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X-rays capture electron 'dance'

(Phys.org)—The way electrons move within and between molecules, transferring energy as they go, plays an important role in many chemical and biological processes, such as the conversion of sunlight to energy ...

Jan 31, 2013 4.6 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

Blackening copper opens new applications

(Phys.org)—Copper is one of the world's most widely used metals. Now researchers at the University of Dundee have found that blackening copper using industry-standard lasers could make it even more adaptable and efficient.

Jan 16, 2013 4.5 / 5 (4) 2 | with audio podcast

Chips that can steer light

If you want to create a moving light source, you have a few possibilities. One is to mount a light emitter in some kind of mechanical housing—the approach used in, say, theatrical spotlights, which stagehands ...

Jan 09, 2013 4.3 / 5 (9) 2 | with audio podcast