Cells that communicate with each other can measure chemical concentrations with higher precision if they spread out into a sparse configuration. [Physics] Published Tue Feb 14, 2017
Advance your romance with science. This Valentine’s Day, we challenged our readers to send us physics-inspired love poems. You answered the call: We received dozens of submissions—in four different languages! You can find some of our...Show More Summary
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen have discovered a new mechanism for guiding light in photonic crystal fibre (PCF). PCF is a hair-thin glass fibre with a regular array of hollow channels running along its length. Show More Summary
EPFL scientists have found a way to miniaturize frequency combs, realizing a new step toward miniaturization of such tools. Their device can measure light oscillations with a precision of 12 digits.
We see the world in reflection: Nearly all the light that enters our eyes has bounced off something first, bringing with it information about the nature of the objects it encountered on the way. But that information is strongly affected by the angle at which the light strikes the object, and also the angle at which the reflected light reaches the eye of the beholder.
A detection device designed and built at Yale is narrowing the search for dark matter in the form of axions, a theorized subatomic particle that may make up as much as 80% of the matter in the universe.
Construction will begin on a next-generation dark matter detector with the UK taking a leading role and providing vital hardware for the project.
Vesicles, like living cells, are membrane-enclosed "sacs" of fluid that can cushion molecular cargo such as pharmaceutical drugs. If a drug is successfully encapsulated into a vesicle carrier and the carrier remains intact, it can be delivered directly for therapeutic treatment. Show More Summary
If you want to see what happens if your phone falls onto concrete, you can actually drop it or let an engineer work out the consequences in advance.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths worldwide—yet researchers still don't fully understand how blood flows or even which components within blood can lead to cardiac issues.
Hagfish are marine fish shaped like eels, famous for releasing large quantities of "slime" that unfolds, assembles and expands into the surrounding water in response to a threat or a predator's attack. This defense mechanism even works against sharks by effectively clogging their gills or choking them.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a largely silent epidemic that affects roughly two million people each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the scale at which blast TBI (bTBI) injuries—in the spotlight as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—occur and manifest is unknown.
The study of topological superconductors (TSCs) is a hotspot in the field of condensed matter physics, and has drawn great attention in recent years. Now, Prof. Hai-Hu Wen's group from Nanjing University has succeeded in detecting the two-fold symmetry of superconductivity in SrxBi2Se3, which provides new evidence for the argument that SrxBi2Se3 is a TSC.
Thin glass-polymer sheet increases passive radiative cooling
A machine learning algorithm designed to teach computers how to recognize photos, speech patterns, and hand-written digits has now been applied to a vastly different set of data: identifying phase transitions between states of matte...
Stephen Ornes reports on how two groups may have finally observed supersolids
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An international team of scientists has used high-intensity X-ray pulses to determine the structure of the crystalline protein envelope of an insect virus. Their analysis reveals the fine details of the building blocks that make up the viral cocoon down to a scale of 0.2 nanometres (millionths of a millimetre) - approaching atom-scale resolution. Show More Summary
Construction has officially launched for the LZ next-generation dark matter experiment. The race is on to build the most sensitive US-based experiment designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Department of Energy officialsShow More Summary
Author(s): Rachel M. Godun Transportable atomic clocks are now operating with fractional-frequency uncertainties below one part in 1016, opening up new applications. [Physics 10, 11] Published Mon Feb 13, 2017