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Physicists discover golden ratio in the quantum realm

An international team of researchers have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter that shows the same attributes as the well known golden ratiofrom art and architecture. The new discovery appears in the current issue of Science. To reveal the hidden quantum symmetry, the researchers worked with the magnetic […]

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Taking The Heat Off Inefficient Engines




An incredible 60 percent of the energy that goes into an automotive combustion cycle is lost, primarily to waste heat through the exhaust and radiator system. It’s no surprise then that physicists are looking at how to harness this wasted thermal energy and convert it into electricity via thermoelectric devices. Speaking at the NanoTX ’07 […]




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Composite Material Dogma Gets Stiffed




Composite materials with virtually limitless performance capabilities could be in the offing thanks to a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist who has dispelled a 50-year-old theoretical notion that composite materials must be made only of “stable” individual materials to be stable overall. Composite materials – or materials made by combining multiple distinct materials – deliver advantages […]




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Scientists Fuse Spider Silk And Silica To Create Novel New Material




Bioengineers at Tufts University, who have been delving into silk’s secrets for more than a decade, have created a new fusion protein that combines the toughness of spider-silk with the intricate structure of silica. Research leader David L. Kaplan, said the resulting nanocomposite could be used in medical and industrial applications, such as growing bone […]




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Houston, We Don’t Have A Problem




While scientists are yet to produce the likes of a Borg bio-ship, a new self-healing spacecraft being developed by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol in England, shows that science often follows in the footsteps of science fiction. Building a spacecraft is a complex task, even more so when the lives […]




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Nanoparticles Go Green




Temple University researchers are using protein structures to design and assemble metal oxide nanoparticles that could be used in environmental remediation. Their research is being presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia. The researchers have been exploring how these nanoparticles can be used in environmental remediation, such as helping to transform toxic […]




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Solar Hydrogen Not Far Away Say Aussie Boffins




Since the 1970’s, science has made major advances in achieving one of the ultimate goals of science and technology – the design of materials required to split water using solar light. Now, Australian scientists say that harnessing the power of the sun to extract clean and almost unlimited energy supplies from water will be a […]




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Organic Materials Could Mean Cheaper Solar Power




Princeton electrical engineers have invented a technique for making solar cells that, when combined with other recent advances, could yield a highly economical source of energy. The results, reported in Nature, move scientists closer to making a new class of solar cells that are not as efficient as conventional ones, but could be vastly less […]




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