They're not exactly the peanut butter and jelly of semiconductors, but when you put them together, something magical happens. Alone, neither lanthanum aluminate nor strontium titanate exhibit any particularly notable properties. But when they are layered together, they become not only conductive, but also magnetic.
A physical particle postulated nearly 80 years ago could help provide a decisive step toward the realization of novel, highly efficient data storage devices.
Researchers at the University of Leeds say that a type of bacterium which 'eats' iron to create tiny magnets could be used to make larger hard drives and faster connections.
Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with the news that Tampa Airport has changed the designation of one of its runways because the Earth's magnetic pole has shifted slightly.