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Simulations of skyrmion bags in magnetic materials. Each point represents a direction of the magnet, with white upwards, black downwards and colours around a colour wheel. The bags consist of three vortex-like lumps, which are the skyrmions inside the bag.

Skyrmions could provide next generation data storage

Skyrmionics focuses on harnessing the properties of nanometer-sized structures in magnetic films called skyrmions. These spin on the surface of the magnet like tiny...
Is your child seriously ill?

Is your child seriously ill?

Respiratory infections in children are very common. This is also a common reason that parents take children to see their GP. Parents, for the most...
Breakthrough research using quantum cryptography addresses security in 5G networks

Breakthrough research using quantum cryptography addresses security in 5G networks

Recent advances in software engineering and commodity computing advances have revolutionized the telecommunications industry in the past decade. Different kinds of network communications services...
The figure (Manhattan plot) may be useful as it shows the areas of the genome which are associated with mouth ulcers. Each stream of dots going above the red line indicates an area (or several areas close together) that is associated with mouth ulcers. Credit: University of Bristol

Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers affect up to 25 percent of young adults and a higher proportion of children. In a past study, scientists have demonstrated that...
Life image of Clevosaurus Image credit:Sophie Chambi-Trowell

Undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of two species of ancient reptile

Clevosaurus was a lizard-like reptile, an early representative of an ancient group of reptiles called Rhynchocephalia. It was particularly widespread and diverse, surviving the...
Unraveling secrets of diamond formation

Unraveling secrets of diamond formation

Carbon is a key component of all known life on Earth, representing approximately 45-50% of all dry biomass. It is taken into Earth’s interior...
Professor Tim Caro observing zebra behaviour in response to biting fly annoyance School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol

Study reveals why the zebra got its stripes

The function of zebra stripes has been a source of scientific interest for over 150 years generating many hypotheses. A new study by the University...
View of Mount Agung on November 10, 2017 from the Rendang Volcano Observatory, operated by CVGHM Photo by Jake Lowenstern, US Geological Survey

Satellite images reveal interconnected plumbing system that caused Bali volcano to erupt

The previous eruption of Agung in 1963 killed nearly 2,000 people and was followed by a small eruption at its neighboring volcano, Batur. In September...
Sea ice in front of the floating ice Stange Ice Shelf Image: David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

Future sea level rise could be much lower than previously feared

Two papers distributed in Nature this week call into uncertainty ongoing forecasts of unavoidable Antarctic ice sheet collapse. The first paper proposes that continued...