Building a harder diamond

Scientists create a theoretical carbon-based material that would be even harder than diamond. This work may have industrial applications for cutting and polishing in place of current synthetic diamond. Read More

Material research: New chemistry for ultra-thin gas sensors

The application of zinc oxide layers in industry is manifold and ranges from the protection of degradable goods to the detection of toxic nitrogen oxide gas. Such layers can be deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) which employs typically chemical compounds, or simply precursors, which ignite immediately upon contact with…

Tabletop quantum experiment could detect gravitational waves

Tiny diamond crystals could be used as an incredibly sensitive and small gravitational detector capable of measuring gravitational waves, suggests new research. Read More

Hidden sources of mysterious cosmic neutrinos seen on Earth

A new model points to the coronoe of supermassive black holes at the cores of active galaxies to help explain the excess neutrinos observed by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. Read More

Mathematical noodling leads to new insights into an old fusion problem

Scientists have gained new insight into a common type of plasma hiccup that interferes with fusion reactions. These findings could help bring fusion energy closer to reality. Read More

Study reveals magnetic process that can lead to more energy-efficient memory in computers

Researchers have made an important advance that could lead to more energy efficient magnetic memory storage components for computers and other devices. Read More

Microscope allows gentle, continuous imaging of light-sensitive corals

Many corals are sensitive to bright light, so capturing their dynamics with traditional microscopes is a challenge. To work around their photosensitivity, researchers developed a custom light-sheet microscope (the L-SPI) that allows gentle, non-invasive observation of corals and their polyps in detail over eight continuous hours, at high resolution. Read…

Removing toxic chemicals from water: New environmentally-friendly method

Researchers have developed a new environmentally friendly method for removing toxic chemicals from water. A newly invented machine, called the Matrix Assembly Cluster Source (MACS), has been used to design a breakthrough water treatment method using a solvent-free approach. Read More

Chemist adds details of ‘cold collisions of hot molecules’ to theories of molecular interactions

When two cars collide at an intersection — from opposite directions — the impact is much different than when two cars — traveling in the same direction — ‘bump’ into each other. In the laboratory, similar types of collisions can be made to occur between molecules to study chemistry at…

NASA’s TESS delivers new insights into an ultrahot world

KELT-9 b is one of the hottest planets known. New measurements from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have enabled astronomers to greatly improve their understanding of this bizarre world. Read More