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In Search Of Natural Quasicrystals
2012-08-10 04:32:11

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An expedition to far eastern Russia, a 15,000 year old meteorite, secret diaries, smugglers, gold prospectors and bears; sounds like the plot to an Indiana Jones movie, right? This is the story of two researchers looking for the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals. Who knew science could be so exciting? Writing in Reports on Progress in Physics, Paul J. Steinhardt and Luca Bindi reveal that new, naturally occurring...

2012-05-11 23:03:40

VegNews, America´s premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, names Rock Deodorant Body Spray for men as one of the year´s hottest new vegan products Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2012 VegNews, America´s premier vegetarian lifestyle magazine, is thrilled to announce Rock Deodorant Body Spray as one of the year´s hottest new vegan products at the nation´s largest natural products trade show, Expo West. Held March 9—11 in Anaheim, California, the magazine´s...

2012-05-04 09:22:33

A team led by Johns Hopkins engineers has discovered some previously unknown properties of a common memory material, paving the way for development of new forms of memory drives, movie discs and computer systems that retain data more quickly, last longer and allow far more capacity than current data storage media. The work was reported April 16 in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research focused on an inexpensive phase-change memory alloy...

2012-04-19 21:01:17

The boundary between electronics and biology is blurring with the first detection by researchers at Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory of ferroelectric properties in an amino acid called glycine. A multi-institutional research team led by Andrei Kholkin of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, used a combination of experiments and modeling to identify and explain the presence of ferroelectricity, a property where materials switch their polarization when an electric field is...

Metal Oxides Hold The Key To Cheap, Green Energy
2012-04-19 08:06:18

Harnessing the energy of sunlight can be as simple as tuning the optical and electronic properties of metal oxides at the atomic level by making an artificial crystal or super-lattice ℠sandwich´ says a Binghamton University researcher in a new study published in the journal Physical Review B. "Metal oxides are cheap, abundant and 'green,'" said Louis Piper, assistant professor of physics at Binghamton University. "And as the study proved, quite versatile. With the right touch,...

2012-04-05 21:20:05

Scientists have discovered the initial stages by which gypsum crystals form. Gypsum is a naturally occurring mineral which is often used in industrial processes and which in nature, if left alone for thousands of years, can grow into huge translucent, towering and eerie, crystals more than 10 metres tall. These are famed for their beauty in places such as the Cave of Crystals in Mexico. Nevertheless, the formation of gypsum has until now been largely unexplored. A study by researchers...

2012-03-29 21:53:32

Collaboration between the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge has made ground-breaking advances in our understanding of the changes that materials undergo when rapidly heated. Using cutting edge equipment and specially designed MEM's sensors on loan from Mettler-Toledo, scientists from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronic Research Centre and the University of Cambridge's Department of Materials Science were able to probe the behavior of phase change memory...

2012-01-18 13:06:56

Lead sulfide (PbS) forms when an equal number of lead and sulfur atoms exchange electrons and bond together in cubic crystals. Now scientists have determined that a structure comprising 32 lead-sulfur pairs is the smallest possible cubic arrangement that exhibits the same coordination as bulk lead sulfide. (The coordination number is the number of nearest neighbors each atom in the crystal has.) Researchers from McNeese State University in Louisiana, John Hopkins University in Maryland,...


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