Suppose you only have enough energy to produce a dozen photons — what can you use them to see? In a new theoretical paper, the ultimate detection limits imposed by the laws of quantum physics have been derived, solving a decade-old open problem in quantum theory.
A new form of carborane, a cluster of carbon and boron atoms arranged in an unusual flat pattern, has been isolated by chemists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. This discovery has overturned a 50-year old set of theoretical rules central to cluster chemistry, paving the way to a new family of chemicals.
Edible bird’s nest, built by the aerodramus genus of swiftlets, has long been regarded as a quintessential health food in Chinese culture. There remain many myths, beliefs, and puzzles surrounding it that have yet to be thoroughly investigated by science.
The convocation ceremonies for this year have been postponed in light of the pandemic, but don’t let that dampen your spirits to celebrate this important milestone! In this series, Science@NTU took some time to know the 2020 CoS valedictorians. First up, we have Kang Hwee Young from the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences.
As we all know, space is three dimensional. Many aspects of physics, including the fundamental properties of matter, depend strongly on the dimensionality of space. For instance, 2D materials like graphene, in which the atoms are confined to a two dimensional plane, have properties very different from standard 3D materials. Now, researchers have created a synthetic material that behaves as though it has four dimensions (4D), higher than the number of dimensions in the space around us.
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and the University of Southampton have published a paper in Nature Communications reporting that a new class of materials, chalcogenide topological insulators, is especially suitable for creating optical devices.
Mathematical models of epidemics are crucial tools for preventing and controlling outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the novel coronavirus currently ravaging the world. In such models, it is important to be able to describe the effects of ‘super spreaders’, infected individuals who go on to infect unusually many other people.
Making a mark for Women in Science (Part 2) – Meet NTU School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences PhD student Wu Lishu, who is a recipient of the 2020 Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WiEST) Conference Grant. Currently studying 2D materials, she sheds some light on her research, and her thoughts on women in science.
Jing Xuan took part in the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme in 2019. In this year’s trip, besides top science & technology organisations, students had the opportunity to visit Minamisanriku, a town that was one of the worst hit during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Jing Xuan shares with us her takeaways from her meaningful experience in Japan!
In third place of the CoS Science Communication Writing Competition is Mah Wai Lum William from the School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences! He wrote about “A magnetic approach to cancer treatment.” Congratulations, William!