1. Materials Science

    Scientists get a handle on crystal shape

    Researchers have discovered how the orientation of amino acid molecules can make a growing crystal take on either a right- or a left-handed form.

  2. Physics

    Pitching Science

    A new computer model of baseball pitching helps give pitching robots humanlike abilities and may have enabled engineers to solve a half-century-old puzzle of baseball science.

  3. Physics

    Stretching and twisting a bright idea

    A new, stretchy type of liquid-crystal component makes it possible to change a laser's color by simply pulling on the membrane—a much easier, cheaper means of adjustment than that used for today's complex and expensive tunable lasers.

  4. Physics

    In a squeeze, nitrogen gets chunky

    Remarkable already for being a semiconductor and, perhaps, an explosive, a new, solid form of nitrogen made by crushing the ordinary gas to the highest pressures ever also stands out because it continues to survive when the pressure is released.

  5. Physics

    Electrons trip on tiny semiconductor steps

    A first glimpse of how a semiconductor's surface alters electrons' magnetic fields, or spins, suggests that tiny steps in the surfaces are tripping up efforts to create so-called spintronics circuits from semiconductors.

  6. Materials Science

    Nanotubes form dense transistor array

    Researchers have made an array of transistors out of carbon nanotubes.

  7. Materials Science

    Future brightens for carbon nanotubes

    Researchers have made a lightbulb that depends on carbon nanotubes for its glow.

  8. Physics

    Light shines in quantum-computing arena

    A new computing scheme using available technology and only classical physics appears to handle many tasks that researchers thought would be unsuited to any computers except the still-hypothetical ones that would exploit quantum physics.

  9. Physics

    Device shifts molecules into slow motion

    Unlike other particle accelerators, which manipulate the speed and energy of charged particles, a new device accelerates neutral molecules such as ammonia.

  10. Physics

    Lead blocks may catch nuclear killer

    New measurements of neutron bursts from blocks of lead may help researchers solve a decades-old cosmic whodunit.

  11. Physics

    Maybe this watched pot already boiled

    Researchers smashing nuclei in hopes of producing a primordial state of matter called the quark-gluon plasma may have already made the stuff without realizing it.

  12. Physics

    New probe reveals unfamiliar inner proton

    Researchers taking one of the closest looks yet into the intact proton have found an unexpectedly complex interior electromagnetic environment.