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Flying qubits make for a highly resilient quantum memory

( —In a quantum memory, the basic unit of data storage is the qubit. Because a qubit can exist in a superposition state of both "1" and "0" at the same time, it can process much more information than a classical bit. However, qubits are often very unstable due to decoherence, currently making them impractical for real-life memory storage.

Spontaneous wave function collapse can suppress acoustic Schrodinger cat states

( —Schrödinger's famous thought experiment in which a cat hidden in a box can be both dead and alive at the same time demonstrates the concept of superposition on the macroscopic scale. However, the existence of such "cat states"...Show More Summary

Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent

( —All objects' colors are determined by the way that light scatters off of them. By manipulating the light scattering, scientists can control the wavelengths at which light is transmitted and reflected by objects, changing their appearance.

Water, water everywhere: How UV irradiation reversibly switches graphene between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states

( —Scientists have long observed that the wettability of graphene – an essentially two-dimensional crystalline allotrope of carbon that it interacts oddly with light and with other materials – can be reversed between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states by applying ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. Show More Summary

Flatland, we hardly knew ye: Unique 1-D metasurface acts as polarized beam splitter, allows novel form of holography

( —Traditional three-dimensional (3-D) plasmonic metamaterials with metallic structures – artificial materials that exploit coherent delocalized electron oscillations known as surface plasmons produced from the interaction of...Show More Summary

Extremely stretchable hydrogels may be used in artificial muscles

( —Hydrogels can reversibly change their size and shape under different conditions. This property makes them attractive for a wide variety of applications, including artificial muscles, drug delivery, and sensors. But even though...Show More Summary

Serious security: Device-Independent Quantum Key Distribution guards against the most general attacks

The Holy Grail of quantum cryptography – beyond delivering security that cannot be classically achieved – is guaranteeing unconditional security when the untrusted quantum devices are involved. While this goal has been studied since the early 1990s, a robust solution has proven elusive. Show More Summary

Quantum test strengthens support for EPR steering

Although the concept of "steering" in quantum mechanics was proposed back in 1935, it is still not completely understood today. Steering refers to the ability of one system to nonlocally affect, or steer, another system's states through local measurements. Show More Summary

Dolphin-inspired sonar overcomes size-wavelength limitation

( —In a typical man-made sonar system, pulses of sound emitted by the projector bounce off hidden objects underwater. The echoes are then detected by the receiver to infer the location and size of the hidden objects.

Superposition revisited: Proposed resolution of double-slit experiment paradox using Feynman path integral formalism

( —The Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment, published in 1926 by Erwin Schrödinger, may be the most widely-known metaphorical explanation of quantum superposition and collapse. (Superposition is a fundamental principle of quantum...Show More Summary

Self-powered smart window also functions as a self-rechargeable transparent battery

( —Smart windows have the ability to become darker or lighter in response to the brightness and heat of sunlight, offering the potential to greatly reduce heating and cooling costs, among other benefits. However, current smart windows require an external power supply to operate, causing an additional energy consumption that cuts into their overall cost savings.

Scientists manipulate molecules inside living cells with temperature gradients

( —The ability to make measurements of the biomolecular interactions that occur inside living cells is essential for understanding complex biological processes. But probing the inside of living cells without damaging them is a challenge. Show More Summary

Now hear this: Simple fluid waveguide performs spectral analysis in a manner similar to the cochlea

( —Within the mammalian inner ear, or cochlea, a remarkable but and long-debated phenomenon occurs: As they move from the base of the cochlea to its apex, traveling fluid waves – that is, surface waves, in which (like wavesShow More Summary

A Higgs-gravity connection may leave traces in white dwarfs

( —The discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 marked an important step toward understanding the origin of the mass of fundamental particles. Since mass plays a major role in gravity, the Higgs could also reveal insights into the nature of gravity. Show More Summary

Scientists uncover clues to ATP mystery and how cells work

( —Strong, thin fibers called microfilaments, or actin filaments, are present in the cytoplasm of almost every cell in the body. By growing and shrinking, actin filaments play a major role in cellular movement. Since these processes...Show More Summary

Nanocontainers for nanocargo: Delivering genes and proteins for cellular imaging, genetic medicine and cancer therapy

By loading any specific protein and nucleic acid into an icosahedral phage T4 capsid-based nanoparticle, the resulting cell delivery vehicle's ligands can bind to the surface of specific target tissues to deliver the protein/DNA cargo. Show More Summary

Physicists design zero-friction quantum engine

( —In real physical processes, some energy is always lost any time work is produced. The lost energy almost always occurs due to friction, especially in processes that involve mechanical motion. But in a new study, physicists have designed an engine that operates with zero friction while still generating power by taking advantage of some quantum shortcuts.

Neutrino trident production may offer powerful probe of new physics

( —The standard model (SM) of particle physics has four types of force carrier particles: photons, W and Z bosons, and gluons. But recently there has been renewed interest in the question of whether there might exist a new force, which, if confirmed, would result in an extension of the SM. Show More Summary

Machine learning algorithm makes impossible screening of advanced materials possible

( —A fundamental part of climate change response is expected to involve the discovery of advanced materials capable of cost-effectively capturing CO2 from burning fossil fuels. One particular class of materials, called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), have tremendous potential to revolutionize CO2 capture technologies. Show More Summary

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

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