Archive for December, 2012

“Mythical unicorn” material is found

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The quest for the first ideal bulk topological insulator may finally be over, 8 years after these fantastic quantum materials were first predicted, I reported this week for Nature. As my colleague Geoff Brumfiel says on Slashdot, it’s kind of like finding the mythical unicorn of materials science.


Pfizer loses $700,000 in gold dust

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Local paper isn’t sure what the company might have been using the gold for — my guess, based on their scientific publications, is microparticle-mediated vaccines.

Combustion synthesis paves road to cheaper nanoparticles

December 7, 2012 Leave a comment

The explosion of a microscopic droplet caught on film sheds light on how to create nanoparticles swiftly and efficiently (via combustion). A report for Nature from the 2012 MRS Fall meeting.

Lab astrophysics comes of age

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Experiments deployed to understand data from space are coming of age … a leading example is the first demonstration of astrophysical turbulence in the lab.