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    Surf's Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge

    Surf's Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge

    For the first time, a new class of magnetic materials, called topological magnon insulators, was revealed. This novel material can conduct magnetic waves along their edges, without conduction through the bulk material.

    Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?

    Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?

    In a review article in Nature Materials, a team of scientists assessed the common design motifs of a range of natural structural materials and determined what it would take to design and fabricate structures that mimic nature.

    New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis: Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition

    New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis: Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition

    A versatile two-step process allows for the controlled synthesis of new materials for energy technology.

    Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing

    Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing

    Gels that help prevent oppositely charged nanoparticles from settling out of solution enable applications from ceramic synthesis to adsorption of water. Scientists mapped out a mechanistic understanding of the gel, revealing contributions from three district phenomena.

    Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

    Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

    A simple process made an electrode that absorbs sunlight and produces oxygen on tiny cobalt islands on a silicon electrode.

    Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties

    Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties

    A new tabletop system can accelerate materials characterization and further our understanding of magnetic and electronic properties that enable energy-efficient electronics and information storage.

    Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes

    Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes

    Scientists know how a liquid metal technique selectively removes elements from a block of well-mixed metals and creates intricate structures.

    Hydrogen Production From a Relative of Fool's Gold

    Hydrogen Production From a Relative of Fool's Gold

    Scientists discovered a pyrite-type compound, similar to fool's gold, that is competitive with platinum for splitting water to produce hydrogen

    This Message Will Self-Destruct

    This Message Will Self-Destruct

    In movies and television shows, audio tapes or other devices self-destruct after delivering the details of impossible missions. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it to a new level.

    Keep It Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power

    Keep It Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power

    A new architecture takes very few processing steps to produce an affordable solar cell with efficiencies comparable to conventional silicon solar cells.

    Atomic Sculpting with a Microscope

    Atomic Sculpting with a Microscope

    A new tool now rests in the 3D printing toolbox. The result is designer materials with desirable structures, such as microchips, or materials with unique properties.

    Patterning Smaller Junctions for Ultrathin Devices

    Patterning Smaller Junctions for Ultrathin Devices

    Making faster, more powerful electronics requires smaller but still uniform connections between different materials. For the first time, researchers created extremely small, 5-nanometer-wide junctions, which were made in a specific pattern using two different flat semiconductors.

    Tiny Droplets... Lead to Exotic Properties

    Tiny Droplets... Lead to Exotic Properties

    Molecules in liquid crystals form exotic phases in which arrays of defects are organized into striking patterns. Confining these defect structures within droplets offers fine control that points to strategies--not possible in bulk phases--for assembly of responsive, adaptable materials.

    Saturday Night at the Movies: 3D Sneak Preview of Dancing Platinum Particles at Atomic Resolution

    Saturday Night at the Movies: 3D Sneak Preview of Dancing Platinum Particles at Atomic Resolution

    Movies of the nanoparticles in motion were obtained with world-leading electron microscopes. The results yielded insights into the structure and growth mechanisms of these materials.

    Growing Graphene Ribbons in One Direction

    Growing Graphene Ribbons in One Direction

    Tiny ribbons of graphene could move electricity and dissipate heat more efficiently than silicon in electronic circuits; however, creating the ribbons on traditional supports wasn't possible. Scientists have discovered how to synthesize the nanoribbons directly on a semiconductor wafer.

    Laser Manipulates Electronic Properties

    Laser Manipulates Electronic Properties

    A new semiconducting material that is only three atomic-layers thick has emerged with more exotic, malleable electronic properties than those of traditional semiconductors.

    Finding a Needle in a Crystalline Haystack

    Finding a Needle in a Crystalline Haystack

    With a new technique, scientists can detect a few large grains in a sea of small grains and study the fatigue-induced phenomena of large grain growth.

    World's Most Efficient Nanowire Lasers

    World's Most Efficient Nanowire Lasers

    Researchers demonstrated that nanowires made from lead halide perovskite are the most efficient nanowire lasers known.

    New See-Through Material for Electronics

    New See-Through Material for Electronics

    Even though conducting missing electrons and transparency were considered mutually exclusive, this new material both efficiently conducts missing electrons and retains most of its transparency to visual light.

    Confirmed: Heavy Barium Nuclei Prefer a Pear Shape

    Confirmed: Heavy Barium Nuclei Prefer a Pear Shape

    Certain heavy barium nuclei have long been predicted to exhibit pear-like shapes. Scientists demonstrated the existence of this exotic shape by taking advantage of breakthroughs in the acceleration of radioactive beams and new detector technologies.

    Bacteria Hairs Make Excellent Electrical Wires

    Bacteria Hairs Make Excellent Electrical Wires

    Scientists found that the electronic arrangement and the small molecular separation distances give bacterial pili an electrical conductivity comparable to that of copper, valuable insights for those interested in eventually constructing non-toxic, nanoscale sources of electricity.

    New High-Capability Solid-State Electron Microscope Detector Enables Novel Studies of Materials

    New High-Capability Solid-State Electron Microscope Detector Enables Novel Studies of Materials

    Scientists devised a new type of imaging electron detector that records an image frame in 1/1000 of a second, and can detect from 1 to 1,000,000 electrons per pixel.

    Zooming in on Gluons' Contribution to Proton Spin

    Zooming in on Gluons' Contribution to Proton Spin

    New data from collisions of protons indicate that gluons, glue-like particles that bind the inner building blocks of each proton, play a substantial role in determining the proton's spin, or intrinsic angular momentum.

    DOE Isotope Program Provides Target Material for the Discovery of Superheavy Elements

    DOE Isotope Program Provides Target Material for the Discovery of Superheavy Elements

    Two isotopes of a new element with atomic number 117 were created by an international collaboration.

    Creating a Better Way to Find Out "When"

    Creating a Better Way to Find Out "When"

    Physicists developed a mathematical technique that accurately orders collections of noisy snapshots of ultrafast phenomena that were recorded with extreme timing uncertainty.