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January 23, 2017
Supercomputers for Quantum Computers
One of the leading methods for creating qubits involves exploiting specific structural atomic defects in diamonds. Using diamonds is both
January 9, 2017
Light Strikes Gold
Gold is highly stable and has other attractive features suitable for various industrial and medical applications, but controlling the size and
January 1, 2017
Ion–Electron Collisions Can Heal Material Defects
Typically, exposure of a material to energetic particles, such as ions or neutrons, creates many defects that result in damage to the structure.
January 1, 2017
Rare Earth Recycling
Rare earth elements are crucial materials in many consumer products, such as electronics and automobiles. These elements currently have a
December 14, 2016
Surrounded by Water
Scientists understand the macroscopic behavior of the interaction between water and acid, yet the microscopic behavior and the specific structures
December 14, 2016
New Properties Discovered in Atom-Wide Troughs
In the world of semiconductors, impurities and defects can be a good thing. They modify the properties of materials such as silicon, and scientists
December 14, 2016
Spinning the (X-ray) Light Fantastic
At the LCLS, researchers have demonstrated the generation of X-ray pulses with polarization control at photon energies from 280 eV to 1200 eV, by
December 14, 2016
Translating Basic Biological Research to Cancer Drug Discovery
First-generation BRAF inhibitors vemurafenib (PLX4032) and dabrafenib have demonstrated clinical efficacy in treating metastatic melanoma harboring
December 14, 2016
Not Your Typical “Cut Glass Crystal”
Using a focused laser beam, researchers demonstrated for the first time that single crystals could be written into a solid glass matrix as dots,
December 14, 2016
How to Convince Molecules to Self-Assemble into Precise Hollow Nanotubes
The self-assembly of complex molecules containing water-attracting (hydrophilic) and water-repelling (hydrophobic) segments in water is important
November 30, 2016
Giving Friction the Slip with New Carbon Films
Tribology—the study of friction, wear, and lubrication—is critical to the efficiency and durability of engines and other moving metal
November 30, 2016
How to 3D Print on the Nanoscale
Precision control of nanometer scale 3D fabrication has been a longstanding research goal. Now, researchers have developed a 3D simulation that
November 30, 2016
Lining up for New High-Density Memory Devices
Scientists grew a vertically aligned nanocomposites lattice matched on a SrTiO3 (STO) substrate using laser deposition. These micrometer-thick
November 30, 2016
DNA + Nanoparticles = Self-Assembled “Diamond”
For the first time, scientists devised ordered arrays (superlattices) of nanoparticles, which organize in the same way that carbon atoms do within
November 29, 2016
Make No Assumptions in Building a Better Battery
Zinc-manganese oxide rechargeable batteries have been studied for more than 20 years, but the batteries usually stop working after a limited number
November 29, 2016
Magnetic Discovery Could Be Tip of the “Ice”berg
Current magnetic storage and recording devices, such as computer hard disks, contain nanomagnets with two polarities, each of which is used to
November 22, 2016
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Small, Efficient Solutions for a Big-Name Pollutant
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and odorless gas that is potentially fatal at elevated concentrations due to the prevention of oxygen flow to
November 22, 2016
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Confined Water at Fahrenheit -451
The interactions of water with the surrounding rock matrix are responsible for geothermal energy, the formation of many ore deposits, and a number
November 22, 2016
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Nanoparticle Catalysts Outperform Single Metal Atoms
Catalysis routinely allows an amazingly large number of chemical reactions to proceed under conditions where such reactions would ordinarily be
November 22, 2016
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Re-Energizing the Lithium-Ion Battery
In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have saturated the electronics market due to their widespread use in cell phones, laptop computers, and
November 22, 2016
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Greater than the Sum of Its Parts
One of the most infamous greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide. Because of the widespread awareness of the global warming effects of carbon dioxide, a
November 22, 2016
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Oxygen Takes Elitist Attitude to Sharing Electrons
The electrochemical reactions of oxygen gas are of great interest in many developing technologies such as solar energy conversion and energy
November 22, 2016
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A Natural Fondness for Plutonium
The threat of human exposure to synthetic radioactive elements, such as the actinides, has greatly increased over the last several decades, both
November 22, 2016
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Berkelium’s Unexpected Chemistry Has Been Captured
Scientists often use the Periodic Table to predict the properties of an element based on certain trends. For example, elements in the same column
November 22, 2016
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Improving Catalysis Science with Synchrotrons
X-ray synchrotron spectroscopy offers unique advantages over conventional materials characterization techniques, including higher detection