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New magnetism research brings high-temp superconductivity applications closer

April 13, 2016 - 7:45am
A research team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has discovered that only half the atoms in some iron-based superconductors are magnetic, providing a conclusive...

Physicists discover flaws in superconductor theory: A chink in the 'theoretical armor' of how superconductors trap and hold a magnetic field led to a discovery by a group of University of Houston physicists that may open the door to using 'trapped field m

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
University of Houston physicists report finding major theoretical flaws in the generally accepted understanding of how a superconductor traps and holds a magnetic field. More than 50 years ago, C.P. B...

National Space Society Applauds SpaceX First Stage Barge Landing and Successful Launch of CRS8/BEAM to the ISS

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
With a successful launch on April 8 at 4:43 PM EST, 2016 SpaceX achieved several dramatic milestones on their first supply run to the International Space Station (ISS) following the loss of a Falcon 9...

A single ion impacts a million water molecules

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Water is simple and complex at the same time. A single water molecule (H20) is made up of only 3 atoms. Yet the collective behavior of water molecules is unique and continues to amaze us. Water molecu...

Intracellular recordings using nanotower electrodes: Nanoscale-tipped high-aspect-ratio vertical microneedle electrodes for intracellular recordings

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Our current understanding of how the brain works is very poor. The electrical signals travel around the brain and throughout the body, and the electrical properties of the biological tissues are studi...

ORNL neutron 'splashes' reveal signature of exotic particles

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing. The findings, published in Nature...

Catalyst could make production of key chemical more eco-friendly

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
The world has more carbon dioxide than it needs, and a team of Brown University chemists has come up with a potential way to put some of it to good use.

ORNL tracks how halogen atoms compete to grow 'winning' perovskites

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a potential path to further improve solar cell efficiency by understanding the competition among halogen atoms during...

UCSB researchers identify specific defects in LED diodes that lead to less efficient solid state lighting

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods, UCSB researchers have identified a specific type of defect in the atomic structure of a light-emitting diode (LED) that results in less efficient performanc...

Nanopillars on drone fly larvae allow them to avoid bacterial contamination

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
The immature stage of the drone fly (Eristalis tenax) is known as a "rat-tailed maggot" because it resembles a hairless baby rodent with a "tail" that is actually used as a breathing tube. Rat-tailed...

Stanford scientists improve perovskite solar-cell absorbers by giving them a squeeze

April 11, 2016 - 7:45am
Solar cells made of artificial metallic crystalline structures called perovskites have shown great promise in recent years. Now Stanford University scientists have found that applying pressure can cha...

Nanoparticles show promise for treating intestinal inflammation, study finds

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Nanoparticles designed to block a cell-surface molecule that plays a key role in inflammation could be a safe treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to researchers in the Institute...

Nanoporous material's strange "breathing" behavior

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
High-tech sponges of the infinitely small, nanoporous materials can capture and release gaseous or liquid chemicals in a controlled way. A team of French and German researchers from the Institut de Re...

Mr. Orlando Figueroa to Receive the National Space Society's 2016 Space Pioneer Award for Non-Legislative Government Service

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Mr. Orlando Figueroa is a winner of the National Space Society's 2016 Space Pioneer Award for non-Legislative Government Service. This award recognizes the work he has done at NASA Goddard Space Fligh...

Particulate vaccine delivery systems may help: Protect against infectious disease outbreaks and bioterror threats

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Most traditional vaccines have safety and efficacy issues, whereas particulate vaccine delivery systems--which utilize nano- or micro-particulate carriers to protect and deliver antigens--are efficien...

Advance may make quantum computing more practical: Feedback technique used on diamond 'qubits' could make quantum computing more practical

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Quantum computers are largely hypothetical devices that could perform some calculations much more rapidly than conventional computers can. They exploit a property called superposition, which describes...

'Honeycomb' of nanotubes could boost genetic engineering

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers have developed a new and highly efficient method for gene transfer. The technique, which involves culturing and transfecting cells with genetic material on an array of carbon nanotubes, ap...

Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors' light responsivity

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption and stretchability of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials...

Graphene is both transparent and opaque to radiation: Graphene ensures data fidelity for future wireless devices

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
EPFL and UNIGE scientists have developed a microchip using graphene that could help wireless telecommunications share data at a rate that is ten times faster than currently possible. The results are p...

New laser technique promises super-fast and super-secure quantum cryptography

April 9, 2016 - 7:45am
Researchers have developed a new method to overcome one of the main issues in implementing a quantum cryptography system, raising the prospect of a useable 'unbreakable' method for sending sensitive i...