American Institute of Physics

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 ...

dateOct 29, 2013 in General Physics
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The microscopic topography of ink on paper

A team of Finnish scientists has found a new way to examine the ancient art of putting ink to paper in unprecedented 3-D detail. The technique could improve scientists' understanding of how ink sticks to ...

dateApr 14, 2015 in Nanophysics
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New technology for bioseparation

Separating target molecules in biological samples is a critical part of diagnosing and detecting diseases. Usually the target and probe molecules are mixed and then separated in batch processes that require ...

dateSep 17, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Harvesting light, the single-molecule way

New insights into one of the molecular mechanisms behind light harvesting, the process that enables photosynthetic organisms to thrive, even as weather conditions change from full sunlight to deep cloud cover, ...

dateFeb 16, 2014 in General Physics
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Magnetic shielding of ion beam thruster walls

Electric rocket engines known as Hall thrusters, which use a super high-velocity stream of ions to propel a spacecraft in space, have been used successfully onboard many missions for half a century. Erosion of the discharge ...

dateFeb 13, 2013 in General Physics
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Unraveling genetic networks

If genes are the currency of life, then the whole economies are genetic networks, which include genes as well as the complex webs of interactions and interconnections between them. Genetic networks are integrally important ...

dateJul 29, 2013 in General Physics
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