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Silicon's double magic

The observation of a deformed atomic nucleus for a symmetric isotope of silicon suggests new forces at work.

Apr 12th, 2013

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Bose-Einstein condensates evaluated for quantum computers

A team of physicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology has examined how Bose-Einstein communication might work. The researchers determined the amount of time needed for quantum information to propagate across their BEC, essentially establishing the top speed at which such quantum computers could communicate.

Apr 11th, 2013

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Synchrotron used as a microscope to determine protein structure

A team led by David Reverter, a researcher at the Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (IBB) of the UAB, has determined for the first time the three-dimensional structure of a protein pair: LC8 and Nek9. Depending on whether or not they bind, Nek9 ensures that the chromosomes group and separate correctly during cell division.

Apr 11th, 2013

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Nanotechnology explained: Nanowires and nanotubes

Nanowires and nanotubes, slender structures that are only a few billionths of a meter in diameter but many thousands or millions of times longer, have become hot materials in recent years. They exist in many forms - made of metals, semiconductors, insulators and organic compounds - and are being studied for use in electronics, energy conversion, optics and chemical sensing, among other fields.

Apr 11th, 2013

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Diamond as a building material for optical circuits

The application of light for information processing opens up a multitude of possibilities. However, to be able to adequately use photons in circuits and sensors, materials need to have particular optical and mechanical properties. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now for the first time used polycrystalline diamond to manufacture optical circuits.

Apr 10th, 2013

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Overcoming a major barrier to medical and other uses of microrockets and micromotors

An advance in micromotor technology akin to the invention of cars that fuel themselves from the pavement or air is opening the door to new medical and industrial uses for these tiny devices, scientists said today. Their update on development of the motors - so small that thousands would fit inside this 'o' - was part of the 245th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Apr 10th, 2013

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