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Study provides recipe for 'supercharging' atoms with X-ray laser

Researchers using the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have found a way to strip most of the electrons from xenon atoms, creating a 'supercharged', strongly positive state at energies previously thought too low.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2012

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A new way of making glass

A new way to make glass has been discovered by a collaboration of researchers at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Bristol using a method that controls how the atoms within a substance are arranged around each other.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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Good connections to nanoelectronics with graphene nanoribbons

The electronics of the future could use molecules to do their arithmetic. The tiny particles could then take over the tasks which are presently done by silicon transistors, for example. Researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin have used a nanowire which could potentially conduct current between molecular transistors or different components.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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Building bones from wood

European research has investigated ways of transforming complex, organised natural products such as wood to make materials suitable for rebuilding the human skeletal system.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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Novel bone implants

Novel biodegradable implants developed by the Newbone initiative are believed to revolutionise the field of prosthetics, offering faster healing of the injured site combined with complete biodegradation.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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First 'snapshots' of the electronic structure of a manganese complex related to water-splitting in photosynthesis

Together with a large international research team, Johannes Messinger of Umea University in Sweden has taken another step toward an understanding of photosynthesis and developing artificial photosynthesis. With a combination of a x-ray free-electron laser and spectroscopy, the team has managed to see the electronic structure of a manganese complex, a chemical compound related to how photosynthesis splits water.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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