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UF physicists win two top international awards
Each year, the American Physical Society prizes honor the world's leading physicists. (2014-10-27)
Warmed-up organic memory transistor has larger memory capacity
Scientists show that non-volatile memory made from a sandwich of silver nanoparticle-laced plastic retains its on/off state over a wider voltage range when operating at toasty temperatures. (2011-07-29)
Calculating the mechanics of a rough sphere
A transatlantic team of researchers explain the creation of a simulation model that can help scientists mathematically correct for any errors related to a sphere's roughness this week in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing. (2016-05-31)
Findings suggest new oxygen-sensing application for material
Purdue University research into computer-related technology has yielded unexpected results that could lead to better oxygen sensors for car exhaust systems and medical devices. (1999-06-15)
Backpack physics: Smaller hikers carry heavier loads
Hikers are generally advised that the weight of the packs they carry should correspond to their own size, with smaller individuals carrying lighter loads. (2014-10-21)
Moving polymers through pores
The movement of long chain polymers through nanopores is a key part of many biological processes, including the transport of RNA, DNA, and proteins. (2010-07-13)
U of Toronto to award quantum mechanics prize to renowned physicist Sandu Popescu
The University of Toronto has selected quantum physicist Sandu Popescu to receive the prestigious John Stewart Bell Prize for his enormous contributions to the field of quantum mechanics. (2011-05-24)
Physicists reveal striking similarities in sporting performance
Finding the similarities between volleyball and snooker may seem quite tricky. (2012-09-20)
Firing photons makes advance in space communication
For the first time, physicists have been able to identify individual returning photons after firing and reflecting them off of a space satellite in orbit almost 1,500 kilometers above the earth. (2008-03-28)
Symposium to honor Bob Richardson is April 12
A symposium honoring Nobel laureate Robert C. Richardson, the Floyd R. (2008-04-09)
Study suggests simple way to make near-perfect lenses
A new study from the University of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania State University suggests a smart solution to one of the biggest challenges facing the optics and electromagnetics sector - how to produce near-perfect lenses cheaply. (2005-09-07)
Cell membranes behave like cornstarch and water
Mix two parts cornstarch and one part water. Swirl your fingers in it slowly and the mixture is a smoothly flowing liquid. (2010-11-03)
CERN and the American Physical Society announce partnership for open access
The American Physical Society and The European Organization for Nuclear Research jointly announce a partnership to make all European Organization for Nuclear Research-authored articles published in the American Physical Society journal collection to be open access. (2014-09-18)
New inexpensive solar cell design
One of the most promising technologies for making inexpensive but reasonably efficient photovoltaic cells just got much cheaper. (2010-08-03)
Undergraduate OSC researcher heading to UK
In pursuit of a graduate degree next year in the United Kingdom, an Ohio State Honors student will leverage what he's learned about using specialized processors at the Ohio Supercomputer Center to study cutting-edge mathematical methods for analyzing large datasets. (2015-02-24)
Supercomputers help physicists understand a force of nature
A breakthrough in the calculations needed to understand the strong nuclear force that comes from the motion of quarks and gluons is allowing scientists to begin finding answers to some profound questions. (2006-07-11)
Pitt researchers create new form of matter
Physicists at the University of Pittsburgh have demonstrated a new form of matter that melds the characteristics of lasers with those of the world's best electrical conductors. (2007-05-18)
Programmed cell death contributes force to the movement of cells
In addition to pruning cells out of the way during embryonic development, the much-studied process of programmed cell death, or apoptosis, has been newly found to exert significant mechanical force on surrounding cells. (2008-09-18)
Diamonds are a doctor's best friend
British scientists have developed a way of using diamond to help make low-friction medical implants, which could also help reduce infections due to superbugs such as MRSA. (2005-09-19)
Physicists make it possible to 3-D print your own baby universe
Researchers have created a 3-D printed cosmic microwave background -- a map of the oldest light in the universe -- and provided the files for download. (2016-10-28)
