Titanium atom that exists in two places at once in crystal to blame for unusual phenomenon

Titanium atom that exists in two places at once in crystal to blame for unusual phenomenon
This high-resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of BaTiS3 crystals is overlaid with illustrations showing the orientation of individual atoms in the crystal. Despite the atomic perfection of the crystal, it is unexpectedly poor at transporting thermal energy. Credit: Caltech/USC/ORNL

The crystalline solid BaTiS3 (barium titanium sulfide) is terrible at conducting heat, and it turns out that a wayward titanium atom that exists in two places at the same time is to blame.

The discovery, made by researchers from Caltech, USC, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was published on November 27 in the journal Nature Communications. It provides a fundamental atomic-level insight into an unusual thermal property that has been observed in several materials. The work is of particular interest to researchers who are exploring the potential use of crystalline solids with poor thermal conductivity in thermoelectric applications, in which heat is

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Future Ready Kerbside: Creating Places That Put People First

Uber and WSP have partnered to release a new white paper
Future Ready Kerbside – which examines what we
need to do today to ensure our kerbsides and streetscapes
enable the places people want now and into the

Using two case studies to bring the
recommendations to life, Crown Street in Sydney and Onehunga
Mall in Auckland, the white paper examines how the kerbside
is allocated and managed during the day and evening and what
impacts that has on people and place. It then envisions how
these kerbsides could be reimagined to create better places,
support future transport technology, and improve access for
the delivery of people and goods to support local

WSP’s Future Ready Lead Graham Pointer
said that the way we manage and allocate the kerbside has a
significant impact on achieving what we

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These are the best places to work

Spoiler alert: Companies that provide better benefits and greater flexibility to working parents are seeing a return on their investment, according to “Parents at the Best Workplaces” conducted by Maven and Great Place to Work.

COVID-19 changed the way we work, perhaps for good. Remote working policies that focus on greater flexibility and different ways of measuring productivity have emerged since the pandemic forced many employers to reassess what it takes to engage workers. This is particularly true when it comes to measuring the contributions of working parents (particularly women), many of whom are juggling remote learning for their kids in addition to their own responsibilities.

Polling over 400,000 working parents, Great Place to Work’s data science team analyzed data from the workers who answered more than 60 questions on its Trust Index survey to come up with a list of current best employers for working parents. In addition to

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Israel and the U.S. among the best places to be a woman entrepreneur as Covid shakes up ranking

Israel has charged past the United States and Switzerland to rank as the world’s best place to be a woman entrepreneur, according to a new report released Monday.

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The Middle Eastern nation jumped up three places this year to steal the title from New Zealand after Covid-19 caused a shakeup in the annual Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE).


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The four frontrunners were joined in the top 10 for the first time by Poland, Sweden and Spain, which rose rapidly this year to form a geographically varied leading list. The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia rounded out the top 10 as high-income economies fared better for female founders under the pandemic.

Now in its fourth year, MIWE examines the working environments of 58 economies — representing almost 80% of the world’s female labor force — to measure their success in fostering

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Black Friday Gaming chair deals: the best prices on places to park your butt

Picking up a Black Friday gaming chair deal is not about some unnecessary luxury purchase. When you’re gaming for hours on end in front of your big screen gaming monitor you’ve got to think about your spine, people. So in that, a Black Friday gaming chair deals is a very necessary luxury.

The Best Black Friday Gaming PC deals

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2. Office Chairs

You might see the best gaming chair as just the finishing touch to your PC setup, but really it’s something you should be thinking about from the get-go. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, especially with many of us increasingly working from home, means we spend a lot of time in our seats, so it’s 100 percent worth making sure that seat isn’t doing you any more harm than necessary.

Which is why it also makes sense

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Planets with many neighbors may be the best places to look for life

If you’re looking for life beyond the solar system, there’s strength in numbers.

A new study suggests that systems with multiple planets tend to have rounder orbits than those with just one, indicating a calmer family history. Only child systems and planets with more erratic paths hint at past planetary sibling clashes violent enough to knock orbits askew, or even lead to banishment. A long-lasting abundance of sibling planets might therefore have protected Earth from destructive chaos, and may be part of what made life on Earth possible, says astronomer Uffe Gråe Jørgensen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.

“Is there something other than the Earth’s size and position around the star that is necessary in order for life to develop?” Jørgensen says. “Is it required that there are many planets?”

Most of the 4,000-plus exoplanets discovered to date have elongated, or eccentric, orbits. That marks a striking difference

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Pandemic Places Increased Focus on Compensation and Technology for Advisors Considering Switching Firms

New Fidelity research finds nearly two-thirds of advisors believe digitally innovative firms have become more attractive and highlights opportunities for firms recruiting talent

Fidelity helps advisors and firms navigate moves in a virtual environment with new digital onboarding solutions and insights from a Fidelity Center for Applied Technology virtual reality pilot

Fidelity Institutional today announced the results of its 2020 Advisor Movement Studyi, which found that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased how influential compensation and technology are in advisors’ decisions to move firms. Four in 10 advisors surveyed agree that industry-wide digital enhancements due to the pandemic have made it easier to move firms; however, more than half cite concerns about potential difficulties transferring accounts in a virtual environment as a key factor in their decision. Despite these concerns, many advisors have been successful transitioning firms in a fully remote environment. Fidelity has supported more than 140 transitions

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Buyer places order for new phone during Amazon Great Indian sale, gets this instead

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New Delhi: In yet another incident of a bumbling e-commerce sale, a Delhi resident who placed an online purchase for a smartphone during the ongoing Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale was left disappointed when he did not quite receive the product he ordered.

The buyer Naman Vaish, who had booked a new smartphone in a exchange offer from the e-commerce website, took to microblogging site Twitter to share his terrible experience of receiving a bar of soap instead of the new phone worth around Rs 8,000 that he had ordered.

He wrote: “I have order MI redmi 8A dual on 24 October in exchange and today we gave our old phone in exchange to delivery boy and received an empty box with a #rin soup bar Dear Amazon please don’t break consumer’s trust and get this thing resolve. Attaching images.”

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NASA Finds Water and Ice on Moon in More Places Than Thought

Observations by spacecraft a decade ago had also suggested a more widespread distribution of water on the moon. Those measurements focused on a shorter, three-micron wavelength that was more ambiguous, unable to differentiate between a water molecule, which consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom or hydroxyl, which has one hydrogen atom and one oxygen atom.

“Hydroxyl is actually the active ingredient in drain cleaners,” said Casey I. Honniball, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and lead author of the study that used SOFIA. “Hypothetically, if drain cleaner were on the moon, we could not tell the difference between the drain cleaner and water using the three-micron wavelength.”

The six-micron emissions are a “distinct chemical fingerprint” for water, Dr. Honniball said.

These observations cannot be performed from Earth’s surface because there is too much water in the lower atmosphere. Also, no lunar spacecraft,

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Three places where data is on the ballot this November

The data in question is the wireless information transmitted by cars, known as telematics. If the question passes, cars made in 2022 or later and sold in Massachusetts would be required to have standardized, open-access telematics systems accessible to the owner or anyone else. In practice, this means third-party repair shops, who are leading the support for the bill. 

Ultimately, the debate is about consumers’ right to choose who gets to repair their devices. 

Massachusetts passed the country’s first right-to-repair law in 2013, requiring car manufacturers to sell diagnostic data to third-party shops. But that did not include wireless data, which would be covered by this measure. 

Car manufacturers are opposed, saying the measure does not give them enough time to safely update car systems without exposing them to security risks. But each side also has broader support at the national level. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration echoes concerns

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