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Fridge magnet transformed

The ubiquitous and unremarkable magnet, BaFe12O19, is manufactured in large volumes, has the simplest crystal structure in its class, and is often seen on refrigerator doors—but it is set for an interesting future. By ...

dateMar 11, 2011 in General Physics
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Breaking nature's superfluid symmetry

Superfluids are an exotic state of matter in which particles flow without experiencing viscosity. Hiroki Ikegami and colleagues from the RIKEN Low Temperature Physics Laboratory in Wako have now observed another remarkable ...

dateSep 06, 2013 in General Physics
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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, including ...

dateDec 02, 2011 in General Physics
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Bioinspired catalyst splits water

Plants use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen. The process starts in a cluster of manganese, calcium and oxygen atoms at the heart of a protein complex called photosystem II, which splits ...

dateAug 08, 2014 in Materials Science
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