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Dark energy alternatives to Einstein are running out of room
Research by University of Arizona astronomy professor Rodger Thompson finds that a popular alternative to Albert Einstein's theory for the acceleration of the expansion of the universe does not fit newly obtained data on a fundamental constant, the proton to electron mass ratio. (2013-01-09)
Louisiana Tech researcher featured in international physics journal
Dr. Dentcho Genov, an assistant professor of physics and electrical engineering at Louisiana Tech University and a Louisiana Optical Network Initiative Institute fellow, is featured in the most recent issue of Nature Physics, one of the most respected physics journals in the world. (2009-07-22)
Inaugural Kirkham Gold Medal presented to expert on soil physics
The first Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Gold Medal was awarded to Donald R. (2008-04-17)
APS to adopt Creative Commons licensing, publish open access articles and journals
Authors of papers in American Physical Society journals may now choose to make their papers freely available through the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, granting authors and others the right to copy, distribute, transmit, and adapt the work, provided that proper credit is given. (2011-02-15)
Great chocolate is a complex mix of science, physicists reveal
The science of what makes good chocolate has been revealed by researchers studying a 140-year-old mixing technique. (2019-05-08)
Discovering new tools for nanoscience
Directors of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science discuss their new (2010-03-31)
Researchers putting a freeze on oscillator vibrations
University of Oregon physicists have successfully landed a one-two punch on a tiny glass sphere, refrigerating it in liquid helium and then dosing its perimeter with a laser beam, to bring its naturally occurring mechanical vibrations to a near standstill. (2009-06-17)
Here come the 'brobots'
A team of researchers has developed sperm-inspired microrobots, which consist of a head coated in a thick cobalt-nickel layer and an uncoated tail. (2014-06-02)
Stellar discovery by Queen's researcher
Ph.D. candidate Matt Shultz has discovered the first massive binary star, epsilon Lupi, in which both stars have magnetic fields. (2015-09-11)
Queen's University discovery could impact how the body receives medicine
Researchers at Queen's University have discovered how molecules in glass or plastic are able to move when exposed to light from a laser. (2010-10-07)
Nobelist Klaus von Klitzing to receive 2014 Prange Prize
Nobel laureate Klaus von Klitzing has been named the 2014 recipient of the Richard E. (2014-09-17)
Tiny rulers to measure nanoscale structures
Physicists at China's Wuhan University discovered that nanospheres combined with a nanorod dimer could be used to solve the problem of measurement sensitivity at the nanoscale -- work reported in the Journal of Applied Physics. (2010-08-31)
Artificial black holes made with metamaterials
While our direct knowledge of black holes in the universe is limited to what we can observe from thousands or millions of light years away, a team of Chinese physicists has proposed a simple way to design an artificial electromagnetic black hole in the laboratory -- described in the Journal of Applied Physics. (2010-11-16)
ASU's Krauss will receive national award for improving public understanding of science
Lawrence Krauss has spent much of his lifetime trying to solve the riddles nature has put before us. (2012-03-29)
Molecule-by-molecule growth of thin films promises to speed up optical communication
Virginia Tech researchers are developing new organic materials for the conversion of electrical signals to optical signals. (2002-04-08)
Exotic insulator may hold clue to key mystery of modern physics
Experiments using laser light and pieces of gray material the size of fingernail clippings may offer clues to a fundamental scientific riddle: What is the relationship between the everyday world of classical physics and the hidden quantum realm that obeys entirely different rules? (2016-12-02)
New method of using nanotube X-rays creates CT images faster than traditional scanners
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new method to create computed tomography (CT) images using carbon nanotube X-rays that works much faster than traditional scanners and uses less peak power. (2006-08-02)
PhysMath Central takes off with a big bang
PhysMath Central, BioMed Central's open access publishing platform for the fields of physics, mathematics and computer science, today announced that PMC Physics A, the first PhysMath Central journal, has published its first research articles. (2007-10-02)
Quantum dots see in the dark
