Scientists overhear two atoms chatting

Each atom carries a small magnetic moment called spin. These spins influence each other. If you give one of them a push, they will start moving together in a very specific way. Atoms can feel each other.

First-Ever Footage Of Atoms Bonding

Using advanced microscopy methods, scientists captured a moment of breaking of a chemical bond, around half a million times smaller than the width of a human hair. We are now the first generation of humans to have seen atoms.

Superradiance: Quantum effect detected in tiny diamonds

An atom gives off energy and causes many other atoms in its vicinity to emit light as well. This phenomenon is called 'superradiance'. For the first time, this phenomenon has now bean measured in a solid-state system.

Large Hadron Collider Accelerated 'Atoms' With Electrons for the First Time

In this case a beam of lead “atoms” traveled through the accelerator with at least one electron attached. The physicists hope to one day use these accelerated atoms in a next-generation experiment.

Running chemical reactions in liquid metal makes atomically thin materials

An Australian-US team has devised a way to make a broad class of atomically thin metal oxides, including 2D versions of materials already in use by the electronics industry. Their secret is a room temperature liquid metal.

China develops world's brightest VUV free electron laser research facility

A team of Chinese scientists announced that they have developed a new bright VUV FEL light source. Vacuum Ultra Violet (VUV) light sources are especially useful for sensitive detection of atoms, molecules and clusters.

World's smallest radio receiver has building blocks the size of two atoms

Researchers have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.

World's smallest magnifying glass makes it possible to see chemical bonds between atoms

For centuries, scientists believed that light couldn't be focused down smaller than its wavelength. Now, researchers have created the world's smallest magnifying glass, which focuses light a billion times more tightly, down to the scale of single atoms.

Weak atomic bond, theorized 14 years ago, observed for first time

Rydberg molecules are formed when an electron is kicked far from an atom's nucleus. A physicist theorized in 2002 that such a molecule could attract and bind to another atom.

Scientists stop light in a cloud of atoms

Australian scientists have stopped light in a cloud of very cold atoms, a development that provides a essential building block for quantum computing.

Physicists build mirrors from just 1,000 atoms

Breakthrough in reflection technology could be used for making optical circuits and quantum computers.

Proton Radius Puzzle Deepens With New Measurement

The new finding, to appear on August 12 in Science, increases the slim chance that something is truly amiss, rather than simply mismeasured, in the heart of atoms.

Smallest hard disk to date writes information atom by atom

Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists managed to bring this reduction to the ultimate limit.

Physicists just confirmed a pear-shaped nucleus, and it could ruin time travel forever

Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.

Scientists Measure Smallest Ever Forces Between Atoms

Cast your mind back to high school chemistry and you might remember the van der Waals force: The weak bond between molecules, caused by the way their electrons shift at the atomic level. Now, for the first time, those tiny forces have been measured between two atoms.