Metal in chains

The electronic energy states allowed by quantum mechanics determine whether a solid is an insulator or whether it conducts electric current as a metal. Researchers at ETH have now theoretically predicted a novel material ...

Engineers envision an electronic switch just three atoms thick

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. Those instructions were once printed on punch cards that fed data to mainframe computers. Today's smart phones process more data, but they still weren't built for being shoved into back pockets.

NCNR neutrons highlight possible battery candidate

Analysis of a manganese-based crystal by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has produced the first clear picture of its molecular structure. ...

Scientists produce a novel form of artificial graphene

A new breed of ultra thin super-material has the potential to cause a technological revolution. "Artificial graphene" should lead to faster, smaller and lighter electronic and optical devices of all kinds, including higher ...

Science is harnessing shock waves to create new materials

(Phys.org) —Researchers at Purdue University are part of a national effort to develop new materials having super strength and other properties by using shock waves similar to those generated by meteorites striking the Earth.

Hybrid material as gold-leaf substitute

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers headed by Professor Raffaele Mezzenga has created a hybrid material out of gold and milk proteins that looks like a wafer-thin gold leaf. Thanks to its properties, it could be used in a ...

New insight into an intriguing state of magnetism

(Phys.org)—Magnonics is an exciting extension of spintronics, promising novel ways of computing and storing magnetic data. What determines a material's magnetic state is how electron spins are arranged (not everyday spin, ...

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