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Wrinkle predictions

New mathematical theory may explain patterns in fingerprints, raisins, and microlenses.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2015

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Microscopic monitoring may yield advances in production of products, pharmaceuticals

A team of physicists has developed a method to monitor the properties of microscopic particles as they grow within a chemical reaction vessel, creating new opportunities to improve the quality and consistency of a wide range of industrial and consumer products. Their work offers benefits for commodities ranging from food and pharmaceuticals to perfumes and cosmetics.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2015

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A molecular sensor for 'crowd control' in cells

Scientists have developed a molecular sensor to measure 'crowding' in cells, which reflects the concentration of macromolecules present. The sensor provides quantitative information on the concentration of macromolecules in bacteria and in mammalian cells.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2015

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Dance of the nanovortices

The trajectories of small magnetic entities referred to as skyrmions have been captured and recorded with the help of X-ray holography. Researchers gained new insight from the analysis of this motion: these nanoscale vortices possess mass.

Posted: Feb 2nd, 2015

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Generating Moebius strips of light

Researchers have experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light's electromagnetic field to assume this peculiar shape.

Posted: Jan 30th, 2015

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