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Researchers create 'tractor beams' in the lab

Tractor beam technology, if it were to exist, would be based on waves that go in the opposite direction, converging from out in space onto the point of origin. Researchers now showed that the idea may not be all science fiction.

Posted: Sep 29th, 2014

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New discovery could pave the way for spin-based computing

Electricity and magnetism rule our digital world. Semiconductors process electrical information, while magnetic materials enable long-term data storage. A research team has discovered a way to fuse these two distinct properties in a single material, paving the way for new ultrahigh density storage and computing architectures.

Posted: Sep 25th, 2014

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Longstanding bottleneck in crystal structure prediction solved

The various patterns that atoms of a solid material can adopt, called crystal structures, can have a huge impact on its properties. Being able to accurately predict the most stable crystal structure for a material has been a longstanding challenge for scientists. Researchers calculated the lattice energy of benzene, a simple yet important molecule in pharmaceutical and energy research, to sub-kilojoule per mole accuracy - a level of certainty that allows polymorphism to be resolved.

Posted: Sep 25th, 2014

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