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Network paradox may help algorithms overcome 'universal limitation'

( —Sometimes paradoxes can be frustrating, but other times they can reveal something that was previously hidden. A new paradox in the field of network science, presented in a recent issue of EPL by Filippo Radicchi, Assistant Professor at Indiana University, seems to fall into the latter category.

Quantum correlations make you never fail a test again

( —In the burgeoning field of quantum metrology, quantum effects are exploited to improve the precision when measuring a variety of parameters, such as phase, frequency, and magnetic fields. A main goal of this research is to develop high-accuracy measurement devices that could benefit many areas of science. Show More Summary

One-nm-thick graphene engine mimics two-stroke engine

( —It may sound impossible that a 1-nm-thick piece of graphene—made of just a single layer of carbon atoms and containing some chlorine and fluorine atoms—can function as a two-stroke combustion engine. After all, on the macroscale, two-stroke engines are often used to power devices such as chainsaws and motorcycles. Show More Summary

Scientists overcome fundamental atom laser limit to build brightest atom laser to date

( —In an atom laser, millions of individual atoms propagate through space with minimal spreading, just like photons propagate in a coherent photon laser beam. Although both types of lasers are similar, atom lasers are stillShow More Summary

Flexible all-carbon electronics integrated onto plants, insects, and more

( —Carbon-based electronics are being widely explored due to their attractive electrical and mechanical properties, but synthesizing them in large quantities at low cost is still a challenge.

Cascade solar concentrator greatly reduces solar cell footprint

( —Solar cells are often made of expensive materials, which is why much research is focused on finding cheaper materials in order to reduce the overall cost of solar energy. Another way around this problem is to use solar concentrators—cheaper...Show More Summary

Room to move: Tissue growth controlled by cell cycle response to spatial and mechanical constraints

( —One of the most important factors in tissue formation is the control of cell proliferation. While the fact that cells undergo a range of spatial and mechanical constraints, the ways the resulting mechanical feedback may affect cell cycle progression – and thus tissue cell proliferation pattern – has not been fully understood. Show More Summary

Bright lights, small crystals: Scientists use nanoparticles to capture images of single molecules

When imaging at the single-molecule level, small irregularities known as heterogeneities become apparent – features that are lost in higher-scale, so-called ensemble imaging. At the same time, it has until recently been challenging to...Show More Summary

Micro-macro entangled 'cat states' could one day test quantum gravity

( —In Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, a cat's quantum state becomes entangled with the quantum state of a decaying nucleus, resulting in the odd situation that the cat is both alive and dead at the same time. The thought...Show More Summary

Solar cells made from polar nanocrystal inks show promising early performance

( —Achieving a balance between low-cost fabrication and high efficiency is key to the future success of solar cells. Over the past several years, researchers have been working on developing low-cost methods to manufacture solar cells. One of the most promising methods is solution processing.

Mechanobiology: Enzyme micropump autonomously delivers insulin in response to glucose levels

( —For next-generation smart devices, autonomy is key. These devices will be able to power themselves, independently respond to stimuli, and perform different kinds of work, all without human intervention. With these abilities, smart devices could potentially have very wide-reaching implications.

What does physics reveal about the sizes of sports fields?

( —From ping pong tables to golf courses, the sizes of sports fields vary widely. Although the sizes of sports fields were originally defined empirically—that is, by simply playing the sport rather than performing calculations—researchers in a new study have found that sports field sizes follow some universal laws. Show More Summary

Color pixels made of nanowires offer new paradigm for digital cameras

( —Most of today's digital cameras achieve color by using red, green, and blue Bayer color filters through which light passes on its way to the camera's image sensors, which then convert the light into electrical signals. Although...Show More Summary

Econophysics: Can antimoney prevent the next financial crisis?

( —Borrowing and lending money are essential interactions in a thriving economy, yet they come with their own set of risks. For instance, the credit money that is often involved in lending is thought to play a major role in causing large-scale financial crises, such as real estate collapses. Show More Summary

A cure for clashing qubits: Researchers successfully entangle different-color photons

( —While two-photon interference is an important way of entangling independent identical photons, it does not handle different-color photons with the same aplomb. Recently, scientists at the University of Science and Technology...Show More Summary

'Optical oracle' could quickly solve complex computing problems

( —The optical fiber network that spans the globe consists of millions of miles of fibers that bring us our Internet, cable TV, and telephone services. Now researchers have shown that this global network offers an untapped computing...Show More Summary

Physicists propose explanation for metals behaving badly

( —One of the defining properties of metals is that, the hotter the metal, the worse it conducts electricity. But while most metals obey this inverse relationship between temperature and conductivity in a straightforward way as predicted by theory, other metals do not. Show More Summary

Of mice and molecules: In vivo photoacoustic imaging using semiconducting polymer nanoparticles

( —Photoacoustic imaging is a hybrid biomedical imaging modality, based on the photoacoustic effect, in which non-ionizing laser pulses are delivered into biological tissues. (More specifically, in the photoacoustic effect sound waves form due to pressure changes when a material absorbs varying-intensity modulated or pulsed light. Show More Summary

Generator uses the human body as an electrode to power portable electronics

( —It's well-known that the human body is a good conductor of electricity, and now researchers have taken advantage of this fact to create a small generator that uses the body as an electrode to power portable devices without the need for batteries. Show More Summary

Nanostructures enhance light trapping for solar fuel generation

( —As the world's dependence on fossil fuels causes ever-increasing problems, researchers are investigating solar fuels as an alternative energy source. To make solar fuels, sunlight is converted into hydrogen or another type of chemical energy. Show More Summary

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