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For better batteries, just add water

Lithium-ion batteries are now found everywhere in devices such as cellular phones and laptop computers, where they perform well. In automotive applications, however, engineers face the challenge of squeezing ...

Jul 04, 2013 4.6 / 5 (26) 3 | with audio podcast

Antimatter sticks around

By successfully confining atoms of antihydrogen for an unprecedented 1,000 seconds, an international team of researchers called the ALPHA Collaboration has taken a step towards resolving one of the grand challenges ...

Sep 22, 2011 4.7 / 5 (21) 6 | with audio podcast

The debut of the antihydrogen beam

The standard model of particle physics suggests that matter and antimatter are equal and opposite in every way. Yet the observable Universe is made almost entirely of matter—an asymmetry that remains one ...

Mar 07, 2014 4.9 / 5 (19) 2

Sharpening the focus of microscopes

A new advanced imaging scheme—with a resolution ten times better than that of its counterparts to date—can resolve objects as small as atoms1. Previously, the maximum resolution of optical instruments, ...

Dec 02, 2011 4.7 / 5 (19) 2 | with audio podcast