Nanoparticles can grow in cubic shape

The efficiency of many applications deriving from natural sciences depends dramatically on a finite-size property of nanoparticles, so-called surface-to-volume ratio. The larger the surface of nanoparticles for the same volume ...

Vibrations make large landslides flow like fluid

A new study may finally explain why some landslides travel much greater distances than scientists would normally expect. A team of researchers used a sophisticated computer model to show that vibrations generated by large ...

Twists and turns of life: Patterns of DNA supercoiling

Scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, have elucidated genome-wide patterns in the complex structures formed by the DNA of bacteria ...

How exploring Mars could help us fight climate change on Earth

The surface of Mars is a cold desert. Scars in the landscape point to a history of flowing rivers, standing lakes and possibly even planetary oceans. Yet the current Martian atmosphere has a density that's around 0.6% of ...

Catching more of the sun

Combining quantum dots and organic molecules can enable solar cells to capture more of the sun's light.

Possible second Viking site discovered in North America

A team of archeologists has found what may be the remains of a previously unknown Viking settlement on a south west shore of the Island of Newfoundland. If the remains can be confirmed, the site would make it just the second ...

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