Nano switch could store memory using coordinated 'dance' of atoms
Scientists go to great lengths to extend superlow friction
Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-resolution spectroscopy
A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible.
Researchers build atomically thin gas and chemical sensors
The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials ...
Scientists find strongest natural material
Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to man, a new study has found.
Ancient rocks show life could have flourished on Earth 3.2 billion years ago
A spark from a lightning bolt, interstellar dust, or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth. But what happened next? Life can exist without oxygen, but without plentiful nitrogen ...
Researchers glimpse distortions in atomic structure of materials
Researchers from North Carolina State University are using a technique they developed to observe minute distortions in the atomic structure of complex materials, shedding light on what causes these distortions ...
Scientists get first glimpse of a chemical bond being born
Scientists have used an X-ray laser at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to get the first glimpse of the transition state where two atoms begin to form a weak bond on the way ...
NASA's LRO discovers lunar hydrogen more abundant on moon's pole-facing slopes
Space travel is difficult and expensive – it would cost thousands of dollars to launch a bottle of water to the moon. The recent discovery of hydrogen-bearing molecules, possibly including water, on the ...
Breakthrough in particle control creates special half-vortex rotation
A breakthrough in the control of a type of particle known as the polariton has created a highly specialised form of rotation.
Fierce 'superflares' from the sun zapped an infant Earth
Our young sun may have routinely blasted Earth with gobs of energy more powerful than any similar bombardments recorded in human history.
The construction of ordered nanostructures from benzene
A way to link benzene rings together in a highly ordered three-dimensional helical structure using a straightforward polymerization procedure has been discovered by researchers from RIKEN Center for Sustainable ...
Scientists observe the transition state in a chemical reaction on a catalyst's surface
For the first time, an international scientists' team observed the volatile intermediate stages which appear when carbon monoxide oxidises on a hot ruthenium surface, an ordinary catalyst. The scientists, ...
Japan clocks keep time for 16 billion years
Japanese researchers have built a pair of clocks which they say are so accurate they will lose a second only every 16 billion years—longer than the Earth has been around.