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How did evolution optimize circadian clocks?

( —From cyanobacteria to humans, many terrestrial species have acquired circadian rhythms that adapt to sunlight in order to increase survival rates. Studies have shown that the circadian clocks in some organisms have certain...Show More Summary

Multiscreen social TV would enrich traditional viewing experience

Following the trend of the merging of TV and Internet, researchers have proposed a new way to interact with people over the Internet while watching TV. The new paradigm involves using a second screen (such as a tablet or phone) to synchronize with the TV and integrate with geolocation social media—in particular, tweets and other microblogs that relate to the TV program.

Non-volatile memory improves energy efficiency by two orders of magnitude

( —By using voltage-generated stress to switch between two magnetic states, researchers have designed a new non-volatile memory with extremely high energy efficiency—about two orders of magnitude higher than that of the previous most efficient non-volatile memories.

Step lightly: All-optical transistor triggered by single photon promises advances in quantum applications

( —Optical transistors and switches are fundamental in both classical and quantum optical information processing. A key objective in optics research is determining and developing the structural and performance limits of such...Show More Summary

Physicists propose superabsorption of light beyond the limits of classical physics

( —In a well-known quantum effect called superradiance, atoms can emit light at an enhanced rate compared to what is possible in classical situations. This high emission rate arises from the way that the atoms interact with the surrounding electromagnetic field. Show More Summary

New insights into 'switchable water' have implications for water purification and desalination

( —Water is rarely pure; instead, it often contains dissolved ions or is mixed with other liquids. Scientists can change the composition of water by separating its mixtures, which is most commonly performed by distillation. However, distillation is an energy-intensive process.

Quantum meets classical: Qubit fabricated with integrated micromagnet increases speed of quantum manipulation in silicon

( —The ubiquitous classical digital computer encodes data in bits (a portmanteau of binary and digits) in either a 0 or 1 state. On the other hand, while a quantum computer also uses 0/1 data representation, these qubits (from...Show More Summary

Scientists fabricate defect-free graphene, set record reversible capacity for Co3O4 anode in Li-ion batteries

( —Graphene has already been demonstrated to be useful in Li-ion batteries, despite the fact that the graphene used often contains defects. Large-scale fabrication of graphene that is chemically pure, structurally uniform, and size-tunable for battery applications has so far remained elusive. Show More Summary

Color hologram uses plasmonic nanoparticles to store large amounts of information

( —In the 4th century, the Romans built a special glass cup, called the Lycurgus cup, that changes colors depending on which way the light is shining through it. The glass is made of finely ground silver and gold dust that produces a dichroic, or color-changing, effect. Show More Summary

Highly conductive organic metal looks promising for disposable electronic devices

( —Although organic materials are often used as semiconductors, such as in organic LEDs and organic transistors, organic materials that have an electrical conductivity as high as that of metals are still very scarce. One problem...Show More Summary

Researchers build first 3D magnetic logic gate

( —The integrated circuits in virtually every computer today are built exclusively from transistors. But as researchers are constantly trying to improve the density of circuits on a chip, they are looking at alternative ways to build circuits. Show More Summary

Massive neutrinos may not bring about cosmological concordance after all

( —Scientists have many tools for measuring the cosmic structures of the universe, which includes structures such as galaxies, galaxy clusters, and intergalactic gas. Cosmic structures can be observed directly, such as by observations...Show More Summary

Study explains how Maxwell's demon uses mutual information to extract work

( —Maxwell's demon, the hypothetical doorman that controls how particles travel between two chambers in an attempt to decrease entropy, is at its heart a feedback-controlled system. The demon makes measurements on the microscopic...Show More Summary

Tiny magnets, huge fields: Nanoscale ferromagnetic electrodes create chemical equivalent of solid-state spin valve

In the study of ways to determine the position of and manipulate magnetic nanoparticles – a capability that would benefit a wide range of applications – there's good news and bad: While a magnetic gradient force field (a magnetic field...Show More Summary

Salinity-gradient-power cell's surprisingly high voltage gives it best cost-per-watt of its kind

Several different methods exist for generating electricity from the mixing of salt water and fresh water, which is also called salinity gradient power (SGP). One method uses concentration cells, in which two semi-cells separated by a porous diaphragm such as filter paper are filled with solutions of different ion concentrations. Show More Summary

Of catalysts and chirality: Highly-selective growth of structure-specific single-walled carbon nanotubes

( —Carbon – the chemical basis of all known life and an element known as far back as the 8th century BC – exists in a range of forms, or allotropes, with remarkably diverse properties. (Diamond, for example, is transparent and extremely hard tetrahedral lattice that conducts electricity poorly but is an excellent thermal conductor. Show More Summary

Test of equivalence principle searches for effects of spin-gravity coupling

( —Einstein's equivalence principle states that an object in gravitational free fall is physically equivalent to an object that is accelerating with the same amount of force in the absence of gravity. This principle lies at the heart of general relativity and has been experimentally tested many times. Show More Summary

Particle, meet wave: Optical qubit technique squeezes photons to bridge discrete and continuous quantum regimes

( —While quantum states are typically referred to as particles or waves, this is not actually the case. Rather, quantum states have complementary discrete particlelike and continuous wavelike properties that emerge based on the experimental or observational context. Show More Summary

Entanglement between particle and wave-like states of light resembles Schrodinger's cat experiment

( —While entangling cats with atoms is not exactly an active area of research in any physics lab today (as far as anyone knows), many physicists are working on a close analogy of Schrödinger's cat experiment. That is, they are developing methods to entangle classical objects (analogous to the cat) with quantum particles (like an individual atom).

Artificial spacetime experiment could show tantalizing effects of gravitational waves

( —Although the curves and ripples of spacetime are suspected to be full of intriguing secrets about the history of the universe, they are also extremely difficult to study. For this reason, some physicists are turning to the lab to attempt to recreate spacetime geometries where they can be more easily analyzed.

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