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For faster battery charging, try a quantum battery?

(—Physicists have shown that a quantum battery—basically, a quantum system such as a qubit that stores energy in its quantum states—can theoretically be charged at a faster rate than conventional batteries. This "quantum speedup"...Show More Summary

Scientists demonstrate first color-tunable and first graphene-based LED

(—Currently, all light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emit light of only one color, which is predefined during fabrication. So far, tuning the color of light produced by a single LED has never been realized, despite numerous attemp...

Scientists harvest energy from beam's self-induced, self-sustaining vibrations in airflow

(—In an attempt to harvest the kinetic energy of airflow, researchers have demonstrated the ability to harvest energy directly from the vibrations of a flexible, piezoelectric beam placed in a wind tunnel. While the generalShow More Summary

Macroscopic quantum phenomena discovered in ice

(—Scientists have discovered an anomaly in the properties of ice at very cold temperatures near 20 K, which they believe can be explained by the quantum tunneling of multiple protons simultaneously. The finding is a rare instance...Show More Summary

Scientists propose 3D graphene-like 'hyper-honeycomb' structures

(—Scientists have proposed a new family of structures that are three-dimensional (3D) variations of graphene, the simplest example of which is called a "hyper-honeycomb." If the proposed structures can be experimentally realized, the new ways to arrange carbon atoms would add to the ever-growing number of new carbon allotropes. Show More Summary

Death by Design? Spatial models show that natural selection favors genetically-limited lifespan as a lineal benefit

(—Standard evolutionary theories of aging and mortality, being based on mean-field assumptions – which analyze the behavior of large and complex stochastic models by studying a simpler model – conclude that programmed mortality resulting from natural selection is impossible. Show More Summary

Fastest-ever flexible diode provides 'last missing piece' needed to realize bendable phones

(—While there are hints that Samsung and LG are developing flexible phones that can fold, roll up, and even be stretched into larger screens, there are still some obstacles to overcome before such bendable phones become a reality. Show More Summary

Solar battery receives 20% of its energy from the sun

(—Last October, researchers at Ohio State demonstrated the world's first solar battery—a solar cell and a lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery combined into a single device. The main attraction of the solar battery concept is that,...Show More Summary

Clever cloaks: Unique metamaterials preserve phase while guiding surface waves around ultrasharp corners and bumps

(—Today's photonic and plasmonic devices – the latter based on surface plasmons (a coherent delocalized electron oscillations that exist at the interface between metal and dielectric) and combining the small size and manufacturability...Show More Summary

Physicists propose new definition of time crystals—then prove such things don't exist

(—For the past few years, physicists have been intrigued by a hypothetical system called a "quantum time crystal," which has the unusual property of exhibiting periodic motion in its ground state, which is its state of lowest energy. Show More Summary

'Straintronic spin neuron' may greatly improve neural computing

(—Researchers have proposed a new type of artificial neuron called a "straintronic spin neuron" that could serve as the basic unit of artificial neural networks—systems modeled on human brains that have the ability to compute, learn, and adapt. Show More Summary

Training Schrodinger's cat: Controlling the quantum properties of light

(—Constructing quantum computers and other quantum devices requires the ability to leverage quantum properties such as superposition and entanglement – but these effects are fragile and therefore hard to maintain. Recently,Show More Summary

Decoding the brain: Scientists redefine and measure single-neuron signal-to-noise ratio

(—The signal-to-noise ratio, or SNR, is a well-known metric typically expressed in decibels and defined as a measure of signal strength relative to background noise – and in statistical terms as the ratio of the squared amplitude or variance of a signal relative to the variance of the noise. Show More Summary

Fuel-free nanomotor is powered by ultrasound and magnetic fields

(—Nanoscale motors, like their macroscale counterparts, can be built to run on a variety of chemical fuels, such as hydrogen peroxide and others. But unlike macroscale motors, some nanomotors can also run without fuel, instead being powered by either magnetic or acoustic fields. Show More Summary

Physicists observe magnetic 'devil's staircase'

(—Many hiking trails feature a "devil's staircase"—a set of steps that are often steep and difficult to climb. The devil's staircase is also the name of a mathematical function whose graph exhibits a jagged step-like organization reminiscent of a real staircase, although in a highly ordered fractal pattern. Show More Summary

Simple hydrogen storage solution is powered by solar energy

(—By using solar energy to reversibly attach and detach hydrogen atoms on a 6-carbon ring called benzene, scientists have developed a simple and efficient method to store, transport, and release hydrogen potentially on a large scale. Show More Summary

The physics of badminton

(—When it comes to flying projectiles, the badminton shuttlecock or "birdie" is unusual in that it flips on impact with a racket so that it always flies cork-first. This flipping motion arises from the fact that, unlike almost all other sports projectiles, the shuttlecock has a conical shape and, because the cork is much denser than the feathers, a non-homogeneous mass.

Blind quantum computing method surpasses efficiency 'limit'

(—Demonstrating that limits were made to be broken, physicists have overcome what was previously considered to be a natural and universal limit on the efficiency of a quantum cryptography task called blind quantum computing....Show More Summary

Quantum Cheshire Cat effect may be explained by standard quantum mechanics

(—"A grin without a cat" is how Lewis Carroll describes the Cheshire Cat's mysterious way of disappearing while leaving its grin behind in his 1865 classic, Alice in Wonderland. The fanciful character raises a question that has captured physicists' attention over the past few years: can an object be separated from its properties?

Solar cell sets world record with a stabilized efficiency of 13.6%

(—In a new study, scientists have reported a world record stabilized efficiency of 13.6% for a triple-junction thin-film silicon solar cell, which is a newer version of the single-junction thin-film silicon solar cell that has been used in commercial products since the 1970s. Show More Summary

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