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New physics unlocks the mechanism of the Kondo Effect

Researchers have made an experimental breakthrough in explaining a rare property of an exotic magnetic material, potentially opening a path to a host of new technologies. From information storage to magnetic refrigeration, many of tomorrow's most promising innovations rely on sophisticated magnetic materials, and this discovery opens the door to harnessing the physics that governs those materials.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2015

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Nanotechnology makes possible a robotic germ

As nanotechnology makes possible a world of machines too tiny to see, researchers are finding ways to combine living organisms with nonliving machinery to solve a variety of problems. Like other first-generation bio-robots, the new nanobot is a far cry from Robocop. It's a robotic germ.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2015

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Building shape inspires new material discovery

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive to build an improved computer chip using light.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2015

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Health-conscious concrete

Roads that self-repair, bridges filled with first-aid bubbles, buildings with arteries...not some futuristic fantasy but a very real possibility with 'smart' concrete.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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New technique could bring quality-control tool for nanocomposites

Layered nanocomposites containing tiny structures mixed into a polymer matrix are gaining commercial use, but their complex nature can hide defects that affect performance. Now researchers have developed a system capable of detecting such defects using a Kelvin probe scanning method with an atomic force microscope.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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