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How do liquid foams block sound?

Liquid foams have a remarkable property: they completely block the transmission of sound over a wide range of frequencies. CNRS physicists working in collaboration with teams from Paris Diderot and Rennes ...

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Research brings new control over topological insulator

An international team of scientists investigating the electronic properties of ultra-thin films of new materials – topological insulators (TIs) - has demonstrated a new method to tune their unique properties using strain.

High-strengh materials created under pressure

At Vienna University of Technology, materials for lightweight construction, protective clothing or sports equipment can be produced at high temperatures and high pressures. This process is faster, better ...

Genetic code of the deadly tsetse fly unraveled

Ocean microbes display remarkable genetic diversity

Data-mining for crystal 'gold' at SLAC's X-ray laser

A new tool for analyzing mountains of data from SLAC's Linac Coherent Lightsource (LCLS) X-ray laser can produce high-quality images of important proteins using fewer samples. Scientists hope to use it to ...

Researchers describe oxygen's different shapes

( —Oxygen-16, one of the key elements of life on earth, is produced by a series of reactions inside of red giant stars. Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, ...

Scientists combine bacteria with liquid crystals

( —When swimming around, bacteria aren't good with the "pool rules."  In small quantities, they'll follow the lanes, but put enough together and they'll begin to create their own flow.

Phase transiting to a new quantum universe

Habitable exoplanets are bad news for humanity

Untangling Brazil's controversial new forest code

Squeezing out the hidden lives of electrons

In our daily lives we tend to think of electrical conductivity as largely static: Copper is a good choice for conduction; clay is not. But heat up that copper wire, and electron conduction slows. Give a flake ...

A 'quantum leap' in encryption technology

Cell resiliency surprises scientists

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