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Ion beams simulate nuclear-reactor damage

Seven years in a reactor recreated in just four days

Cracking the code for single-molecule junctions

First accurate calculation of “porphyrin” conductance achieved

Strontium's nuclear 'spin symmetry' revealed

Discovery will be crucial for building yet more precise atomic clocks

Controlling ferromagnetic domains using light

Unexplained discovery could have major impact on data-storage methods

Making better solar cells with polychiral carbon nanotubes

New device absorbs across a wider portion of the solar spectrum

Electrons in magnetic field reveal surprises

Quantum properties dictate electrons' rotational frequency

Going mobile with NMR spectroscopy

Technology miniaturized to fit sand-grain-sized chip

Nanoparticles open a new window into the brain

New imaging technique could help treat strokes, cancer and dementia

Molecular seeds sprout identical carbon nanotubes

New technique produces nanostructures with specific electronic properties

Silicon nanorods bend light in new directions

Ultrathin coatings could replace bulky optical components

High-gain optical transistors flipped by just one photon

Devices created using Rydberg states of ultracold atoms

Self-assembly and plasmonics could join forces to boost solar energy

New method allows 200 fluorescent molecules to be arranged around a gold nanoparticle

Plasmonic chip diagnoses diabetes

Gold nanoparticles could help with early disease detection

New medical probe combines sound and electromagnetic induction

Technique could give doctors a “feel” for internal organs

Charging up with jumping droplets

Energy-harvesting device taps into atmospheric humidity