superconductor-640pxMay, 2014: A team of Cornell researchers, including KIC member Seamus Davis, close in on the secret recipe for high-temperature superconductors. Their results were published in the May 8 issue of the journal Science.  Read more about their research in the Cornell Chronicle.

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An artist’s rendering of the thickness-driven, metal-insulator transition in sub-nanometer films of a lanthanum nickelate. Nickel atoms are shown in gold, oxygen atoms in white, and lanthanum atoms in red, and metallicity is achieved in going from two to three atomic layers.April, 2014: KIC members Kyle Shen, Darrell Schlom and Phil King and a team from Cornell and Brookhaven National Lab have discovered a new property of metal oxides that can act like a switch when the material is less than a nanometer thick.  The finding were published online April 6 in Nature Nanotechnology and will appear in the journal’s May issue. Read more in the Chronicle

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GrunertechApril, 2014: A technology developed by Cornell Scientists prepares proteins for X-ray crystallography has made its way into the world marketplace. The science behind the product was developed in the lab of Sol Gruner, KIC member and John L. Wetherill Professor of Physics. Cornell Chronicle, April 1, 2014.

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calculus fly March, 2014: KIC Member Itai Cohen investigates how flies recover to flight disturbances, concluding that a small group of fly neurons is actually “solving calculus problems.” Click here for the full New York Times article and related video.

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IMG_0356March, 2014:  A recent article focuses on how the 2013 KIC Science Communications Workshop with Alan Alda enabled scientists to take cues from actors “to keep audiences from snoozing.”  Aljazeera America, March 15.

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February, 2014: KIC Executive Committee member Dan Ralph was announced as one of 143 “Outstanding Referees of 2014” by the American Physical Society for his outstanding service to the physics community.  Download the full Press Release from APS.

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On December 2, 2013 KIC member and Professor of Physics Séamus Davis was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the National University of Ireland. In presenting the award Chancellor Maurice Manning of the National University of Ireland described Davis as “one of the world’s most accomplished physicists.” Read more from the National University of Ireland.

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December, 2013: KIC Member and Cornell Professor of Physics Seamus Davis and Prof. Dung-Hai Lee of UC Berkeley have proposed a new theory unifying the odd behaviors of superconductors. Find out more in the Chronicle.
Read the full paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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On November 21, 2013, science lost a great friend in Fred Kavli, an advocate, an innovator, a visionary and a champion. He was 86 years old.  Click here for the Kavli Foundation Press Release and Obituary.

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November, 2013:  President Barack Obama recently unveiled the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative: an ambitious research program that aims to map the functions of the brain with the ultimate goal to treat neurological and psychiatric diseases. Several Cornell professors played key roles in directing recommendations for this initiative, including Paul McEuen, director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscale Science. Cornell Sun, 11/20/13

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Oct. 2013: KIC member Darrell Schlom and Co-Director David Muller have discovered the world’s best material for tunable capacitors.  The Cornell-designed and -created new type of tunable dielectric could greatly improve the performance of microwave circuit capacitors found in every cell phone and open up new possibilities for wireless communication at much higher frequencies. Read the Cornell Chronicle article here.

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Oct. 2013:  KIC Co-Director David Muller uses an electron microscope to bend, deform and melt atomically thin glass, showing the ‘dance’ of rearranging atoms in silica glass. This newest work is published Oct. 11 in the journal Science. See a video of the atoms and read the Cornell Chronicle article here.

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October 3, 2013: The Kavli Foundation has endowed a new institute at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to explore the basic science of how to capture and channel energy on the molecular or nanoscale, with the potential for discovering new ways of generating energy for human use. Read the full press release here.

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September, 2013: At just a molecule thick, it’s a new record: The world’s thinnest sheet of glass is recorded for posterity in the Guinness Book of World Records. The “pane” of glass was identified in the lab of David Muller, Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. Read the full Cornell Chronicle article here.

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July, 2013: KIC members Paul McEuen, David Muller, and Jiwoong Park have imaged solitons in bilayer graphene with atomic resolution. These solitons are predicted to act as ‘electrical highways’ allowing electrons to shoot from one end of the graphene sheet to the other.  Their work, published online in the June 24 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is also featured in the Cornell Chronicle (July 11).


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