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More reliable way to produce single photons

Physicists at the University of Bath have developed a technique to more reliably produce single photons that can be imprinted with quantum information.

Doing physics by ear

Hear what it's like to do particle physics without sight

Is the universe a sponge?

J Richard Gott’s book on the large-scale topology of the universe goes beyond a “Cosmology 101” pseudo-history, writes Martin Bucher

Web life: Ice Flows

Guide penguins to their Antarctic feeding grounds and learn about the behaviour of ice sheets in the Ice Flows game

Better than milk on breakfast cereals: New precision coating method for industrial granular material

Deposition of a thin film catalyst of a predicted thickness on the surface of novel hydrogen storage microbeads helps release hydrogen.

Capturing an elusive spectrum of light

Researchers led by EPFL have built ultra-high quality optical cavities for the elusive mid-infrared spectral region, paving the way for new chemical and biological sensors, as well as promising technologies.

Slow as molasses? Sweet but deadly 1919 disaster explained

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919—one of Boston's most peculiar disasters—killed 21 people, injured 150 others and flattened buildings when a giant storage tank ruptured.

A paper trail that’s never checked might as well not exist

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Viewpoint: Photon Qubit is Made of Two Colors

Author(s): Philipp Treutlein Single particles of light can be prepared in a quantum superposition of two different colors, an achievement that could prove useful for quantum information processing. [Physics 9, 135] Published Wed Nov 23, 2016

Feature: Meetings: Why College Students Choose Physics

Undergrads attending the PhysCon meeting in San Francisco say high school teachers inspired them to pursue physics. [Physics 9, 138] Published Wed Nov 23, 2016

Screen to beam technology: The rise of haptic interfaces

Haptic interfaces have been readily adopted because of their intuitive ease of use and convenience. Obvious examples are the screens for your mobile phone or other computing devices where keyboards have been eliminated. This technology,...Show More Summary

New quantum states for better quantum memories

How can quantum information be stored as long as possible? An important step forward in the development of quantum memories has been achieved by a research team of TU Wien.

What is spintronics?

A back-to-basics introduction to this emerging research field

Various Links

A few pre-Thanksgiving items: International Journal of Modern Physics A has a new issue with “Featured Topic” part I of a discussion of the proposed Chinese supercollider project. The high profile contributions are from C. N. Yang, China should not … Continue reading ?

New standard helps optical trackers follow moving objects precisely

Throwing a perfect strike in virtual bowling doesn't require your gaming system to precisely track the position and orientation of your swinging arm. But if you're operating a robotic forklift around a factory, manipulating a mechanical...Show More Summary

Researchers propose an explanation for the mysterious onset of a universal process

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University have proposed a groundbreaking solution to a mystery that has puzzled physicists for decades. At issue is how magnetic...Show More Summary

Think You Know Stephen Hawkings

Stephen Hawkings has been a giant in the science world for decades. He has been a accessible figure with his willingness to reach out to the public in various ways. Time to see how much you know about him. There are no prizes so no Goolging! Post your score in the discussion area.

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