American Institute of Physics

What water looks like to DNA

A team of biochemists and mathematicians have developed a sophisticated geometric model to predict how a biological molecule will interact with water molecules, computing the results up to 20 times faster ...

Nov 19, 2013 5 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast

Next-generation semiconductors synthesis

Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitations—including that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative ...

Nov 08, 2013 4.6 / 5 (16) 0 | with audio podcast

New aluminum alloy stores hydrogen

We use aluminum to make planes lightweight, store sodas in recyclable containers, keep the walls of our homes energy efficient and ensure that the Thanksgiving turkey is cooked to perfection. Now, thanks ...

Nov 05, 2013 4.5 / 5 (12) 1 | with audio podcast

Designing an acoustic diode

Most people know about ultrasound through its role in prenatal imaging: those grainy, grey outlines of junior constructed from reflected sound waves. A new technology called an "acoustic diode," envisioned ...

Nov 01, 2013 4.4 / 5 (19) 0 | with audio podcast

Safer nuclear fuels

Exploratory research on revolutionary new types of nuclear fuel pellets that would be safer in the event of a nuclear disaster has yielded promising results, according to a team of scientists from the University of Tennessee ...

Oct 29, 2013 3.8 / 5 (4) 4

Seeing in the dark

Thermal infrared (IR) energy is emitted from all things that have a temperature greater than absolute zero. Human eyes, primarily sensitive to shorter wavelength visible light, are unable to detect or differentiate ...

Oct 29, 2013 5 / 5 (8) 0 | with audio podcast

Cat's eyes: Designing the perfect mixer

As any amateur baker knows, proper mixing is crucial to a perfect pastry. Mix too little and ingredients will not be evenly distributed; beat instead of fold, and a soufflé will fall flat. Mixing strategies ...

Oct 29, 2013 4.5 / 5 (2) 0

Extracting energy from bacteria

Most of us wouldn't consider bacteria a promising energy source of the future. That would be shortsighted, says Leonard Tender, a microbial-electrochemist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., who believes ...

Oct 29, 2013 4 / 5 (1) 0

Measuring blood sugar with light

One of the keys to healthful living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is monitoring blood glucose (sugar) levels to ensure they remain at stable levels. People can easily and reliably do this at home using electronic devices ...

Oct 25, 2013 5 / 5 (5) 1