexpensive and
May 30, 2017
Nearly Ideal Performing Regions in Perovskite Films Could Boost Solar Cells
A multidisciplinary team discovered a possible secret to dramatically boosting the efficiency of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite solar cells
May 30, 2017
X-rays: More Colorful and More Powerful
A “dechirper” system designed by SLAC and RadiaBeam has been recently installed at the Linac Coherent Light Source to control the
May 30, 2017
Squeezing Molecules Guides Chemistry
Extreme pressure can determine the chemical evolution of inorganic and organic carbon-based molecules. Neutron scattering experiments combined with
May 30, 2017
A Catalystic Shock
Researchers arranged common materials in a catalyst containing nano-spikes of carbon and nitrogen embedded with copper nanoparticles. When this
May 30, 2017
Reusable Sponge for Mitigating Oil Spills
The Exxon Valdez, Deepwater Horizon, and other events highlight the devastating effects of uncontrolled releases of petroleum into oceans and other