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Board of directors with similar backgrounds can hurt a company’s bottom line

Jan. 17, 2019

When picking a board of directors, shareholders naturally seek individuals with the best pedigrees—those who attended the best schools and worked at prestigious companies. But it turns out that this strategy can backfire when members of the board share similar backgrounds.  Full Story
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Just like flipping a switch – in only half a picosecond

MU researchers discover molecules ‘spin flip’ from magnetic to non-magnetic forms dynamically

Jan. 16, 2019

Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a “spin flip,” was thought to occur slowly in most cases. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered spin flips happen in one half of one trillionth of a second, or half a picosecond in the course of a chemical reaction. To understand how fast it is — watches count in seconds, sporting games are timed in 10ths of a second, and light travels just under 12 inches in one-billionth of a second. Spin flips are faster.  Full Story
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