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Researchers trick solid into acting as liquid

Scientists have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

Sep 1st, 2016

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Making the switch, this time with an insulator

Physicists, joining the fundamental pursuit of using electron spins to store and manipulate information, have demonstrated a new approach to doing so, which could prove useful in the application of low-power computer memory.

Sep 1st, 2016

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Researchers find transition point in semiconductor nanomaterials

Researchers have demonstrated that electronic interactions play a significant role in the dimensional crossover of semiconductor nanomaterials. The show that a critical length scale marks the transition between a zero-dimensional, quantum dot and a one-dimensional nanowire.

Aug 31st, 2016

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Synthetic chemistry in a very small space

Thanks to a new process, it is now possible to systematically test a large number of chemical reactions in a very small space and within a short time. It enables freely selectable molecules embedded in solid materials to react with each other in a nanometer-sized space.

Aug 31st, 2016

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Magnetism under the magnifying glass

Being able to determine magnetic properties of materials with sub-nanometer precision would greatly simplify development of magnetic nano-structures for future spintronic devices. In a new article, physicists make a big step towards this goal.

Aug 31st, 2016

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Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of materials

Researchers are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. The ability to see at this subatomic level is crucial in designing new materials with unprecedented properties, such as materials that transition from metals to semiconductors or that exhibit superconductivity.

Aug 31st, 2016

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Researchers peel back another layer of chemistry with 'tender' X-rays

Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit. The X-ray tools and techniques could be extended, researchers say, to provide new insight about battery performance and corrosion, a wide range of chemical reactions, and even biological and environmental processes that rely on similar chemistry.

Aug 31st, 2016

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