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Tuning in to noisy interference

Establishing a detailed knowledge of the noise properties of superconducting systems is an important step towards the development of quantum computers, which will enable new types of computing. However, the ...

Jul 29, 2011 4 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Moving forward, spin goes sideways

Building electronic devices that work without needing to actually transport electrons is a goal of spintronics researchers, since this could lead to: reduced power consumption, lower levels of signal noise, faster ...

Oct 07, 2011 4 / 5 (3) 1

X-rays in the fast lane

X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) produce higher-power laser pulses over a broader range of energies compared with most other x-ray sources. Although the pulse durations currently available are enormously ...

May 10, 2013 3 / 5 (4) 1

Know your tomatoes

Genetically modified (GM) tomatoes look much the same as traditional varieties (Fig. 1). But are they? By comparing the chemical diversity of strains of GM tomatoes with a control strain and traditional reference ...

May 13, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 3

Embracing superficial imperfections

Chemists normally work rigorously to exclude impurities from their reactions. This is especially true for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments that can produce atomic-scale images of surfaces. Using ...

Jul 01, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Insights into the story of the eye

(PhysOrg.com) -- Although it is well established that embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have the capacity to develop into every adult cell type in the body, mysteries abound regarding the process by which the differentiation ...

Jul 04, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 1

Unfazed by imperfections

While insulating against electrical currents in their interior, the surface of materials called topological insulators permits the flow of electron spins relatively unhindered. The almost lossless flow ...

Jul 08, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 1

A new role for cytokinin plant hormones

When plants, including crops, are exposed to environmental stresses such as drought or high salinity, abscisic acid (ABA), a stress-responsive hormone is synthesized to induce a protective response. At the same time, the ...

Sep 09, 2011 3.3 / 5 (3) 0