Month: June 2020

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming book, The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires? Growing up, I hated my mum’s book club; I thought they were just a bunch of silly housewives, but when I got to know them as adults I realised I was the idiot. These women had dealt
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IMAGE: An SEM image of the device shows the irregular nanostructures created during the inverse design process. view more  Credit: (Image courtesy of Zhujun Shi/Harvard SEAS) Polarization, the direction in which light vibrates, is invisible to the human eye. Yet, so much of our optical world relies on the control and manipulation of this hidden quality
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In March 1968, the fans, cast, and creators of the NBC-TV series Star Trek were celebrating an unprecedented victory: a massive mail campaign by fans of the show, which directed more than 100,000 letters (if not more) to NBC executives, had resulted in the network deciding not to cancel the sci-fi program after two seasons
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IMAGE: Angle-resolved ac magnetic susceptibility helps to understand the magnetic dynamics in single molecular magnets (SMMs). (Source: IFJ PAN) view more  Credit: Source: IFJ PAN Scientists from IFJ PAN in cooperation with researchers from the Nara Women’s University (Japan) and the Jagiellonian University (Poland) took another important step towards building a functional quantum computer. Using material
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IMAGE: This illustration represents spin relaxation due to the coupling with lattice vibrations, as predicted from fully quantum-mechanical calculations. view more  Credit: Xinran Dongfang Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a theoretical foundation and new computational tools for predicting a material’s spin dynamics, a key property for building solid-state quantum computing platforms and other applications
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The organisers of the excellent Arrow FrightFest have announced that due to the continuing COVID-19 restrictions on social distancing, its traditional five day event in August has been regretfully put on hold. Instead, they are planning to expand their traditional all-day Halloween event at the end of October. “Sadly, we won’t be able to come together
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IMAGE: Design concept of and fabrication procedures for the 3D scatterer view more  Credit: KAIST Researchers have developed a new easy-to-use smart optical film technology that allows smart window devices to autonomously switch between transparent and opaque states in response to the surrounding light conditions. The proposed 3D hybrid nanocomposite film with a highly periodic network
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