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Synthetic magnetism used to control light

The use of magnetic fields to control electrons is a founding principle of electronics and all the consumer electronic devices in use today. When an electron approaches a magnetic field, it meets resistance and opts to follow the path of least effort, travelling in circular motion around the field. Now, Stanford researchers say they have […]

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The Photonic Bug

Creating an ideal “photonic crystal” to manipulate visible light in optical computers may now be possible, thanks to a beetle from Brazil whose shimmering, iridescent green scales provide the ideal, diamond-like crystalline structure. “It appears that a simple creature like a beetle provides us with one of the technologically most sought-after structures for the next […]

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