News tagged with crystallinity

Plant toughness: Key to cracking biofuels?

Along with photosynthesis, the plant cell wall is one of the features that most set plants apart from animals. A structural molecule called cellulose is necessary for the manufacture of these walls. Cellulose is synthesized ...

dateFeb 21, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Materials that shrink when heated

One common reason that people with fillings experience toothache is that their fillings expand at a different rate to the original tooth when, for example, drinking a hot drink. Contrary to intuition, however, not all materials ...

dateFeb 09, 2012 in Materials Science
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Manipulating the texture of magnetism

Knowing how to control the combined magnetic properties of interacting electrons will provide the basis to develop an important tool for advancing spintronics: a technology that aims to harness these properties for computation ...

dateFeb 03, 2012 in General Physics
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The enduring mystery of snowflakes

Who hasn't caught a snowflake in a mitten and marveled at its starlike detail, and then recalled that no two snowflakes are alike? But these crystals of ice are even more different than one might imagine - there are needle-like ...

dateDec 28, 2011 in General Physics
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