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Frustration produces a quantum playground

A deeper understanding of quantum fluctuations in 'frustrated' layered magnetic crystals could speed the development of devices that probe real-world systems using quantum effects.

Posted: Mar 27th, 2015

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Nanotechnology designer toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

The latest DNA nanodevices - including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator - may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate a breakthrough in the science of using DNA as a programmable building material for nanometer-scale structures and machines.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2015

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Chemists make new silicon-based nanomaterials

Researchers describe methods for making nanoribbons and nanoplates from a compound called silicon telluride. The materials are pure, p-type semiconductors (positive charge carriers) that could be used in a variety of electronic and optical devices.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2015

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Fluctuation X-ray scattering

In biology, materials science and the energy sciences, structural information provides important insights into the understanding of matter. The link between a structure and its properties can suggest new avenues for designed improvements of synthetic materials or provide new fundamental insights in biology and medicine at the molecular level.

Posted: Mar 26th, 2015

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