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  1. Magnetized Plasmas That ‘Twist Light’ Can Produce Powerful Microscopes And More
    5/4/2018

    To get the extremely high-resolution images vital to study new materials, microbes, and more, scientists often build microscopes based on optical vortices. Forming these tiny tornadoes of light is done using quartz or liquid crystals.

  2. Nanoscale Measurements 100x More Precise, Thanks To Improved Two-Photon Technique
    5/4/2018

    The precision of measuring nanoscopic structures could be substantially improved, thanks to research involving the University of Warwick and QuantIC researchers at the University of Glasgow and Heriot Watt University into optical sensing.

  3. Prototype Camera Set For Integration Into Novel Gamma-Ray Telescope
    5/3/2018

    A unique high-speed camera, designed to capture the fleeting effects of gamma rays crashing into the Earth’s atmosphere, will soon be on its way from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to Arizona’s Mount Hopkins.

  4. Morphing Twisted Nanoscale Objects Opens A Way To Tailor Applications In Future Technologies
    5/3/2018

    For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions, or vice versa. The transitional forms offer a deeper insight into material symmetries and their unexpected behaviour could lead to improved design of telecoms components.

  5. A New Instrument To Rapidly Test Whether Drugs Contain Trace Crystallinity
    5/3/2018

    Researchers at Purdue University have created a device that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether new pharmaceutical formulations have trace crystallinity that can negatively impact the drug’s stability and bioavailability.

  6. Researchers Levitate Water Droplets To Improve Contaminant Detection
    5/3/2018

    In a new study, researchers showed that using sound waves to levitate droplets of water in midair can improve the detection of harmful heavy metal contaminants such as lead and mercury in water.

  7. Tracing Cerebral Cortex Evolution
    5/3/2018

    Our cerebral cortex, a sheet of neurons, connections and circuits, comprises “ancient” regions such as the hippocampus and “new” areas such as the six-layered “neocortex”, found only in mammals and most prominently in humans.

  8. Now The Secrets Of Sunsets Can Be Explored On Earth
    5/2/2018

    Sunstorms, cosmic radiation and northern lights are well-known phenomena. Exactly how their enormous energy arises is not as well known. Now, physics researchers at Chalmers have found a new way to study these spectacular space plasma phenomena. The results recently published in the reputed journal Nature Communications.

  9. Cell Membrane Inspires New Ultrathin Electronic Film
    5/2/2018

    Japanese researchers have developed a new method to build large areas of semiconductive material that is just two molecules thick and a total of 4.4 nanometers tall. The films function as thin film transistors, and have potential future applications in flexible electronics or chemical detectors.

  10. Newly Improved Glass Slide Turns Microscopes Into Thermometers
    5/2/2018

    The humble glass microscope slide may be primed for a makeover. A study published online today (May 2, 2018) in the journal Nature Communications describes how an updated version of this centuries-old tool can now enable scientists to see tiny objects while also measuring their temperature.