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The quantum dance of oxygen

Under extremely high pressure conditions oxygen molecules group into quartets and give rise to a 'dance of their magnetic moments'. This results in magnetic properties never previously observed in these conditions and in theory points to the existence of a new phase of the element, called epsilon 1.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2014

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Consider the 'anticrystal'

For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make. Now physicists have evidence that a new concept should undergird our understanding of most materials: the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered.

Posted: Jul 7th, 2014

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Drinkable 'nanojuice' could improve how doctors examine the gut

Researchers are developing a new imaging technique involving nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form 'nanojuice' that patients would drink. Upon reaching the small intestine, doctors would strike the nanoparticles with a harmless laser light, providing an unparalleled, non-invasive, real-time view of the organ.

Posted: Jul 6th, 2014

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