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An octave spanning chip-based optical ruler

New microresonators produce light over a range of more than an octave and are at the same time precisely tunable. This achievement brings a variety of applications into reach, such as optical telecommunications or the precise calibration of spectrographs in astrophysics.

Posted: Aug 8th, 2011

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Wo Elektronen im Stau stehen

Der duennste Draht der Welt, hergestellt aus purem Gold, wird von Physikern der Universitaeten Wuerzburg und Kassel untersucht. Fuer Aufsehen sorgt jetzt seine ungewoehnliche elektrische Leitfaehigkeit: Die Elektronen bewegen sich nicht frei durch den Draht, sondern wie Autos im Stop-and-Go-Verkehr.

Posted: Aug 8th, 2011

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Tricolor liquid crystals

Thermal and mechanical stimuli switch the luminescence of a liquid-crystal mixture between three different colors.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2011

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Electrons and lattice vibrations - a strong team in the nano world

Using a newly developed type of spectroscopy, Berlin researchers have shown that electrons in a semiconductor are best described as a cloud with a size of a few nanometer. The cloud size is determined by the interaction of the electron with vibrations in the crystal lattice.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2011

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The Molecular Workbench wins SPORE award

This June, the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Molecular Workbench won the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) for its contribution as an innovative tool for science education.

Posted: Aug 5th, 2011

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Blutgerinnung: Forschung mittels Computersimulation und medizinisch angewandter Nanotechnologie

Wissenschaftler des Heidelberger Instituts fuer Theoretische Studien (HITS) und Aerzte der Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim sind an einer neuen Forschergruppe der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft zur Blutgerinnung beteiligt. Langfristiges Ziel der Zusammenarbeit von Wissenschaftlern ist es, die Diagnostik und Therapie von Blutgerinnungsstoerungen, Thrombosen und Schlaganfaellen zu verbessern.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2011

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Researchers uncover new catalysis site

A new collaborative study at the University of Virginia details for the first time a new type of catalytic site where oxidation catalysis occurs, shedding new light on the inner workings of the process.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2011

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New bounds in magnetic writing

Researchers demonstrate switching of a perpendicularly magnetized cobalt dot driven by in-plane current injection at room temperature.

Posted: Aug 4th, 2011

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