Two-time Nobel winner not stereotypical 'genius', biographers say
Americans take verbal shortcuts to say someone is intellectually underwhelming -- he's no brain surgeon, no rocket scientist, no Einstein. (2002-11-27)
Cold atoms and nanotubes come together in an atomic 'black hole'
Carbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in materials and electronics, may also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes. (2010-04-06)
Origin of galactic comic rays focus of NASA grant
Astrophysicists at Washington University in St. Louis have received a five-year, $3,225,740 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design and build Super-TIGER -- a Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder -- and then fly it aboard a high-altitude balloon over Antarctica to collect rare atomic particles called galactic cosmic rays. (2009-02-23)
New method developed for synchronizing clocks
In the journal Review of Scientific Instruments, researchers report on a new way to accurately synchronize clocks. (2010-07-20)
NPL wins at National SciCast Science Film Competition
On March 30, 2009, at the Royal Institution, the National Physical Laboratory's Andrew Hanson won (2009-04-03)
The physics of lead guitar playing
String bends, tapping, vibrato and whammy bars are all techniques that add to the distinctiveness of a lead guitarist's sound, whether it's Clapton, Hendrix, or BB King. (2014-07-23)
How do we support today's Einsteins?
Is today's academic and corporate culture stifling science's risk-takers and stopping disruptive, revolutionary science from coming to the fore? (2009-04-01)
An Ikerbasque researcher disentangles the strange behavior of qubits
The study shows that certain quantum jumps are prohibited between the two levels of a qubit superconductor. (2008-07-25)
Puzzling on a quantum chessboard
Physicists at the University of Innsbruck are proposing a new model that could demonstrate the supremacy of quantum computers over classical supercomputers in solving optimization problems. (2019-07-10)
Nanomotors and mechanical nanoswitches offer applications in medicine and pharmaceutics
This year's Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics will be awarded to Dr. (2006-04-11)
A new technique for creation of entangled photon states developed
Members of the Faculty of Physics, the Lomonosov Moscow State University have elaborated a new technique for creation of entangled photon states, exhibiting photon pairs, which get correlated (interrelated) with each other. (2017-02-14)
Fruitful collaboration earns another NSF award for Medical College scientist
Stuart A. Newman, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, is one of seven scientists who have been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study biological self assembly using a technique called (2005-10-24)
UC Riverside graduate student gets rare opportunity to consort with Nobel laureates
Michael Maroun, a physics graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, is one of only 580 young researchers from 69 countries who will spend six days next month with more than 25 Nobel laureates at the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. (2012-06-25)
High school physics enrollment hits record high
More US high school students are taking physics than ever before, and the number of physics bachelor's degree recipients in the nation has increased 31 percent since 2000, according to new data presented today by the American Institute of Physics. (2007-01-10)
International physics meeting at Duke to address interactions between fundamental particles
About 250 scientists from more than 30 countries will gather on the Duke University campus June 5-10 for the 17th International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) conference on (2003-06-03)
Scientists evaluate different antimicrobial metals for use in water filters
Researchers from Princeton University in New Jersey used atomic force microscopy measurements to study the adhesion interaction between Escherichia coli bacteria and colloidal silver, silver nanoparticles, and copper nanoparticles, as well as the interactions of the bacteria and the three different types of metal to porous clay-based ceramic surfaces. (2012-05-24)
Electromechanics also operates at the nanoscale
What limits the behavior of a carbon nanotube? This is a question that many scientists are trying to answer. (2011-05-09)
Formula to detect an author's literary 'fingerprint'
Using literature written by Thomas Hardy, D.H. Lawrence and Herman Melville, physicists in Sweden have developed a formula to detect different authors' literary (2009-12-10)
International conference to probe mystery of the cosmos
Dark energy has baffled astronomers since its discovery in 1999. (2007-04-25)
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