Science

New exotic phenomena seen in photonic crystals: Researchers observe, for the first time, topological effects unique to an “open” system

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A drawing illustrates the unusual topological landscape around a pair of features known as exceptional points (red dots), showing the...

First ELT Main Mirror Segments Successfully Cast

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The first six hexagonal segments for the main mirror of ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) have been successfully cast by...

APL Plans Next New Year's Eve: In the Kuiper Belt, with New Horizons

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Artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft encountering 2014 MU69, a Kuiper Belt object that...

Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength: New technique developed at MIT could produce strong, resilient nanofibers for many applications

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A diagram of the device used to produce the fibers shows a heated syringe (left) through which the solution is extruded, and a chamber (...

Study boosts hope for cheaper fuel cells: Rice University researchers show how to optimize nanomaterials for fuel-cell cathodes

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Simulations by Rice University scientists show how carbon nanomaterials may be optimized to replace expensive platinum in cathodes for...

Giant Bubbles on Red Giant Star’s Surface

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Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have for the first time directly observed granulation patterns on the surface of...

Stellar Nursery Blooms into View

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The OmegaCAM camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope has captured this glittering view of the stellar nursery called Sharpless...

Improving skills would boost growth and job creation in France

France’s economy is growing and the labour market is gradually improving. However, the share of people out of work for more than 12 months remains high and many young people are on temporary contracts, with weak long-term job prospects and little...