Lithium metal coats the hybrid graphene and carbon nanotube anode in a battery created at Rice University. The lithium metal coats the three-dimensional structure of the anode and avoids forming dendrites. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by

Electrons rotate on their way through the chip in a spiral pattern. Adjustments in the voltage lead to changes in the wavelengths of this pattern and thus the orientation of the spin can be controlled. At a specific location (gray box) the electron spin has a different orientation depending on the voltage. Credit: University of

This is an illustration to explain the dynamics of the ultra-relativistic third Van Allen radiation belt, by Andy Kale. Credit: Andy Kale Earth’s magnetosphere, the region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field, protects our planet from the harsh battering of the solar wind. Like a protective shield, the magnetosphere absorbs and deflects plasma from

Solid-state transformers, developed at NC State, can make the smart grid concept a reality. Credit: NC State University A new study using complex computational models finds that smart solid-state transformers (SSTs) could be used to make a stable, reliable “smart grid” — allowing the power distribution system to route renewable energy from homes and businesses

During the neutron scattering experiment, the sample containing copper ions exhibited exotic quantum properties as certain quasiparticles spin in a wave-like configuration, eventually revealing the Higgs amplitude mode. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Dept. of Energy A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used sophisticated neutron scattering techniques to detect

The golden silk orb weaver (Nephila pilipes) creates dragline silk that prevents it from spinning while hanging from its web. Credit: Kai Peng of Huazhong University of Science and Technology The last time you watched a spider drop from the ceiling on a line of silk, it likely descended gracefully on its dragline instead of

XICC_LHCb discovery (00006) Credit: Copyright CERN Today at the EPS Conference on High Energy Physics in Venice, the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the observation of Ξcc++ (Xicc++) a new particle containing two charm quarks and one up quark. The existence of this particle from the baryon family was expected by

This is one of the two silicon resonators. Credit: PTB No one had ever come so close to the ideal laser before: theoretically, laser light has only one single color (also frequency or wavelength). In reality, however, there is always a certain linewidth. With a linewidth of only 10 mHz, the laser that the researchers

A huge range of materials are classified as granular – including sand, gravel, snow, nuts, coal, rice, barley, coffee and cereals. Globally, they are the second-most processed type of material in industry, after water. Credit: © forton / Fotolia At the moment they come together, the individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear

This is a wave-interference and resonant energy transfer from one source to another distant source or object, pertaining to the fundamental concept of resonances. Credit: EPFL – Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has

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