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Video: Physics map includes ‘chasm of ignorance,’ illustrating unknowns between quantum physics and theory of relativity

By Faye Oney / April 5, 2017

Physicists have their work cut out for them as they attempt to narrow the “chasm of ignorance” between quantum physics and the theory of relativity. Dominic Walliman breaks it down to the simplest terms in his “Map of Physics” video.

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Single-layer ‘super material’ semiconductor shows promise as novel light source

By Stephanie Liverani / October 28, 2016

Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (or TMDCs) are particularly promising single-layer materials. And researchers at the University of Würzburg in Germany say TMDCs are actually capable of generating light when supplied with energy.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / August 24, 2016

New method to purify carbon nanotubes, solid batteries improve safety, and other materials stories that may be of interest for August 24, 2016.

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Magnifying the possibilities: Spider silk is star material in world’s first bio superlens

By Stephanie Liverani / August 23, 2016

For the first time ever, scientists at Bangor and Oxford Universities in the U.K. are using spider silk as a superlens to increase magnification potential, opening up new possibilities to explore structures currently invisible to modern microscopes.

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Science of ‘invisibility cloaks’ has real possibilities—and real limitations

By Stephanie Liverani / July 8, 2016

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they’ve quantified fundamental physical limitations on the performance of cloaking devices, a technology that allows objects to become invisible or undetectable to electromagnetic waves.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 22, 2016

Developing new material for stronger 3-D printing, new approach to thermoelectric nanomaterials, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 22, 2016.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 15, 2016

Nanoparticles dance, concentrating solar power, four new elements named, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 15, 2016.

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Go thin or go home: Scientists create world’s thinnest lens that could revolutionize consumer tech

By Stephanie Liverani / March 11, 2016

Scientists at Australian National University (Canberra, Australia) created what they describe as “the world’s thinnest lens, one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair,” which could revolutionize flexible computer displays and miniature cameras.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / February 17, 2016

Graphene’s toughness in question, molybdenum disulfide memristors, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 17, 2016.

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Ceramic and glass materials prove Einstein was right, help detect gravitational waves in breakthrough discovery

By April Gocha / February 12, 2016

It seems rather fitting that 100 years after Albert Einstein published the general theory of relativity, we now have proof of what we knew all along: Al was right—spacetime is officially rippling.

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