Volume 4 Issue 5, May 2005

Volume 4 Issue 5

Tensioned cracks in a surface–oxidized silicon rubber slab support cell spreading.

Cover design by Karen Moore



Research News

News and Views

  • News & Views |

    Colloidal crystals assembled on the surface of a spherical water droplet contain 'scars', a macroscopic equivalent of conventional grain boundaries. Direct observation of these grain-boundary scars provides a new way of studying dislocation dynamics

    • Xinsheng Sean Ling
  • News & Views |

    Genetic algorithms prove useful to distil a complex quantum mechanical calculation of interatomic interactions down to its simplest mathematical expression. This makes it possible to predict the structure of new compounds from first principles.

    • Axel van de Walle
  • News & Views |

    The properties of most materials are intimately connected to the way in which they are ordered on the atomic scale. A new study suggests that in materials made from the regular three-dimensional arrangement of discrete nanocrystals, control of order and periodicity could be exploited at a whole new level.

    • Mathias Brust