Researchers at the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin have built and tested a device based on nanostructures called quantum dots that can sensitively detect infrared radiation in a crucial wavelength range. (2004-06-14)
ASU professor finds new twist to old theory
Arizona State University Physics and Astronomy professor Ralph V. Chamberlin has found a new twist to an old theory of magnetism. (2000-11-15)
Illuminating a better way to calculate excitation energy
In a new study appearing this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics, researchers demonstrate a new method to calculate excitation energies. (2017-06-20)
First direct observation and measurement of ultra-fast moving vortices in superconductors
Researchers have made the first direct visual observation and measurement of ultra-fast vortex dynamics in superconductors. (2017-07-20)
University of Barcelona researchers develop new variant of Maxwell's demon at nanoscale
Maxwell's demon is a machine proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1897. (2019-04-17)
New type of neutrino may exist say scientists
A collaboration of university scientists and researchers working at Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico has published a final result paper that describes controversial research regarding neutrinos. (2001-12-11)
Wireless energy transfer can potentially recharge laptops, cell phones without cords
Recharging your laptop computer -- and also your cell phone and a variety of other gadgets -- might one day be doable in the same convenient way many people now surf the Web: wirelessly. (2006-11-14)
'It might be life, Jim...', physicists discover inorganic dust with lifelike qualities
Intriguing new evidence of lifelike structures that form from inorganic substances in space are revealed today in the New Journal of Physics. (2007-08-14)
Relocating LEDs from silicon to copper enhances efficiency
Chinese researchers have succeeded in transferring gallium nitride (GaN) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) grown on a layer of silicon to a layer of copper. (2012-06-14)
Light may arise from relativity violations
Light may be a direct result of small violations of relativity. (2005-03-21)
First hardware from South Africa delivered to ATLAS detector at CERN
Physicists from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have reached an important milestone and have made the first South African contribution of a (2013-09-05)
The 'woman who understood Newton'
In this month's edition of Physics World, Paula Findlen from Stanford University profiles Laura Bassi -- an emblematic and influential physicist from the 18th century who can be regarded as the first ever woman to forge a professional scientific career. (2013-08-28)
An entire library on one compact disc?
Imagine having the entire contents of the Library of Congress or every film ever shot in Hollywood on a single compact disc. (1999-08-09)
Bringing the story of industrial physics to light is the focus of new endowment
What research-and-development milestones brought thin, large-screen televisions to electronics stores? (2007-04-26)
The pitch drops that got the world talking
In light of recent results from the 'world's longest experiment,' spanning more than 90 years, at the University of Queensland, a group of researchers from Trinity College Dublin explain the background behind their own pitch-drop experiment in this month's Physics World and offer an explanation as to why their research hit the headlines in 2013. (2014-04-30)
'Quantum Chance': Book
'Quantum Chance,' a delightful and concise exposition, does not avoid the deep logical difficulties of quantum physics, but instead gives the reader the insights needed to appreciate them. (2014-09-01)
New material science research may advance tech tools
Hard, complex materials with many components are used to fabricate some of today's most advanced technology tools. (2015-08-31)
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)
2 nations' leading universities to collaborate in the stars
Tel Aviv University and Harvard University have launched the new Raymond and Beverly Sackler Harvard-Tel Aviv Astronomy Initiative. (2011-12-05)
Black holes don't erase information, scientists say
Some physicists have argued that black holes are the ultimate vault, sucking in information and then evaporating without leaving behind any clue as to what they once contained. (2015-04-02)
Waterloo-led experiment achieves the strongest coupling between light and matter
Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) recorded an interaction between light and matter 10 times larger than previously seen. (2016-10-12)
Common Korean surname tells tale of nationhood
The most common surname in Korea -- Kim -- has been traced back 1,500 years using a statistical model, providing evidence of a strong, stable culture that has remained intact to this day. (2011-07-27)
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