Mind-blowing giant crystals—what can they teach us?

Giant gypsum crystals—some of which are in excess of 30 feet long and half a million years old—are found deep within the Naica mine in Chihuahua, Mexico and are renowned for their spectacular beauty. While large gypsum ...

Co-crystals successfully turn liquids into solids

A new approach for formulating the active chemical ingredients of common drugs and agricultural products has been developed by researchers in Italy, and it holds broad potential to make such products more durable, safer, ...

Boosting microelectronics with a little liquid logic

Certain titanium-based metal oxides can form a crystal structure known as perovskite that results in a subtle internal imbalance of electric charges. This imbalance gives the material the ability to flip between two 'ferroelectric' ...

High-energy particle collisions reveal the unexpected

The nucleus of an atom is composed of protons and neutrons, which are themselves made up of elementary particles called quarks and gluons. Observing these elementary particles is difficult and typically involves smashing ...

Fury in Russia over new Wi-Fi curbs

A new government decree requiring Russians to provide their passport details when logging on to public Wi-Fi networks had Internet users up in arms on Friday.

Watch Pluto and Charon engage in their orbital dance

Now here's something I guarantee you've never seen before: a video of the dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon showing the two distinctly separate worlds actually in motion around each other! Captured by the steadily-approaching ...

Bioinspired catalyst splits water

Plants use photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen. The process starts in a cluster of manganese, calcium and oxygen atoms at the heart of a protein complex called photosystem II, which splits ...

Publish don't perish thanks to new iPhone app

A new app developed at the University of Otago is already helping researchers in over 20 countries connect more effectively with journals that could publish their research.

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