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Study discovers atoms can bond

The molecule 'beryllium dimer' has mystified chemists for many years. Recent measurements have helped scientists identify 11 vibrational levels, and now a US-Czech team of researchers sheds light on a 12th level.

Jan 15th, 2010

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Insight into attosecond physics

The new homepage of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics at Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and Ludwig Maximilian's University of Munich gives an insight into their research on ultrafast processes in nature.

Jan 15th, 2010

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Chemical Nanotechnology Talks X - Green nano: Challenges of sustainability

Chemical Nanotechnology Talks (CNT) is an event for international participants, stressing chemical nanotechnology. Every year there is a focus on a particular theme. This year's focus, on January 26-27 in Frankfurt/Germany lies on 'Green Nano: Challenges of Sustainability' including themes like resources, energy and environment.

Jan 15th, 2010

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A matterless double-slit

According to the foundations of quantum mechanics, two different given paths for quantum particles may interfere. Such a so-called 'double-slit' scenario is put forward devoid of material constituents, consisting instead entirely of light.

Jan 15th, 2010

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Harnessing the divas of the nanoworld

Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are the divas of the nanoworld. In possession of alluring properties, they are also notoriously temperamental compared to their carbon-based cousins.

Jan 14th, 2010

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All smoothed out - hydroxyl radicals remove nanoscopic irregularities on polished gold surfaces

The precious metal gold is the material of choice for many technical applications because it does not corrode - and because it also has interesting electrical, magnetic, and optical properties. In these applications, it is extremely important that the surface of the gold be completely clean and smooth. However, conventional processes not only 'polish' away the undesirable irregularities, but also attack the gold surface.

Jan 14th, 2010

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