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Building Novel Carbon Allotropes

Calculations indicate that a form of carbon synthesized from pentagonal hydrocarbon molecules could have unusual electrical and mechanical properties.  Continue reading

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Cold, supersaturated urban air could be accelerating pollutant particle growth

A new experiment suggests that ammonium nitrate particles nucleate and quickly grow in winter conditions.  Continue reading

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Ion Recoil from Photon Beam Observed

Experiments confirm that photonionized molecules get a backward kick, as predicted by theory.  Continue reading

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Smog-forming particles may grow quickly in supersaturated urban air

Ammonium nitrate particles nucleate and grow in winter-like conditions, according to a new experiment. Continue reading

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Seafloor avalanches travel fast and far

Acoustic measurements of sediment concentration quantify the wide-reaching influence of turbidity currents.  Continue reading

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Unjammed Emulsions Collapse to Liquids

An emulsion’s rigidity disappears when the droplets’ random thermal motion overcomes the confining pressure that binds them.  Continue reading

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Efficient Detection of Microwave Photons

A new single-photon detector minimizes false positives by ensuring that a qubit switches to its excited state if and only if a photon enters a microwave resonator.  Continue reading

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Pressure alters rock magnetization

A rock buried in Earth’s crust or a meteorite compressed on impact may end up with increased magnetization.  Continue reading

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Food residues help date ancient pottery

Radiocarbon dating of carefully extracted fatty-acid compounds could become a robust archaeological tool. Continue reading

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Localized electric field manipulates a nuclear spin

The atom-level control could provide the precision required for some quantum computing applications. Continue reading

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