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Understanding the unknown universe

The authors of We Have No Idea remind us that there are still many unsolved mysteries in science. What is dark energy? Why aren’t we made of antimatter? How many dimensions are there?  These are a few of the many unanswered questions...Show More Summary

Viewpoint: Probing Quarkonium Production in Jets

Author(s): Adam K. Leibovich and Thomas Mehen A study of J????? production in jets reveals the weaknesses of a widely used method of simulating high-energy particle collisions. [Physics 10, 51] Published Mon May 08, 2017

Researchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy states

Engineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds - the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.

Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond films

More than a decade ago, researchers discovered that when they added boron to the carbon structure of diamond, the combination was superconductive. Since then, growing interest has been generated in understanding these superconducting properties.

Scientists solve 400-year-old mystery of Prince Rupert's drops

(—Researchers have finally answered a question that has stumped scientists since the early 1600s: Why are the heads of tadpole-shaped pieces of glass called "Prince Rupert's drops" so strong?

CERN celebrates completion of Linac 4

At a ceremony today, CERN1 inaugurated its linear accelerator, Linac 4, the newest accelerator acquisition since the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Linac 4 is due to feed the CERN accelerator complex with particle beams of higher energy, which will allow the LHC to reach higher luminosity by 2021. Show More Summary

Fermilab hosts Latina STEM event for second year

More than 100 Latina middle and high schoolers and their parents attended and participated in workshops, heard from speakers, and took a tour around the lab.

Speedy X-ray detector arrives at NSLS-II

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), a DOE Office of Science User Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, is a truly international resource. Geoscientists from Australia and France recently...Show More Summary

A way to laser print colors that will not fade using tiny columns

(—A team of researchers at the Technical University of Denmark has developed a way to print colors onto a surface without using ink and which will not fade. In their paper published in the open-access journal Sciences Advances,...Show More Summary

Researcher employs HFIR to explore the mysterious world of quantum spin

Jie Ma, a professor from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, is using neutrons at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Flux Isotope Reactor to discover a three-dimensional image of the magnetic lattice of an oxide material (Ba2CoTeO6) containing quantum properties that could provide new insight into how electron "spins" can improve data processing and storage in computers.

First underwater carpet cloak realized with metamaterial

Researchers at the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have designed and fabricated an underwater acoustic carpet cloak using transformation acoustics, a scientific first. The research was published online in Scientific Reports on April 6.

Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missions

Man-made space radiation has been produced in research led by the University of Strathclyde, which could help to make space exploration safer, more reliable and more extensive.

Refrigerator for quantum computers discovered

The global race towards a functioning quantum computer is on. With future quantum computers, we will be able to solve previously impossible problems and develop, for example, complex medicines, fertilizers, or artificial intelligenc...

Five ways quantum computing will change the way we think about computing

While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patternsShow More Summary

Researchers demonstrated violation of Bell's inequality on frequency-bin entangled photon pairs

Quantum entanglement, one of the most intriguing features of multi-particle quantum systems, has become a fundamental building block in both quantum information processing and quantum computation. If two particles are entangled, no matter...Show More Summary

Kid Reading Update

For a long time now, I’ve had a Sunday routine with the kids, where we go to the Schenectady Greenmarket and then to the Open Door (which is right next to the outdoor market, and a couple blocks from the indoor location), then to lunch at Panera, and usually grocery shopping. We have a standing…

Physics Week in Review: May 6, 2017

Swirling bacteria are linked to phase transitions, the first "sounds" from the void in Saturn's rings, and using cosmic rays to search for hidden tombs in Turkey are among this week's physics highlights. But first! May the Fourth be with...

Feature: Meetings: Building an Internet of Things

A meeting organized by physicists laid out the technology needed to network the physical world. [Physics 10, 49] Published Fri May 05, 2017

Focus: Imaging with Your Wi-Fi Hotspot

Author(s): Philip Ball The Wi-Fi signals that provide internet access can also produce images of the transmitter’s 3D surroundings, even through walls. [Physics 10, 50] Published Fri May 05, 2017

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