With the help of scientists like Sophia Hayes, associate professor of chemistry, new technologies may make it possible to remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, turn it into a solid, and store it in a safe environment elsewhere. Hayes uses a technique called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to understand the structure of materials, including carbon dioxide. Hear her describe this research project, explain how NMR works, and reveal how “the magic angle” – a Washington University innovation – changed the field.
In our lives and in our universe, the force of attraction exerts its influence in infinite ways. Why do we find some people appealing, but not others? How do black holes work? How does magnetism help reveal the structure of complex systems? In this series, our experts consider the many facets of attraction, examining this notion from perspectives including physics, psychology, politics, and literature. Join us as we try to name the invisible forces that move us.
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