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A laser, a crystal and molecular structures

September 30, 2019

Researchers have built a new tool to study molecules using a laser, a crystal and light detectors. This…
A New Model of Heat Transfer in Crystals Was Developed by Russian Scientists

August 30, 2019

Today’s physicists mostly focus either on massive objects like black holes or on atom-sized objects. In both cases,…
Summer Snow

August 5, 2019

It’s summertime at the Dead Sea, and for locals and visitors alike enjoying the large saltwater lake shared…
‘Digital alchemy’ to reverse-engineer new materials

July 8, 2019

In work that upends materials design, researchers have demonstrated with computer simulations that they can design a crystal…
Crystal with a twist: scientists grow spiraling new material

June 20, 2019

With a simple twist of the fingers, one can create a beautiful spiral from a deck of cards.…
Engineers Use Graph Networks to Accurately Predict Properties of Molecules and Crystals

June 11, 2019

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new deep learning models that can accurately predict…
New mineral classification system captures Earth’s complex past

June 5, 2019

The first minerals to form in the universe were nanocrystalline diamonds, which condensed from gases ejected when the…
Dynamic compression provides new insight into understanding and predicting crystal growth

June 5, 2019

Crystal growth is a crucial issue for fundamental science and wide applications. The growth morphology and speed are…
Designing a Key to Unlock Parkinson’s Disease

April 3, 2019

Parkinson’s disease affects more than 5 million people on Earth. Research on the International Space Station could provide…
Supercrystal: A hidden phase of matter created by a burst of light

March 25, 2019

“Frustration” plus a pulse of laser light resulted in a stable “supercrystal” created by a team of researchers…
Scientists discover chiral crystals exhibiting exotic quantum effects

March 22, 2019

An international team of researchers has discovered that certain classes of crystals with an asymmetry like biological “handedness,”…
The Best Topological Conductor Yet: Spiraling Crystal Is the Key to Exotic Discovery

March 21, 2019

X-ray research at Berkeley Lab reveals samples are a new state of matter. The realization of so-called topological…
How antifreeze proteins make ice crystals grow

March 18, 2019

Bacteria, plants, insects, or even fish use antifreeze proteins to protect themselves from the cold. The proteins block…
Scientists track patterns of island growth in crystals

March 18, 2019

Argonne scientists reveal connections as crystalline layers form. Understanding how crystals grow impacts broad areas of materials science,…
Step right up for bigger 2D sheets

March 6, 2019

Very small steps make a big difference to researchers who want to create large wafers of two-dimensional material.…
Surprising electronic disorder in a copper oxide-based ceramic

January 29, 2019

Cuprates, a class of copper-oxide ceramics that share a common building block of copper and oxygen atoms in…
Creating attraction between molecules deep in the periodic table

January 25, 2019

Imagine a waterproof computer. It’s not going to happen tomorrow, but it may no longer be a pipedream…
Powerful X-ray Beams Unlock Secrets of Nanoscale Crystal Formation

January 9, 2019

High-energy X-ray beams and a clever experimental setup allowed researchers to watch a high-pressure, high-temperature chemical reaction to…
Crystal Clear: Finding Ways to Protect Crews from the Effects of Space Radiation

December 21, 2018

In the near future, crews will embark on multi-month missions to the Moon, and eventually Mars and beyond.…
Scientists to track the reaction of crystals to the electric field

November 8, 2018

The international scientific team, which included the researchers and alumni of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University…
From crystals to climate: New ‘gold standard’ timeline connects volcanic eruptions to climate change

September 20, 2018

About 16 million years ago, this happened. Lava erupted in pulses, ultimately burying the region to the height…
Surprising hidden order unites prime numbers and crystal-like materials

September 7, 2018

The researchers found a surprising similarity between the sequence of primes over long stretches of the number line…
MIT researchers 3-D print colloidal crystals

August 30, 2018

MIT engineers have united the principles of self-assembly and 3-D printing using a new technique, which they highlighted…
High-power electronics keep their cool with new heat-conducting crystals

July 13, 2018

The inner workings of high-power electronic devices must remain cool to operate reliably. High internal temperatures can make…
Information in the grain of salt? Scientists think it could be the new data storage solution

July 3, 2018

The world needs new data storage solutions. Our current ones have some serious issues – they are not…
Plastic crystals hold key to record-breaking energy transport

May 25, 2018

Scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have found a way to create plastic semiconductor nanostructures that…
Yale physicists find signs of a time crystal

May 9, 2018

Yale physicists have uncovered hints of a time crystal — a form of matter that “ticks” when exposed…
Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency

April 11, 2018

Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform…
New crystal structures reveal mechanism of gene regulation by the ‘magic spot’

February 26, 2018

Using an innovative crystallization technique for studying three-dimensional structures of gene transcription machinery, an international team of researchers,…
Researchers discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells

February 14, 2018

A class of materials called perovskites has emerged as a promising alternative to silicon for making inexpensive and…
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