RIKEN

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 5 / 5 (5) 1

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 5 / 5 (5) 0

A tighter fit with artificial DNA

An artificial base that enhances the protein-binding affinity and selectivity of DNA expands the DNA machinery.DNA aptamers are expected to play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of various ...

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

Quantum dots make efficient decisions

Even the simplest forms of life face an endless barrage of decisions—where to search for sustenance, for example, or how to avoid predators. Various mathematical models can mimic these decision-making processes, ...

Nov 22, 2013 4.2 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast

Helping robots learn to walk

Fully autonomous robots could transform the way we live, but so far such machines remain beyond the reach of our most advanced technologies. Existing robots are generally limited to performing simple, well-structured ...

Feb 28, 2014 5 / 5 (5) 0

Magnetic vortices with electric sense

In the field of magnetic materials, a rapidly expanding area of study concerns stable nanometer-scale spin arrangements. Spins are the fundamental magnetic entities in solids, and patterns made of several ...

Aug 17, 2012 4.8 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast