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Tape lives on at Fermilab

Storing a deluge of particle physics data requires the help of an old friend: tape cartridges.

X-rays pick out letters on ancient scrolls

Papyri buried in the eruption of Vesuvius can now be virtually unrolled

Memory effect makes better optical solitons

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

New algorithm finds the optimal bond breaking point for single molecules

Recent developments in atomic-force microscopy have enabled researchers to apply mechanical forces to individual molecules to induce chemical reactions.

Synopsis: Organically Made Quantum Spin Liquids

Versatile materials called metal-organic frameworks might be good systems in which to search for quantum spin liquids. [Physics] Published Tue Aug 01, 2017

This month in Fermilab history: August

It was in August 1972 that Fermilab published its first experimental results.

Tuning in for science

The sprawling Square Kilometer Array radio telescope hunts signals from one of the quietest places on earth. When you think of radios, you probably think of noise. But the primary requirement for building the world’s largest radio telescope...Show More Summary

Research raises hope for erbium-based integrated photonics device

An Arizona State University researcher has made another breakthrough using the rare-earth metal erbium as the gain material for an optical amplifier, this time with an achievement that will enable its use for the first time with small chip optical technologies. Show More Summary

ALMA confirms Titan has membrane-forming chemical

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

First Africa-led experiment switches on at CERN

Physicists hope to inspire scientists at other African institutions

An underground groundbreaking

A physics project kicks off construction a mile underground.

An underground groundbreaking

A physics project kicks off construction a mile underground. For many government officials, groundbreaking ceremonies are probably old hat—or old hardhat. But how many can say they’ve been to a groundbreaking that’s nearly a mile underground? A group of dignitaries, including a governor and four members of Congress, now have those bragging rights. Show More Summary

Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing

Los Alamos National Laboratory has produced the first known material capable of single-photon emission at room temperature and at telecommunications wavelengths. These carbon nanotube quantum light emitters may be important for optically-based...Show More Summary

Scientists discover unique thermoelectric properties in cesium tin iodide

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity - a rare pairing that scientists say could reduce heat buildup in electronic devices and turbine engines, among other possible applications.

New optical device could help detect drugs, bomb-making chemicals and more

Scientists searching for traces of drugs, bomb-making components and other chemicals often shine light on the materials they're analyzing.

Feature: Research News: Editors’ Choice

A movie stored in DNA, dancing black holes, and more in our monthly wrap-up of papers from the literature. [Physics 10, 85] Published Mon Jul 31, 2017

Viewpoint: Causality in the Quantum World

Author(s): Jacques Pienaar A new model extends the definition of causality to quantum-mechanical systems. [Physics 10, 86] Published Mon Jul 31, 2017

Formation of porous crystals observed for the first time

Scientists at the University of Bristol have, for the first time, observed the formation of a crystal gel with particle-level resolution, allowing them to study the conditions by which these new materials form.

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