In a very unusual way, the electrical and magnetic properties of a particular crystal are linked together — the phenomenon was discovered and explained at TU Wien (Vienna). Electricity and magnetism are closely related: Power lines generate a magnetic field, rotating magnets in a generator produce electricity. However, the phenomenon […]

These balloon-and-disc shapes represent an electron orbital — a fuzzy electron cloud around an atom’s nucleus — in two different orientations. Scientists hope to someday use variations in the orientations of orbitals as the 0s and 1s needed to make computations and store information in computer memories, a system known […]