Volume 1 - June-July 2008
Story 1 - 12/6/2008
The Disordered Quantum Prison
Imagine a prison without walls, an open field where prisoners cannot leave simply because the field is not smooth. This is the idea behind Anderson Localization and has recently been observed in ultracold atomic gases.
Story 2 - 19/6/2008
Rewinding Plasmons Back in Time
Day-to-day life common sense often does not apply in science. But sometimes it works better than any other approach. Scouts know that retracing back clear markers on the way can avoid getting lost, the same principle has been recently proved to work in nanoplasmonics.
Story 3 - 25/6/2008
Super-Vision for Mr. Shrimp
There is an invisible world illuminated by polarized light. A world that has been disclosed to us only by the technological advances of the last decades. Surprisingly, various Australian shrimps can see it.
Story 4 - 3/7/2008
Shedding Light on Life
Where traditional optical microscopy fails, a new tool, the nanoscope, overcomes the last barrier: the diffraction limit. It can explore the interior of cells in 3D, non-invasively, and with nanometric resolution.
Story 5 - 10/7/2008
Time to Test Physics
How can we be sure about anything in nature? Without experiments, all physics is merely speculation. Optical clocks now allow us to test science with unprecedented accuracy, refining our understanding of the universe.
Story 6 - 17/7/2008
The Single Molecule
Who would you hire to localize a single molecule? A new detective is now available! A nano-lightning rod can do the job. It can act as a single-molecule fingerprint detective with an unprecedented spatial resolution up to 15 nanometers.
Story 7 - 28/7/2008
Random Lasers under Control
Random lasers are generally difficult to control: they emit in every direction at once and in many different colors. Now, exploiting a fundamental physical phenomenon, it is possible to choose their color.