New Effect Couples Electricity and Magnetism in Materials
Prof. Andrei Pimenov in his Lab. In magneto-electric materials, electric and magnetic vibrations can be coupled to "electromagnons". High hopes are placed on this technology, a breakthrough could now be achieved at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).
Switching “electromagnons” on and off
Major industries such as modern microelectronics are based on the interaction between matter and electromagnetism. Electromagnetic signals can be processed and stored in specially tailored materials. In materials science, electric and magnetic effects have usually been studied separately.
Flashes of brilliance
Rice University researchers, from left, Junichiro Kono, Ji-Hee Kim and Timothy Noe discovered a way to extract superfluorescent bursts of light from solid-state materials without the need for a magnetic field. Their work appears in the journal Scientific Reports.
Magnetic Cushions Let You Easily Build a Structurally Sound Pillow Fort
There are typically two main problems when it comes to building pillow forts: structural integrity, and a lack of building materials. And both of those issues are solved with these wonderful engineered cushions called Squishy Forts , which use super-strong magnets to ensure they stay standing for longer than ten minutes. Read more...