News tagged with atoms

Cagey material acts as alcohol factory

Some chemical conversions are harder than others. Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid alcohol has so far been a logistic and economic challenge. But now, a new material, designed ...

Jul 29, 2014
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Microscopy charges ahead

(Phys.org) —Ferroelectric materials – substances in which there is a slight and reversible shift of positive and negative charges – have surfaces that are coated with electrical charges like roads covered ...

May 29, 2014
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Chemical sensor on a chip

Using miniaturized laser technology, a tiny sensor has been built at the Vienna University of Technology which can test the chemical composition of liquids.

Jun 11, 2014
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Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets

Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, ...

Jul 24, 2014
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DNA double helix measurements

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) have determined the structure of DNA from measurements on a single molecule using atomic force microscopy ...

May 15, 2014
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