A twisting microscope that could unlock the secrets of 2D materials
To better visualise how electrons are ‘moving’ in materials, a team have developed the Quantum Twisting Microscope. This instrument puts two 2D layers of atoms into close contact, allowing them to interact, which can give useful information about their properties. The microscope can also rotate one of the layers, helping researchers look for so-called ‘magic angles’, where 2D materials like graphene can exhibit extraordinary properties.
Research article: Inbar et al.
News & Views: A twist in the bid to probe electrons in solids
09:55 Research Highlights
How an extinct insect larvae’s prodigiously long ‘neck’ may have helped it hunt, and surveying the levels at which coastal cities are converting water into land.
Research Highlight: Extinct insects hunted like predatory giraffes
Research Highlight: Cities worldwide claw vast amounts of land from the sea
12:21 How Russia’s invasion has affected science in Ukraine
This week marks the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We discuss how science has fared in Ukraine over the past 12 months, and how international collaborations are shaping the future of research in the country.
19:52 Briefing Chat
We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, the US Food and Drug Administration’s requirements to increase diversity in clinical trials, and research suggesting that snakes are better listeners than previously thought.
Nature News: FDA to require diversity plan for clinical trials
Science Alert: Snakes Can Hear You Better Than You Think
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