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Optics get magnetic powers

For decades, scientists have studied a class of materials called ‘multiferroics’ in which static electric and magnetic structures are coupled to each other. This allows capabilities such as controlling ...

Feb 03, 2012
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The origin of organic magnets

Electrical engineers are starting to consider materials made from organic molecules -- including those made from carbon atoms -- as an intriguing alternative to the silicon and metals used currently in electronic ...

Mar 02, 2012
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Nanoscale constrictions open up

If people bump into one another too often at a building’s entrance, the owner could opt to build a larger doorway. But physicists from the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute in Wako have shown that this ...

Aug 17, 2012
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From a drop of blood, a clone

Over the last few decades, scientists have drawn upon a powerful arsenal of biotechnology techniques to establish a wide variety of genetically engineered mouse strains. These animals represent invaluable ...

Aug 16, 2013
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The origin of the turtle shell: Mystery solved

A team of RIKEN researchers has finally solved the riddle of how the turtle shell originated. By observing the development of different animal species and confirming their results with fossil analysis and ...

Jul 09, 2013
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