1. Physics

    Run-of-the-mill compound becomes superstar

    The discovery that simple, common magnesium diboride can conduct electric current without resistance and does so at a surprisingly high temperature has sent physicists racing to understand its properties and to try to improve upon them.

  2. Physics

    Lasers nudge into nuclear medicine

    Using a tabletop laser, researchers produced a medically useful isotope usually made in warehouse-size particle accelerators called cyclotrons.

  3. Physics

    Muffled shots tell a lot about snow

    A snowfield muffles gunshots in a way that can now be used to reveal important traits of the snow.

  4. Physics

    Seeming sedate, some solid surfaces seethe

    Although they're as orderly as bathroom-floor tiles, surface atoms of copper--and perhaps other solids--actually roam randomly and widely within their grid.

  5. Physics

    The Atoms Family

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  6. Materials Science

    From Metal Bars to Candy Bars

    Materials scientists have turned the tools of their trade on some of the most familiar substances in the world: food.

  7. Physics

    Muon orbits may defy main physics theory

    A tiny discrepancy from theory in a newly remeasured magnetic trait of a subatomic particle, the muon, may represent a first crack in the 30-year-old prevailing standard model of particle physics.

  8. Materials Science

    Scientists develop self-healing composites

    Researchers have developed a composite material that has the ability to repair small cracks within itself, a characteristic that could be used to extend the reliability and service life of electronic and aerospace components.

  9. Materials Science

    Droplets string themselves together

    Under the right conditions, mixing two incompatible polymers can produce drops that organize themselves into strings.

  10. Physics

    Force from empty space drives a machine

    A novel micromachine uses quantum fluctuations of empty space to help drive its motion.

  11. Physics

    Voltage flip turns magnetism on, off

    Researchers in Japan have made a material whose inherent magnetism can be turned off and on electrically, as long as the material, a novel semiconductor, stays ultracold.

  12. Physics

    Collider is cookin’, but is it soup?

    By making the densest, hottest matter ever in a lab, smashups between fast-moving nuclei in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider are coming closer than ever to reproducing the superhot, primordial fluid that presumably filled the universe immediately after the Big Bang.