Solving the vanadium dioxide conundrum


Researchers have shed new light on a long standing conundrum in condensed-matter physics by combining electron microscopy and laser spectroscopy in novel ways.

X-ray absorption reveals water structure mystery

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A new twist on x-ray absorption spectroscopy has allowed American scientists to reveal the molecular structure of water at gold electrodes.

AMS shows modern humans and Neanderthals overlapped

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Strong evidence that Neanderthals overlapped with modern humans for up to 5,400 years has been revealed using an improved accelerator mass spectrometry technique.

New hypothesis of the origin of life

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New research has shown that deep-reaching interconnected fault systems provide the right conditions for the origin of life.

A corker of an infrared spectroscopy study…

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Researchers have employed infrared spectroscopy techniques to determine how a cork might perform in a wine bottle.

Microbullet hits confirm graphene’s strength

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Scientists at Rice University have developed a technique to fire microbullets at graphene sheets to show that multilayer graphene – 10 to 100 nm thick – may make excellent body armour.

Early detection of liver disease ‘non-existent’

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Leading medical experts have warned that early detection of liver disease by GPs in the UK is “virtually non-existent”.

New particles found as CERN make data publicly available


CERN has announced that the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has found two new particles in the baryon family. The organisation – celebrating its 60th anniversary – has also launched its Open Data Portal, making real collision events from LHC experiments available to all.

Treating cancer by draining its fuel tank

Floating mammospheres containing breast cancer stem cells

Mitochondria fuelled by related proteins are key to promoting the proliferative expansion and survival of cancer stem cells. Draining their fuel could form the basis of new ways of treating the disease.

Did gravity save the universe after the Big Bang?

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The universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang and a team of European physicists might be able to explain why.

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