Archive: 03/1/2012

Diamonds are a probe’s best friend

Surface imperfections in devices such as gears or levers can have disastrous effects on reliability. Recent studies have demonstrated the usefulness of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) — instruments that use tiny silicon-based ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Nanophysics
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Catalyser for clean rainforest air

(PhysOrg.com) -- The atmosphere’s robust capacity to clean itself is owed to the consistent recycling of its cleaning agent. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have now clarified ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Sailing in a sea of microbes

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers led by Matt Sullivan at the University of Arizona are among the first to dive into the world of viruses drifting through the world's oceans.

dateMar 01, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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An electrical switch for magnetic current

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new mechanism will make it possible to switch data storage in the future. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics in Halle use a short electric pulse to change ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Condensed Matter
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