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Never Say Never In The Nano-world
2014-04-01 17:09:23

University of Vienna This news release is available in German. Objects with sizes in the nanometer range, such as the molecular building blocks of living cells or nanotechnological devices, are continuously exposed to random collisions with surrounding molecules. In such fluctuating environments the fundamental laws of thermodynamics that govern our macroscopic world need to be rewritten. An international team of researchers from Barcelona, Zurich and Vienna found that a nanoparticle...

First Thin Films Of Spin Ice Reveal Surprising Secrets
2014-03-12 10:52:39

University College London Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of applications of magnetricity, the magnetic equivalent of electricity. Published today in Nature Communications, a team of researchers based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN), in collaboration with scientists from Oxford and Cambridge, found that, against expectations, the Third Law of Thermodynamics could be restored in thin films of...

2014-01-29 23:24:43

Chris Reich, creator of BizPhyZ™, The Physics of Business™, develops presentation on entropy. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Chris Reich, the developer of the physics of business™ known as BizPhyZ™, has completed work on a new presentation to teach business people about the ravages of entropy. Entropy essentially means disorder. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that entropy always increases. In other words, disorder is always increasing unless work is put in to...

2014-01-03 15:51:23

Global energy inequality lessens, but for how long? The 18th century writer Adam Smith provided a workable metaphor for the way society utilizes resources. In his book "The Wealth of Nations," he argued that even as individuals strive, through personal industry, to maximize their advantage in life, they inadvertently contribute---as if under the influence of a "hidden hand"---to an aggregate disposition of wealth. Well, if Smith were a physicist and alive in the 21st century he might be...

2013-08-15 20:53:03

Researchers at Aalto University and the University of Tokyo have succeeded for the first time in experimentally measuring a probability distribution for entropy production of electrons. Entropy production means an increase in disorder when electrons are moved individually between two microscopic conductors of differing temperatures. The researchers also showed that a connection prevails between two definitions of entropy that have been used. The result is significant for the design of...

2013-06-29 23:00:54

Chris Reich of BizPhyZ writes about the corrosive effect of entropy on business. Etna, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 Chris Reich, developer of BizPhyZ, the science of business and physics, has released a very interesting piece on the effect of entropy on business. Reich published the blog post on June 28th on the BizPhyZ website. The post, using physics as a metaphor for business focuses on the ravages of entropy on the successful business. Reich writes, "When we think we've got...

2013-06-14 23:15:47

Chris Reich is using fascinating laws of physics to do something remarkable in business. Etna, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2013 Chris Reich is proud to announce the development of BizPhyZ, the science of business colliding with physics. This fresh new way to look at business fuses business and physics in a super collider of ideas. BizPhyZ, a term coined by Chris Reich, noted business development consultant and speaker, is a result of fifteen years of research. Reich began to think about a...

2012-05-21 23:59:09

Researchers try to get the temperature-independent energy spectrum of some materials for obtaining all their thermodynamic properties from their experimental heat capacities alone. However, measurements are made at finite temperatures in practice, such as with phonon spectra obtained by inelastic neutron scattering, so it is very difficult to obtain a T-independent energy spectrum for any real material. One promising method to obtain such a spectrum is to solve the so-called specific...

2011-12-01 01:14:16

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered a way to control how tiny flat molecules fit together in a seemingly random pattern. The researchers have been studying molecules which resemble tiny rhombus/diamond shaped tiles, with a side length of around 2 nanometers – 2 billionths of a meter. The fundamental research, published in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry, has shown that they can prompt the ℠tiles´ to form a range of random patterns by...

2011-09-21 14:14:42

University of Oregon theorists overcome loss of entropy and friction in computational simulations University of Oregon researchers have devised a mathematically rich analytic approach to account for often-missing thermodynamic and molecular parameters in molecular dynamic simulations. The new approach, which returns atomistic-level data into the time frame of the macroscopic world, is detailed in a paper appearing online ahead of regular publication in the journal Physical Review E. The...