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Explainer: What is a superconductor?

Materials can be divided into two categories based on their ability to conduct electricity. Metals, such as copper and silver, allow electrons to move freely and carry with them electrical charge. Insulators, such as rubber ...

dateMar 05, 2015 in Superconductivity
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Scientist provides new fluid dynamics insights

New calculations by a theoretical astrophysicist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) provide tools that open a door to exploring the history of events in astrophysical flows and in plasma fusion devices described ...

dateMay 27, 2015 in Soft Matter
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Putting a new spin on computing memory

Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode ...

dateApr 22, 2015 in General Physics
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New X-ray actions revealed

Potentially destructive high-energy electrons streak into Earth's atmosphere from space, not as Shakespeare's "gentle rain from heaven," but at velocities approaching the speed of light.

dateJul 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Solving streptide from structure to biosynthesis

Bacteria speak to one another using peptide signals in a soundless language known as quorum sensing. In a step towards translating bacterial communications, researchers at Princeton University have revealed the structure ...

dateMay 16, 2015 in Biochemistry
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