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Quantum cycles power cold-atom pump

By periodically jostling many individual atoms, researchers were able to shift an entire atomic cloud without any apparent overall motion by its constituents. The team is the first to test this predicted behavior, which arises in what they call a geometric charge pump.

Posted: May 24th, 2016

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Optics breakthrough to revamp night vision

A breakthrough could make infra-red technology easy-to-use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defence and other areas using sensing devices, and boosting applications of technology to a host of new areas, such as agriculture.

Posted: May 24th, 2016

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Powering nanotechnology with the world's smallest engine

In the minuscule world of nanotechnology, big steps are rare. But a recent development has the potential to massively improve our lives: an engine measuring 200 billionths of a metre, which could power tiny robots to fight diseases in living cells.

Posted: May 24th, 2016

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Gigantic ultrafast spin currents

Scientists are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics.

Posted: May 24th, 2016

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