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Manipulating electron spin mechanically

(Phys.org) —Contrary to many textbook illustrations, electrons aren't just balls floating around an atom. In quantum theory, they're more like little tops, exhibiting "spin," and each creating its own tiny ...

dateDec 04, 2013 in General Physics
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Copper shock: An atomic-scale stress test

(Phys.org) —Scientists used the powerful X-ray laser at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to create movies detailing trillionths-of-a-second changes in the arrangement ...

dateOct 22, 2013 in General Physics
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Disorder creates rust protection

Corrosion eats away 75 billion euros of economic output annually in Germany alone. But it may soon be possible to better assess which steels and other alloys will be affected, and how to limit the damage: ...

dateAug 09, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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