RIKEN

In search of a sugar's secrets

The discovery of the origin of enigmatic 'waste' sugar molecules within the cell also hints that they serve some as-yet-undefined function.

Nov 08, 2013
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One material, two types of magnetism

When placed next to a bar magnet, an aluminum ball draws gently towards the magnet. In contrast, a ball made of silver moves out of the magnetic field. The mechanisms underlying these different behaviors ...

Nov 22, 2012
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A nanoscale glimpse of batteries in action

Lithium–oxygen (Li–O2) batteries are a new type of experimental battery that electric car manufacturers are hoping will address the issue of limited driving range. Unlike the lithium-ion batteries used ...

Sep 13, 2013
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Manipulating the texture of magnetism

Knowing how to control the combined magnetic properties of interacting electrons will provide the basis to develop an important tool for advancing spintronics: a technology that aims to harness these properties ...

Feb 03, 2012
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Making sharper X-rays

A variety of imaging technologies rely on light with short wavelengths because it allows very small structures to be resolved. However, light sources which produce short, extreme ultraviolet or x-ray wavelengths ...

Mar 09, 2012
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