News tagged with atoms

Less is more when it comes to soot

Small particles emitted into air during the burning of hydrocarbon fuels damage the human respiratory system and enhance the greenhouse effect. In their agglomerated form, these particles form soot that consists predominantly ...

dateApr 05, 2016 in Environment
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New use for X-rays: A radar gun for unruly atoms

X-rays have long been used to make pictures of tiny objects, even single atoms. Now a team of scientists has discovered a new use for X-rays at the atomic scale: using them like a radar gun to measure the motion and velocity ...

dateMar 31, 2016 in Nanophysics
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Measuring the magnetization of wandering spins

The swirling field of a magnet—rendered visible by a sprinkling of iron filings—emerges from the microscopic behavior of atoms and their electrons. In permanent magnets, neighboring atoms align and lock into place to ...

dateMar 31, 2016 in Quantum Physics
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Flat boron is a superconductor

Rice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2-D material with such potential.

dateMar 31, 2016 in Nanophysics
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