Asimov’s psychohistory in maths

Could Mathematics hold the key to predicting the future? According to Professor Dan Crisan, possibly yes. During his inaugural lecture at Imperial College Professor Crisan used some complex mathematical formulae to show how a branch of mathematics – stochastic analysis – can be used to understand the link between microscopic and macroscopic events. Using a […]

News round-up: New elements, Olympicene, Venus, SpaceX & Neutrinos

Guest contributor Conor McKeever kicks off our new fortnightly round-up of the key science news of the last few weeks. Two more place cards at the Periodic Table Video: youtube | periodicvideos Scientists have officially named two elements whose discoveries were announced last year. Element 114, first detected in 1999 by scientists at Russia’s Joint […]

Science Behind the Photo #41

Rainbow Crystals X-ray crystallography is one way of finding out what a molecule consists of. It can show which atoms are present in a substance and how they are connected to one another. This involves crystallising the compound, firing X-rays at the crystal and analysing the diffraction pattern that results. However, not all compounds naturally […]

Tiny terabytes – storing data in a single molecule

Storage of larger and larger quantities of data is constantly taking up smaller and smaller amounts of physical space. But what about storing data in a single molecule? Since the early 1990s single molecule magnets (SMMs) have been explored as a means of data storage and recent research at the University of Nottingham has produced […]

Every mushroom cloud has a silver lining

Uranium could be the storage medium of the future, according to a new paper in Nature Chemistry from researchers at the University of Nottingham. While using a by-product from uranium enrichment may not exactly be everyone’s first choice for a data storage medium, the team, led by Dr Steve Liddle, believe that the magnetic properties […]