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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Feb. 10, 2016 — Often the most difficult step in taking atomic-resolution images of biological molecules is getting them to form high-quality crystals needed for X-ray studies of their structure. Now researchers ... read more

Quantum Potential: Where Light and Matter Co-Exist

Feb. 9, 2016 — Plasmons, quasiparticles arising from the collective motion of electrons on the surface of a metal, can strongly modify the behavior of nearby light, and could be instrumental in building some of the ... read more

Superconductivity: Footballs With No Resistance

Feb. 9, 2016 — Indications of light-induced lossless electricity transmission in fullerenes contribute to the search for superconducting materials for practical ... read more

An Interaction Between Perovskites and Quantum Dots Could Improve LED and Solar Technologies

Feb. 9, 2016 — Researchers have studied the interaction of two materials, halide perovskite and quantum dots, revealing enormous potential for the development of advanced LEDs and more efficient solar ... read more

Scientists Create Laser-Activated Superconductor

Feb. 8, 2016 — Shining lasers at superconductors can make them work at higher temperatures, suggests new findings from an international team of ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — Scientists have created a crystal structure that boosts the interaction between tiny bursts of light and individual electrons, an advance that could be a significant step toward establishing quantum ... read more

Feb. 8, 2016 — The interaction of thermal energy from the environment with motional degrees of freedom is well known and often referred to as Brownian motion (also thermal motion). But in the case of polar ... read more

Clean Energy from Water

Feb. 8, 2016 — Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels by using a conventional meter which requires blood sampling from the finger tips. The discomfort of pain and risk of infection ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — By creating and using the first optical attosecond pulse, scientists measured the time it takes electrons inside atoms to respond to the electromagnetic forces of ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have grown organic crystals that allow creating flexible electronic ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Laser self-mixing is a technique usually used for the measurement of low velocities and vibrations. Researchers how these measurements can be extended to velocities of fluids using additional seeding ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — California is committed to 33 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020. With that deadline fast approaching, researchers across the state are busy exploring options. Solar energy is attractive ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — Scientists have now presented the smallest human-made lattice structure. Its struts and braces are made of glassy carbon. They are smaller than comparable metamaterials by a factor of five. The small ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — The next generation of electronics, as well as ultra-sensitive medical diagnostics, could depend on near atomic scale cracks — or nanogaps — in electrodes. Now, researchers have developed a ... read more

Feb. 2, 2016 — A newly upgraded camera that incorporates light sensors is now one of the best cameras on the planet for studying outer space at red wavelengths that are too red for the human eye to ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — A team of investigators describes a new imaging spectrometer design that could enable improved images from NASA's Landsat, for better understanding of phenomena, and environments as diverse as ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — New transparent metamaterials under development could make possible computer chips and interconnecting circuits that use light instead of electrons to process and transmit data, representing a ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — In an experiment packed with scientific firsts, researchers have demonstrated that a laser pulse can accelerate an electron beam and couple it to a second laser plasma accelerator, where another ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have created the world's smallest integrated optical switch. Applying a small voltage causes an atom to relocate, turning the switch on or ... read more

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