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These articles were published in our popular science magazine: Inside Diamond
The Big Bang that created our universe took place in a fraction of a second. If you touch a hot stove, your nerve endings will send messages to your brain so quickly that pain will feel instantaneous. Many crucial scientific processes take place in a flash – but others happen much, much more slowly.
When we take pharmaceutical drugs, we’re safe in the knowledge that they have been rigorously tested to ensure effectiveness and stability. But the sub-microscopic structure of those drugs might change over time, particularly in hot and humid climates.
Claire Corkhill (university of Sheffield) on I11, the long duration beamline
Have you ever experienced the supreme frustration of having an old phone or laptop that can’t hold a charge? Lithium ion batteries are commonly used in consumer tech, but over time the cathodes that help to generate a current become degraded. This causes our gadgets to lose precious charge, triggering that most modern of all problems: the dodgy battery.
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