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A new litmus test for chaos?

Can the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? This intriguing hypothetical scenario, commonly called “the butterfly effect,” has come to embody the popular […]

The light of fireflies for medical diagnostics

The light of fireflies for medical diagnostics

In biology and medicine, we often need to detect biological molecules. For example, in cancer diagnostics, doctors need quick and reliable ways of knowing if tumor cells are present in […]

Spintronics just got faster

Spintronics just got faster

In a big boost for spintronic technologies, EPFL scientists have shown that electrons can jump through spins much faster than previously thought. Electrons spin around atoms, but also spin around themselves, […]

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A Most Singular Nano-Imaging Technique

Just as proteins are one of the basic building blocks of biology, nanoparticles can serve as the basic building blocks for next generation materials. In keeping with this parallel between […]