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Faintest touch, lightest force News

by David, 10 May 2018 | 0 comments

Image of the force detector, a metal box with electrodes either end, a lens. Red and orange illustrate the movement of the atom when force is applied.

What’s the faintest touch you can feel? A feather on the back of your hand, a whispered breath in your ear? Scientists from CSIRO and Griffith University just built a device that feels much lighter touches – in fact, it’s the most sensitive force detector on the planet!

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The world welcomes four new elements News

by David, 30 March 2017 | 0 comments

Nihonium element 113, Moscovium element 115, Tennessine element 117, and Oganesson element 118

The periodic table doesn’t change very often, which is why it’s worth celebrating when it does. This month, three new elements were inaugurated at a ceremony in Russia. And in Tokyo, a fourth was welcomed to the world. Say hello to moscovium, tennessine, oganessson and nihonium! Let’s back up a bit: what is an element?…

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Ticking away News

by Pat, 16 August 2013 | 0 comments

Artists impression of an atomic clock for space missions.

It’s a question that millions of people ask every day: ‘What’s the time?’ Knowing the time is an essential part of everyday life and important to scientific research as well.

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