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Nature publishes the results of the global experiment The Big Bell test
For the first time, the thousands of decisions which each experiment requires were taken directly by humans, and not by machines. (2018-05-15)
Solid research leads physicists to propose new state of matter
The term 'superfluid quasicrystal' sounds like something a comic-book villain might use to carry out his dastardly plans. (2018-04-09)
Team led by graduate student at PPPL produces unique simulation of magnetic reconnection
There is a new application of the fluid model to reconnection in space plasmas. (2017-09-08)
2-D physics
Physicist Andrea Young receives a 2016 Packard Fellowship to pursue his studies of van der Waals heterostructures. (2016-10-19)
Why do people switch their language?
Due to increasing globalization, the linguistic landscape of our world is changing; many people give up use of one language in favor of another. (2017-03-14)
Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption
Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. (2019-04-19)
New feedback system could allow greater control over fusion plasma
A physicist has created a new system that will let scientists control the energy and rotation of plasma in real time in a doughnut-shaped machine known as a tokamak. (2017-03-20)
Tricking photons leads to first-of-its-kind laser breakthrough
A team of optics researchers from the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the first-ever nonmagnetic topological insulator laser, a finding that has the potential to substantially improve the efficiency, beam quality, and resilience of semiconductor laser arrays. (2018-02-12)
Legacy of brilliant young scientist is a major leap in quantum computing
Researchers from the University of Bristol and Université Libre de Bruxelles have theoretically shown how to write programs for random circuitry in quantum computers. (2017-03-07)
Testing quantum field theory in a quantum simulator
Quantum field theories are often hard to verify in experiments. (2017-05-17)
Teaching quantum physics to a computer
An international collaboration led by ETH physicists has used machine learning to teach a computer how to predict the outcomes of quantum experiments. (2018-02-27)
Universal laws in impact dynamics of dust agglomerates under microgravity conditions
A collaboration between Nagoya University and TU Braunschweig finds evidence that when projectiles hit soft clumps of dust or hard clumps of loose glass beads, the scaling laws for energy dissipation and energy transfer are the same in each case. (2018-11-16)
Investigating cell stress for better health -- and better beer
Human beings are not the only ones who suffer from stress -- even microorganisms can be affected. (2019-02-12)
On the shape of the 'petal' for the dissipation curve
Topological insulators are new materials that have been studied by many research groups around the world for more than ten years. (2018-04-20)
Promising sensors for submarines, mines and spacecraft
Researchers from the Physics Department of Moscow State University and their colleagues have discovered a mechanism that allows gas sensors, based on nanocrystalline metal oxides, to work at room temperature. (2017-11-10)
Tiny camera lens may help link quantum computers to network
An international team of researchers led by The Australian National University (ANU) has invented a tiny camera lens, which may lead to a device that links quantum computers to an optical fibre network. (2018-09-13)
Breakthrough in the quantum transfer of information between matter and light
From stationary to flying qubits at speeds never reached before...This feat, achieved by a team from Polytechnique Montréal and France's Centre national de la recherche scientifique, brings us a little closer to the era when information is transmitted via quantum principles. (2016-11-10)
New parts of the brain become active after students learn physics -- Drexel University study
A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic. (2018-05-24)
Swansea University's physicists develop a new quantum simulation protocol
A step closer to understanding quantum mechanics: Swansea University's physicists develop a new quantum simulation protocol. (2017-10-20)
A single photon reveals quantum entanglement of 16 million atoms
Quantum theory predicts that a vast number of atoms can be entangled and intertwined by a very strong quantum relationship even in a macroscopic structure. (2017-10-13)
New turbulent transport modeling shows multiscale fluctuations in heated plasma
Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility used a 'reduced physics' fluid model of plasma turbulence to explain unexpected properties of the density profile inside a tokamak experiment. (2018-02-13)
How we escaped from the Big Bang
A Griffith University physicist is challenging the conventional view of space and time to show how the world advances through time. (2016-08-17)
New evidence on the formation of the solar system
International research involving a Monash University scientist is using new computer models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system. (2016-12-01)
New hybrid nanostructures detect nanoscale magnetism
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a new process for growing a single multi-walled carbon nanotube that is embedded with cobalt nanostructures. (2008-12-08)
Large-scale climatic warming could increase persistent haze in Beijing
A recent study demonstrated a significant positive trend of persistent haze events in Beijing for the winters from 1980 to 2016 and its close relationship to an increasing frequency of extreme anomalous southerly episodes in North China, as a result of a weakened East Asian winter monsoon system. (2018-03-15)
MSU-based physicists witnessed the turning of a dielectric into a conductor
A scientist from the Faculty of Physics, MSU together with Russian and foreign colleagues studied changes in the behavior of electrons in one of the types of dielectrics with high time resolution and witnessed how the material turned into a conductor under the influence of ultra-short laser impulses. (2018-03-26)
When photons spice up the energy levels of quantum particles
For the first time, a team of mathematical physicists from Togo and Benin, call upon supersymmetry to explain the behaviour of particles that have received a photon and are subjected to particular potential energies known as shape-invariant potentials. (2018-06-19)
Relieving chronic pain
A new, implantable device for treating chronic pain passes an important safety test. (2013-03-25)
How often do quantum systems violate the second law of thermodynamics?
The likelihood of seeing quantum systems violating the second law of thermodynamics has been calculated by UCL scientists. (2016-10-25)
Study provides insight into the physics of the Higgs particle
Physicists at the University of Bonn have succeeded in putting a superconducting gas into an exotic state. (2018-06-27)
Rutgers physicists create new class of 2D artificial materials
In 1965, a renowned Princeton University physicist theorized that ferroelectric metals could conduct electricity despite not existing in nature. (2018-06-11)
What Earth's climate system and topological insulators have in common
New research shows that equatorial waves -- pulses of warm ocean water that play a role in regulating Earth's climate -- are driven by the same dynamics as the exotic materials known as topological insulators. (2017-10-05)
Direct coupling of the Higgs boson to the top quark observed
An observation made by the CMS experiment at CERN unambiguously demonstrates the interaction of the Higgs boson and top quarks, which are the heaviest known subatomic particles. (2018-06-04)
Scientists developed a new sensor for future missions to the Moon and Mars
A team of scientists from the Faculty of Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University and their colleagues developed a compact spectral polarimeter for carrying outmineralogical investigations on the surface of astronomical bodies. (2017-11-29)
'New physics' charmingly escapes us
In the world of elementary particles, traces of a potential 'new physics' may be concealed in processes related to the decay of baryons. (2018-08-02)
Back to school with physics on the brain: high school enrollments at postwar high
A new report from the American Institute of Physics shows that enrollment in high-school physics classes is at its highest point since the end of World War II. (1999-09-03)
OU physicists developing new systems for next generation solar cells
University of Oklahoma physicists are developing novel technologies with the potential to impact utility-scale energy generation, increase global energy capacity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by producing a new generation of high efficiency solar cells. (2016-07-28)
Classmates could spur 'contagious' interest in STEM
College students who thought their high school classmates were interested in science classes were more likely to intend to pursue STEM careers, a new study reports. (2017-08-09)
A new method for quantitative estimation of the degree of similarity of coordination polyhedra
The problem of the relationship between the structure of materials and their physical properties is one of the global problems of the present day. (2018-03-28)
New proton record: Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision
The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. (2017-11-27)
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