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DNA double helix measurements

Researchers have determined the structure of DNA from measurements on a single molecule using atomic force microscopy, and found significant variations in the well-known double helix.

Posted: May 14th, 2014

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Ultrafast laser technique developed to observe electron action

Physicists have developed a new ultrafast light source for observing electron motion in molecules - made up of nuclei and electrons - at the point before the nuclei start to move. By being able to observe what actually happens, scientists can begin to understand how an electron interacts with other electrons, which may help improve the efficiency of solar cells.

Posted: May 13th, 2014

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New MURI grants enable nanotechnology research programs related to green chemistry and energy sustainability

Scientists from five Rice University research groups, including four from Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics, are embarking on new nanotechnology research programs related to green chemistry, energy sustainability and computer security, thanks to two new multimillion-dollar grants from the Department of Defense?s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).

Posted: May 13th, 2014

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Quantum trimer - From a distance

Some years ago, quantum physicists provided experimental proof of Efimov states - a phenomenon that until then had been known only in theory. Now they have also measured the second Efimov resonance of three particles in an ultracold quantum gas, thus, proving the periodicity of this universal physical phenomenon experimentally.

Posted: May 13th, 2014

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