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Restless atoms cause materials to age

Atoms have the habit of jumping through solids - a practice that physicists have recently been able to follow for the first time using a brand new method. This scientific advance was made possible thanks to the utilisation of cutting-edge X-ray sources, known as electron synchrotrons.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2009

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Putting a strain on nanowires could yield colossal results

In finally answering an elusive scientific question, researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that the selective placement of strain can alter the electronic phase and its spatial arrangement in correlated electron materials.

Posted: Sep 14th, 2009

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How much difference can a tenth of a nanometer make?

How much difference can a tenth of a nanometer make? When it comes to figuring out how proteins work, an improvement in resolution of that miniscule amount can mean the difference between seeing where atoms are and understanding how they interact.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2009

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When nano may not be nano

The same properties of nanoparticles that make them so appealing to manufacturers may also have negative effects on the environment and human health. However, little is known which particles may be harmful. Part of the problem is determining exactly what a nanoparticle is.

Posted: Sep 13th, 2009

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