- Deterministic switching of ferromagnetism at room temperature using an electric fieldThe technological appeal of multiferroics is the ability to control magnetism with electric field. For devices to be useful, such control must be achieved at room temperature. The only single-phase multiferroic material exhibiting unambiguous magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature is BiFeO3 (refs 4 and 5). Its weak ferromagnetism arises from the canting of the antiferromagnetically […]
- Functionalized olefin cross-coupling to construct carbon–carbon bondsCarbon–carbon (C–C) bonds form the backbone of many important molecules, including polymers, dyes and pharmaceutical agents. The development of new methods to create these essential connections in a rapid and practical fashion has been the focus of numerous organic chemists. This endeavour relies heavily on the ability to form C–C bonds in the presence of […]
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- Organic synthesis: Better chemistry through radicalsAn iron catalyst has been developed that mediates bond formation between a wide range of alkene reactants, opening up short synthetic routes to compounds that were previously accessible only through arduous pathways. See Article p.343
- Materials science: Two steps for a magnetoelectric switchMagnetoelectric materials allow magnetism to be controlled by an electric field. The discovery of an indirect path for switching electrical polarization in one such material brings this idea close to practical use. See Letter p.370
- The exclusion of a significant range of ages in a massive star clusterStars spend most of their lifetimes on the main sequence in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram. The extended main-sequence turn-off regions—containing stars leaving the main sequence after having spent all of the hydrogen in their cores—found in massive (more than a few tens of thousands of solar masses), intermediate-age (about one to three billion years old) star […]
- 2014 Editors' choiceExtracts from selected News & Views articles published this year.
- Reconstruction and control of a time-dependent two-electron wave packetThe concerted motion of two or more bound electrons governs atomic and molecular non-equilibrium processes including chemical reactions, and hence there is much interest in developing a detailed understanding of such electron dynamics in the quantum regime. However, there is no exact solution for the quantum three-body problem, and as a result even the minimal […]
- Deterministic switching of ferromagnetism at room temperature using an electric field
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