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Thunderstruck! A quasicrystal made by lightning

Quasicrystals are materials with a quasiperiodic atomic arrangement, meaning that their atoms are in an ordered structure, like normal crystals, but this structure does not repeat itself at regular intervals.  Such atomic configuration has strong impacts on the physical properties of these materials. Quasicrystals are... click to read more

  • Luca Bindi | Full Professor at University of Florence
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 11, 2023
A snapshot from the early Earth

The physical and chemical evolution of planets relies on certain volatile elements, such as Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C), and Nitrogen (N). For instance, on Earth volatile elements influence magma chemistry, volcanism and the evolution of our atmosphere and climate. Perhaps most important, the presence of... click to read more

  • Patricia Clay | Research Fellow at School of Earth & Environmental Science (SEES), Isotope Geochemistry & Cosmochemistry Group, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Jan 9, 2019