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New approach produces cleanest graphene yet, with previously unrealized performance

Columbia Engineering researchers have experimentally demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to electrically contact an atomically thin two-dimensional material only along its one-dimensional edge, rather than contacting it from the top, which has been the conventional approach. With this new contact architecture, they have developed a new assembly technique for layered materials that prevents contamination at the interfaces, and, using graphene as the model 2D material, show that these two methods in combination result in the cleanest graphene yet realized.

Oct 31st, 2013

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Micromotors mix for more effective oxidative degradation of chemical weapons

Rapidly and efficiently converting chemical weapons into nontoxic products in remote areas is one of the most difficult tasks in the disposal of weapons of mass destruction. A team from the University of California, San Diego has now described how self-propelled micromotors can accelerate the oxidative neutralization of nerve agents by intensively mixing the remediation solution.

Oct 31st, 2013

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Plasma and nanotechnology applications through maths

Scientists are keen to shed light on the motion of particles in plasma physics, as well as the dynamics of rarefied gas - a gas whose pressure is much lower than atmospheric pressure. How can this be done? An EU-funded team of researchers has come up with a solution.

Oct 31st, 2013

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Giant atom eats quantum gas

A team of experimental and theoretical physicists studied a single micrometer sized atom. This atom contains tens of thousands of normal atoms in its electron orbital.

Oct 31st, 2013

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New mod in Minecraft introduces gaming kids to quantum principles (w/video)

Finding common ground between schoolchildren and quantum mechanics researchers is no easy task. After all, understanding quantum mechanics - the physics that governs the behavior of matter and light at the atomic (and subatomic) scale - can be daunting even for some physicists. However, through a recent collaboration with Google, researchers at Caltech have created a new space for this unlikely interaction - in the world of Minecraft, a popular video game.

Oct 31st, 2013

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