#### Magnetic materials: Forging ahead with a back-to-basics approach

Scientists have recently started to explore the possibility of using an intrinsic property of the electron known as spin for processing and storing information. Magnetic fields can influence the dynamics ...

#### When diffusion depends on chronology

The Internet, motorways and other transport systems, and many social and biological systems are composed of nodes connected by edges. They can therefore be represented as networks. Scientists studying diffusion ...

#### Pendulum swings back on 350-year-old mathematical mystery

(Phys.org) —A 350-year-old mathematical mystery could lead toward a better understanding of medical conditions like epilepsy or even the behavior of predator-prey systems in the wild, University of Pittsburgh researchers ...

#### Rising sea levels threaten migratory birds

Millions of birds that stop at coastal wetlands during annual migrations could die as rising sea levels and land reclamation wipe out their feeding grounds, researchers warned Monday.

#### Academics grapple with balancing their research with the need to communicate it to the public

Researchers today more than ever focus their work on real-world problems, often times making their research relevant to the public locally, regionally and sometimes nationally. But engaging the public in their research can ...

#### DNA's double stranded stretch

(Phys.org)—Theoretical physicists like to play with very unconventional toys. Manoel Manghi from Toulouse University in France and his colleagues have adopted a seemingly playful approach to examining what happens to a ...

#### Novel approach distinguishes cause-and-effect from misleading correlation

#### New research could help winemakers with 'stuck' batches

(Phys.org)—Batches of wine that get "stuck" or slowed during the fermentation process pose a big problem for winemakers, costing them time, money and a lot of ruined batches.

#### More gold -- and other minerals -- in them thar hills?

Though technology has taken much of the guesswork out of mining, mountain ranges are still notoriously difficult environments in which to hunt for valuable minerals. Various methods used to draw a picture of the underground ...

#### The Big Bang versus the 'Big Bounce'

Two fundamental concepts in physics, both of which explain the nature of the Universe in many ways, have been difficult to reconcile with each other. European researchers developed a mathematical approach ...

#### New technique allows simulation of noncrystalline materials

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at MIT and in Spain has found a new mathematical approach to simulating the electronic behavior of noncrystalline materials, which may eventually play an important ...

#### Modeling the demise of migrating brain tumor cells

An Israeli physicist has developed a theoretical model to simulate the evolution of highly proliferating brain tumour core cells subjected to treatment by alternating radio frequency electric field. The research, by Alexander ...

#### Using math to feed the world

In the race to breed better crops to feed the increasing world population, scientists at The University of Nottingham are using maths to find out how a vital plant hormone affects growth.

#### Combining centuries-old mathematical theorems provides efficient approach for characterizing nanoparticles' shape

(PhysOrg.com) -- Gregg Gallatin, a researcher at the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, has shown that combining a nineteenth century flux theorem with an eighteenth century mathematical operation provides ...