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Sprinkling spin physics onto a superconductor

Scientists have been studying the effects of embedding magnetic spins onto the surface of a superconductor. They report that the spins can interact differently than previously thought. This hybrid platform could be useful for quantum simulations of complex spin systems, having the special feature that the interactions may be controllable, something quite unusual for most condensed matter systems.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2014

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Quantum chance

Nicolas Gisin explains extraordinary phenomena like teleportation and quantum entanglement.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2014

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Nanotechnology and big data - the next industrial revolution?

A new report reviews the potential implications of nanotechnology on the safety and performance of engineering assets and the infrastructure on which modern society relies on, finds that nanotechnology will have a far reaching impact on almost every industry including energy, transportation, manufacturing, medical, computing and telecommunications.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2014

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Simulations for better transparent oxide layers

Touchscreens and solar cells rely on special oxide layers. However, errors in the layers' atomic structure impair not only their transparency, but also their conductivity. Using atomic models, researchers have found ways of identifying and removing these errors.

Posted: Sep 1st, 2014

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Nanofluids could be the key to getting the most out of the sun

A promising capture method for concentrated solar power plants, called volumetric absorption, uses the material both to capture and transport concentrated solar energy. Nanofluids - suspensions of nanoparticles in fluids - have great potential as volumetric solar absorbers.

Posted: Aug 31st, 2014

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Scientists pioneer strategy for creating new materials

Researchers used X-ray scattering during a process called molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to observe the behavior of atoms as a type of material known as layered oxides were being formed. These observations were then used as data for computational predictions of new materials, leading to insights on how to best combine atoms to form new, stable structures.

Posted: Aug 29th, 2014

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