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Thousands march for science in Washington

Protestors gather in the US capital and at almost 600 other places across the world

A tiny droplet of the early universe?

Particles seen by the ALICE experiment hint at the formation of quark-gluon plasma during proton-proton collisions. About 13.8 billion years ago, the universe was a hot, thick soup of quarks and gluons—the fundamental components that...Show More Summary

First-ever direct observation of chiral currents in quantum Hall atomic simulation

Using an atomic quantum simulator, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have achieved the first-ever direct observation of chiral currents in the model topological insulator, the 2-D integer quantum Hall syst...

Nature plants a seed of engineering inspiration

Researchers in South Korea have quantitatively deconstructed what they describe as the "ingenious mobility strategies" of seeds that self-burrow rotationally into soil. This is an example of the many ways nature uses biological geometry to provide plants with muscle-like capabilities.

Growth under pressure: New metamaterial designed with counterintuitive property

In the not-too-distant future, it may be possible to 3-D print virtually anything. Consider standard printers, which "synthesize" thousands of colors by using only three color cartridges. By analogy, future 3-D printers may be capable of synthesizing thousands of different material properties with a mere handful of material cartridges.

New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution

Numerous hazardous substances seep from landfills into soil and groundwater, threatening human health and the environment. However, current methods for monitoring these substances are cumbersome and can create additional hazardous chemicals.

Clarifying the mechanism for suppressing turbulence through ion mass

Seeking to further improve plasma performance, from March 7, 2017, plasma experiments utilizing deuterium ions, which have twice the mass of hydrogen, were initiated in the Large Helical Device (LHD) at the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS). Show More Summary

Revealing polymeric fluids behavior at the microscopic scale

An important concept in future healthcare is the development of devices called "lab on a chip." These "chips," not related to the electronic ones found in computers, are small devices in which biological fluids – blood or urine for example – are injected to fill specifically designed microscopic channels. Show More Summary

Scientists engaged holography in fast estimating particles in media

Optical engineers from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg developed an express method for estimating the distribution of particles in optically transparent media based on correlation analysis of holograms. As a big part of the study, they created an algorithm capable of image processing in a few seconds. Show More Summary

New camera system inspired by animal vision

Scientists have taken inspiration from how animals' eyes work to create a new way for computer-controlled cameras to 'see'.

Researchers develop faster biosensor platform using a magnetic field

A research team led by Professor CheolGi Kim has developed a biosensor platform using magnetic patterns resembling a spider web with detection capability 20 times faster than existing biosensors.

Physics Week in Review: April 22, 2017

Scientists are marching on behalf of science all over the country today, in case you haven't heard--despite the controversy about what one might call the diversity question. Per The Atlantic, Marching scientists will have a lot in common with angry...

Physics Week in Review: April 15, 2017

This week's highlights: new evidence for hydrothermal havens in Saturn's moon, Enceladus; the physics of why your shoelaces come untied all by themselves; and the mathematics of the probability of Red Shirts dying in Star Trek, compared to other cast...

Silicon Valley

I’ll be at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend, talking on two panels about science and its intersection with film on the one hand (tonight at 7pm if my flight is not too delayed), and non-fiction comics (see my book to come) on the other (Saturday at 12:30 or so). … Click to continue reading this post ? The post Silicon Valley appeared first on Asymptotia.

Focus: Germanium Revived from the Spintronics Graveyard

Author(s): Mark Buchanan Germanium produces a surprisingly large separation of electron spins in response to electric current—good news for spin-based devices, since germanium is highly compatible with silicon. [Physics 10, 44] Published Fri Apr 21, 2017

Science not a priority in Trump White House, says physicist John Holdren

Former science adviser says Congress and industry will reject cuts to education and climate initiatives

Come visit the new baby bison at Fermilab!

Baby bison season is here, and all are welcome to visit with and photograph the newborns. Fermilab is expecting the new babies to be joined by at least 10 more over the next six weeks.

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