Pluto’s haze made up of ice crystals with cyanide hearts

The haze shrouding Pluto might be made up of ice crystals possessing cyanide hearts, a new study finds. Hazes, which are made of tiny motes of dust, smoke, ice and other substances, are not unique to Earth — scientists have detected hazes enveloping Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter.  Nor are hazes limited to planets. Saturn’s […]

A professor from RUDN University developed new liquid crystals

IMAGE: A professor from RUDN University together with his Indian colleagues synthesized and studied new dibenzophenazine-based liquid crystals that could potentially be used in optoelectronics and solar panels. view more  Credit: RUDN University A professor from RUDN University together with his Indian colleagues synthesized and studied new dibenzophenazine-based liquid crystals that could potentially be used in […]

Detecting gamma rays with giant perovskite crystals

Gamma ray detection is challenging at the best of times.

The process of detecting gamma rays causes serious damage to those detectors. Researchers have developed a large, self-healing crystal that might help to solve this problem. Gamma rays are the highest energy members of the electromagnetic spectrum. They also have the smallest wavelength, which means that they are quite difficult to detect. A gamma ray […]

Crystals may help reveal hidden Kilauea Volcano behavior — ScienceDaily

Scientists striving to understand how and when volcanoes might erupt face a challenge: many of the processes take place deep underground in lava tubes churning with dangerous molten Earth. Upon eruption, any subterranean markers that could have offered clues leading up to a blast are often destroyed. But by leveraging observations of tiny crystals of […]

Crystals may help reveal hidden Kilauea Volcano behavior

A lava fountain during the 1959 eruption of Kilauea Iki. Credit: USGS Scientists striving to understand how and when volcanoes might erupt face a challenge: many of the processes take place deep underground in lava tubes churning with dangerous molten Earth. Upon eruption, any subterranean markers that could have offered clues leading up to a […]

Researchers describe a new beam scanning device utilizing ‘photonic crystals

A seemingly random line of photonic crystals allows for laser beams to be emitted in various angles, allowing for more versatile and compact LiDAR technology Credit: Kyoto University/Noda Lab Scanning lasers—from barcode scanners at the supermarket to cameras on newer smartphones—are an indispensable part of our daily lives, relying on lasers and detectors for pinpoint […]

The applications of liquid crystals have been extended to drug encapsulation

Credit: Nano Research (2020). DOI: 10.1007/s12274-020-3078-0 Researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the NOVA University of Lisbon (UNL) have used platinum (Pt) compounds of a liquid crystalline nature to design nanocrystal structures capable of effectively encapsulating and transporting water-insoluble drugs that are otherwise difficult to administer. The study, published in Nano Research, […]

The surprising strength of liquid crystals

Researchers are a step closer to developing longer lasting and safer batteries using liquid crystals. Credit: Pixabay Dendrites are the destructive by-products of the cycle of charging and discharging lithium ion batteries. These tiny deposits form between the battery’s anode and cathode, building up over time. Inevitably, they diminish battery life. More problematic is their […]

Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Time crystals sound like something out of science fiction, but they may be the next major leap in quantum network research. A team based in Japan has proposed a method to use time crystals to simulate massive networks with very little computing power. They published their results on October 16 Science […]

Time crystals lead researchers to future computational work

Time crystals sound like something out of science fiction, but they may be the next major leap in quantum network research. A team based in Japan has proposed a method to use time crystals to simulate massive networks with very little computing power. They published their results on October 16 Science Advances. First theorized in […]