Editor’s Picks

  1. Two Atoms Combined In Dipolar Molecule

    In terms of size, it may be the smallest scientific breakthrough ever made at Harvard. Harvard Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Kang-Kuen Ni and colleagues have combined two atoms for the first time into what researchers call a dipolar molecule. The work is described in a new paper published in Science.

  2. Quantum Shift Shows Itself In Coupled Light And Matter

    A team led by Rice University scientists used a unique combination of techniques to observe, for the first time, a condensed matter phenomenon about which others have only speculated.

  3. Electromagnetic Wizardry: Wireless Power Transfer Enhanced By Backward Signal

    An international research team including scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and ITMO University has proposed a way to increase the efficiency of wireless power transfer over long distances and tested it with numerical simulations and experiments.

  4. From Insulator To Conductor In A Flash

    A clever combination of novel technologies enables us to study promising materials for the electronics of tomorrow. Over the past decades, computers have become faster and faster and hard disks and storage chips have reached enormous capacities.

  5. Writing And Deleting Magnets With Lasers

    Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) together with colleagues from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA have found a way to write and delete magnets in an alloy using a laser beam – a surprising effect.

  6. Freeing Electrons To Better Trap Them

    Atoms are composed of electrons moving around a central nucleus they are bound to. The electrons can also be torn away, overcoming the confining force of their nucleus, using the powerful electric field of a laser.

  7. Sending Electrons On A Rollercoaster Ride

    A first-of-its-kind x-ray instrument for frontier research with high-brightness x-rays is now in operation at Argonne National Laboratory. The new device utilizes a unique superconducting technology that speeds electrons on a path much like that of a rollercoaster.

  8. One String To Rule Them All

    EPFL scientists have engineered a tiny guitar string that vibrates 1 billion times when plucked. They would like to use it as a microphone for light.

  9. A New Bose–Einstein Condensate Created At Aalto University

    Nearly a hundred years ago, Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted that quantum mechanics can force a large number of particles to behave in concert as if they were only a single particle.

  10. X-ray Light From XFEL To Be Coupled With Intense Laser System Light Flashes

    From June 3 through 5, 2013, some 150 experts from around the World are meeting up in Hamburg at accelerator center DESY. Their shared focus will be on setting up a new experimental station with the goal of coupling X-ray light from the free electron laser XFEL with intense light flashes from a compact and powerful laser system.