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Measuring electron-phonon interaction in multidimensional materials with helium atom scattering

Measuring electron-phonon interaction in multidimensional materials with helium atom scattering

Condensed matterMaterialsQuantum physics

By DIPC

The discovery of superconductivity in 2D films dates back over 80 years. Initially, these were 2D metallic films deposited on inert substrates, but in recent times more exotic 2D systems have exhibited superconducting properties, such as the surface of topological insulators or twisted bilayer graphene. Superconductivity is caused by the interactions between atomic vibrations (phonons) […]

Learning from nature: a new flapping drone can take off, hover and swoop like a bird

Learning from nature: a new flapping drone can take off, hover and swoop like a bird

Mechanical EngineeringRobotics

By Invited Researcher

Photo: Gary Bendig / Unsplash We have developed four-winged bird-like robots , called ornithopters, that can take off and fly with the agility of swifts, hummingbirds and insects. We did this by reverse engineering the aerodynamics and biomechanics of these creatures. Our ornithopters have the potential to outperform and outmanoeuvre existing drone configurations with static […]

MI weekly selection #386

MI weekly selection #386

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Telescope captures image of exoplanets orbiting star The Very Large Telescope in Chile has captured a direct image of a pair of exoplanets orbiting a star that’s similar to our own sun. “Even though astronomers have indirectly detected thousands of planets in our galaxy, only a tiny fraction of these exoplanets have been directly imaged,&#8221 […]

Interleukin-35 and autism

Interleukin-35 and autism

Neurobiology

By José Ramón Alonso

The cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is not known yet, but it is clear that there is a complex interaction between many genes and many environmental factors. Autism affects not only those aspects that are used for diagnosis: social interaction, communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviors, but also many other factors related to the […]

MI weekly selection #385

MI weekly selection #385

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Deep-sea fish stay hidden thanks to ultrablack skin At least 16 species of deep-sea fish have been discovered so far with ultrablack colouring that helps them stay hidden in dark water. The ultrablack color reflects less than 0.5% of light and pigment cells are packed tightly together with little or no gaps. ScienceAlert Campfire-like flares […]

An accurate and predictive model for the infrared dielectric function of a van der Waals material

An accurate and predictive model for the infrared dielectric function of a van der Waals material

Condensed matterMaterials

By DIPC

Future information and communication technologies will rely on the manipulation of not only electrons but also of light at the nanometer-scale. Squeezing light to such a small size has been a major goal in nanophotonics for many years. Particularly strong light squeezing can be achieved with polaritons, quasiparticles resulting from the strong coupling of photons […]

Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s also predisposes for COVID-19 infection

Genetic risk for Alzheimer’s also predisposes for COVID-19 infection

BiomedicineGeneticsMedicine

By Rosa García-Verdugo

It seems that the genetic risk of an APOE4 variant in the APOE gene would not only increase risk for Alzheimer’s but also would increase the chances of getting infected by the COVID-19 virus. The APO protein is involved in cholesterol metabolism and the immune system. However, its precise role in Alzheimer’s disease is as […]