Materials Science to Empower Quantum Information Technologies

Quantum materials have exotic physical properties that arise from quantum mechanical or topological properties of their electrons. These materials display novel surface properties, magnetic effects, and optical properties, and are expected to lead to, for example, qubits with enhanced coherence times and sensors with unprecedented accuracy.


New MRS Award in renewable energy technology

MRS Nelson Buck Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy - for early-career researchers announced


Gallery of Fluid Motion video contest

Every year the Gallery of Fluid Motion video contest features the newest and most beautiful research in fluid dynamics – get an inside look at some of this year’s entries and hear from the researchers responsible.…


JFM Symposium Bangalore

As the Social Media Editor for JFM, I was kindly asked to document the first-ever JFM Symposia: From Fundamentals to Applied Fluid Mechanics that took place in the three Indian cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai in December 2017.…


JMR: Supporting Early Career Scholars in Materials Science

Journal of Materials Research (JMR) publishes an annual Issue that is devoted to early career scholars in Materials Science. The Issue provides a unique opportunity to be highlighted and promoted early in one’s research career and in order to increase attention to these papers, the issue is fully open access. 


MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize: inaugural recipient announced

MRS Bulletin is pleased to announce that Andy Tay Kah Ping, Stanford University, has been selected to receive the inaugural MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize. Andy was selected from more than 120 well-qualified applicants and nominations. He is being recognized for his combination of outstanding academic credentials, scientific publications, and science communication efforts.


Quantum materials: Where many paths converge

The arena of quantum materials, wherein quantum aspects assert themselves in behavior and properties, may be unfamiliar territory to many.


We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of the direct evidence of a civilization—its artifacts and remains—gets ground to dust. How do we really know, then, that there weren’t previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long before human beings appeared? It’s a compelling thought experiment, and one that Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, and Gavin Schmidt, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, take up in a paper published in the International Journal of Astrobiology.


The end of the universe

Manu Paranjape, author of The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations, discusses the potential end of the universe. Recently, reports in the media have warned that our universe could be destroyed abruptly in a collision with a bubble of negative energy, and that the process may have already started!…


Science before the Big Bang

Manu Paranjape, author of The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations, discusses the science behind Stephen Hawking’s recent interview on Star Talk.…


On the Cover of HPL: Assembly and Metrology of NIF target subassemblies using robotic systems

When the first targets for the National Ignition Campaign (NIC) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were built to be fielded on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in the late 2000’s, the assemblies were handcrafted, meticulously measured, and carefully tested. The resulting assemblies were literally one-of-a-kind and fairly fragile pieces of art, as well as fully functional high energy density physics targets. They were true engineering marvels.


On the Cover of HPL: Targets for high repetition rate laser facilities: needs, challenges and perspectives

On the cover of HPL: ‘Targets for high-repetition rate facilities: needs, challenges and perspectives’ by I. Prencipe et al “An important challenge will be the development of a reliable supply chain of high quality targets,” said Prof.…