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A guide to Cassini’s Grand Finale

Why NASA's Cassini craft is taking a death dive into Saturn

Core solutions reach optimally extreme light pulses

As scientist probe nature ever more precisely with laser pulses, now aiming for the zeptosecond regime - a trillionth of a billionth of a second and the fastest scale of time measured - optimizing each parameter of those pulses can offer more finely tuned measurements of as-yet unknown dynamic properties. Show More Summary

Viewpoint: A Doubly Charming Particle

Author(s): Raúl A. Briceño High-precision experiments at CERN find a new baryon containing two charm quarks. [Physics 10, 100] Published Mon Sep 11, 2017

Hollow atoms: The consequences of an underestimated effect

The "hollow atoms", which are being produced in the labs of TU Wien (Vienna) are quite exotic objects. Their electrons are in a state of extremely high energy (so called Rydberg states), but when they are shot through another material, they can get rid of this energy in a matter of femtoseconds (millionths of a billionth of a second).

First practical building blocks for a global quantum internet

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have taken a major leap forward to provide practical building blocks for a global quantum internet. The team, led by Associate Professor Matthew Sellars, have shown that an erbium-doped crystal is uniquely suited to enable a global telecommunications network that harnesses the weird properties of quantum mechanics.

The turbulent healing powers of plasma

Researchers are starting to discover the curing powers of plasma—bringing the ion-based form of matter into medical realms. A kind of plasma called non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma can help heal wounds, destroy cancer cells and kill harmful bacteria.

Wendelstein 7-X: Second round of experimentation started

The plasma experiments in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald, Germany, have been resumed after a 15-month conversion break. The extension has made the device fit for higher heating power and longer pulses. Show More Summary

An apparent macroscopic violation of the second law of thermodynamics in a quantum system

Researchers at UCM and CSS have encountered a partial violation of the second law of thermodynamics in a quantum system known as Hofstadter lattice. This partial violation has no place within the framework of classical physics.

Using mirrors to improve the quality of light particles

Scientists from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have succeeded in dramatically improving the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum system. The scientists have successfully put a 10-year-old theoretical prediction into practice. Show More Summary

Drops of water found to spring from oscillating surface faster than the surface moves

(—A team of researchers with the University of Côte d'Azur in France has found that drops ejected by an oscillating surface can at times travel faster than the surface that ejected them. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes experiments they conducted by flinging water from a superhydrophobic surface and what they found.

Big data, big responsibilities

Big Data, which looks at the good, the bad and the new power relationships created by the “information revolution” is a quick but fascinating read, says Tushna Commissariat

Book of Sol

The Sun is more of a reference book with pretty pictures than a general science book, writes by Tushna Commissariat

At the boundary of knowledge

We Have No Idea is a “frequently hilarious and deeply charming” exploration into the unknown, writes Aatish Bhatia

Starting bell sounds for CHIME

Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics

Detectors in the dirt

A humidity and temperature monitor developed for CMS finds a new home in Lebanon. People who tend crops in Lebanon and people who tend particle detectors on the border of France and Switzerland have a need in common: large-scale humidity and temperature monitoring. Show More Summary

Team produces unique simulation of magnetic reconnection

Jonathan Ng, a Princeton University graduate student at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has for the first time applied a fluid simulation to the space plasma process behind solar flares northern lights and space storms. Show More Summary

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