News tagged with atoms

Better measurements of single molecule circuits

It's nearly 50 years since Gordon Moore predicted that the density of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every two years. "Moore's Law" has turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy that ...

dateFeb 18, 2015 in Nanophysics
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Getting a grip on exotic atomic nuclei

A new model describing atomic nuclei, proposed by a physicist from the University of Warsaw Faculty of Physics, more accurately predicts the properties of various exotic isotopes that are created in supernova explosions or ...

dateFeb 18, 2015 in General Physics
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Voltage tester for beating cardiac cells

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in recording the current in membrane channels of contracting cardiac cells. To do this, the scientists combined an atomic force microscope with a widely used ...

dateFeb 17, 2015 in Bio & Medicine
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Improving energy efficiency one atom at a time

Paul Simmonds looks at his molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system the way other guys do a candy apple red Porsche. The sci-fi looking machine used to design and create new materials at the atomic level lights ...

dateFeb 17, 2015 in Nanophysics
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Removing color from brown diamonds

Diamonds come in all colours with price tags to match - ice-white, blue and pink attract high prices and stones with brown hues the least. But now that brown diamonds can be heat-treated to remove the darker ...

dateFeb 16, 2015 in Condensed Matter
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How iron feels the heat

As you heat up a piece of iron, the arrangement of the iron atoms changes several times before melting. This unusual behavior is one reason why steel, in which iron plays a starring role, is so sturdy and ...

dateFeb 13, 2015 in Condensed Matter
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