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Nanotechnology breakthrough: Solving the case of the herringbone crystal

Nanoscientists created beautiful, tiled patterns with flat nanocrystals, but they were left with a mystery: Why did some sets of crystals arrange themselves in an alternating, herringbone style? To find out, they turned to experts in computer simulation at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

May 12th, 2013

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Graphene joins the race to redefine the ampere

A new joint innovation by the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Cambridge could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics. The world's first graphene single-electron pump provides the speed of electron flow needed to create a new standard for electrical current based on electron charge.

May 12th, 2013

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New magnetic graphene may revolutionize electronics

Researchers have managed to give graphene magnetic properties. The breakthrough opens the door to the development of graphene-based spintronic devices, that is, devices based on the spin or rotation of the electron, and could transform the electronics industry.

May 10th, 2013

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X-rays in the fast lane

An amplification mechanism for x-rays promises high-energy pulses at pulse lengths short enough to observe the movement of electrons around atoms.

May 10th, 2013

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The changing phase of quantum materials

A theoretical model that predicts how the properties of topological insulators vary under external influence could aid the search for an ideal material for quantum computers.

May 10th, 2013

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Charting Europe's nanotechnology roadmap

In a field which requires a high degree of coordinated effort involving many different stakeholder groups, including researchers, policymakers and commercial players across a wide variety of industrial sectors, it has perhaps been inevitable that fragmentation, disconnectedness and duplication have stood in the way. NANOfutures was set up in 2010 to tackle exactly this problem of fragmentation.

May 10th, 2013

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Scientists demonstrate pear shaped atomic nuclei

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that some atomic nuclei can assume the shape of a pear which contributes to our understanding of nuclear structure and the underlying fundamental interactions.

May 9th, 2013

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