Liquid crystals controlled by magnetic fields may lead to new optical applications
The energetic origins of life
Simulating superconducting materials with ultracold atoms (w/ Video)
Using ultracold atoms as a stand-in for electrons, a Rice University-based team of physicists has simulated superconducting materials and made headway on a problem that's vexed physicists for nearly three ...
Study identifies two biomarkers for lack of sleep
Research team succeeds in building transistors using silicene
Scientists discover organism that hasn't evolved in more than 2 billion years
(Phys.org)—An international team of scientists has discovered the greatest absence of evolution ever reported—a type of deep-sea microorganism that appears not to have evolved over more than 2 billion ...
New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability
If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one.
Battery recipe: Deep-fried graphene pom-poms
Microscopy reveals how atom-high steps impede oxidation of metal surfaces
Rust never sleeps. Whether a reference to the 1979 Neil Young album or a product designed to protect metal surfaces, the phrase invokes the idea that corrosion from oxidation—the more general chemical name ...
Research pair devise a way to make nylon precursor that is less harmful to the ozone layer
Superconductivity without cooling
Superconductivity is a remarkable phenomenon: superconductors can transport electric current without any resistance and thus without any losses whatsoever. It is already in use in some niche areas, for example ...
Oxygen levels were only 0.1 percent of today's levels for roughly billion years before rise of animals
(Phys.org) —Geologists are letting the air out of a nagging mystery about the development of animal life on Earth.
Researchers discover a way to tease oxygen molecules from carbon dioxide
Rethinking basic science of graphene synthesis shows route to industrial-scale production
A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century's wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene—a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super ...