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Economizing on iridium for electrodes

Iridium is an ideal catalyst for the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water - but it is extremely expensive. But now a new kind of electrode made of highly porous material does an excellent job with just a hint of iridium.

Nov 19th, 2019

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Atoms don't like jumping rope

Nanooptical traps are a promising building block for quantum technologies. Scientists have now removed an important obstacle to their practical use. They were able to show that a special form of mechanical vibration heats trapped particles in a very short time and knocks them out of the trap.

Nov 19th, 2019

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A four-way switch promises greater tunability of layered materials

Scientists made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties - an advance that paves the way to eventual manipulation of electrical conduction in two-dimensional materials such as graphene.

Nov 18th, 2019

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A marvelous molecular machine

A finely-tuned molecular process in the camouflage of certain squid may lead to the next generation of bio-inspired synthetic materials.

Nov 15th, 2019

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How much does an AFM cost?

The answer to the question how much an atomic force microscope (AFM) costs is always 'it depends'. The pricing of scanning probe microscopes is influenced by many factors, like the performance, capabilities and modes you expect from your instrument, which in turn determine the components and complexity of the technology employed.

Nov 15th, 2019

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