Physics
CTA Prototype Telescope, the Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope, Inaugurated at Whipple Observatory in Arizona  ASTRO WATCH · 10 hours
On January 17, 2019, a prototype telescope proposed for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (pSCT) is being unveiled in a special... more
Enhanced NMR reveals chemical structures in a fraction of the time  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers have developed a way to dramatically enhance the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), a technique used to study the structure and composition of... more
Boosting contact sliding and wear protection via atomic intermixing and tailoring of nanoscale interfaces  Science Magazine · 1 day
Friction and wear cause energy wastage and system failure. Usually, thicker overcoats serve to combat such tribological concerns, but in... more
Gate tuning from exciton superfluid to quantum anomalous Hall in van der Waals heterobilayer  Science Magazine · 1 day
Van der Waals heterostructures of two-dimensional (2D) materials provide a powerful approach toward engineering various quantum phases of matter. Examples... more
Time-optimized pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization  Science Magazine · 1 day
Pulsed dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) techniques can accomplish electron-nuclear polarization transfer efficiently with an enhancement factor that is independent of the Zeeman field. However, they often require large Rabi frequencies and, therefore, high-power microwave irradiation. Here, we propose... more
Enhanced NMR reveals chemical structures in a fraction of the time  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
MIT researchers have developed a way to dramatically enhance the sensitivity of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), a technique used to study the structure and composition... more
Classic double-slit experiment in a new light  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
An international research team led by physicists from the University of Cologne has implemented a new variant of the basic double-slit experiment using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble.... more
Large Hadron Collider replacement plans unveiled – here's what it could discover  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is the most powerful particle accelerator in the world. During its ten years of operations it has... more
How molecules interact with a laser field  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When molecules interact with the oscillating field of a laser, an instantaneous, time-dependent dipole is induced. This very general effect underlies diverse physical phenomena such as optical tweezers, for which Arthur Ashkin received the... more
A new gravitational wave detector is almost ready to join the search  SCIENCE-NEWS · 1 day
Buried deep underground, Japan’s KAGRA detector relies on components cooled to just 20 degrees above absolute zero. more
Saturn Hasn’t Always Had Rings  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
One of the last acts of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft before its death plunge into Saturn’s hydrogen and helium atmosphere was to coast between the planet and... more
New nuclear medicine method could improve detection of primary and metastatic melanoma  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 days
A new nuclear medicine method for detecting malignant melanoma, one of the most aggressive skin cancers, has been successfully tested for the first time... more
Puzzling phenomenon in a quantum gas: Insulators with conducting edges  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Insulators that are conducting at their edges hold promise for interesting technological applications. However, until now their characteristics have not been fully understood. Physicists have now modeled what... more
Saturn hasn't always had rings  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
In its last days, the Cassini spacecraft looped between Saturn and its rings so that Earth-based radio telescopes could track the gravitational tug of each. Scientists have now used these measurements to determine the mass of the rings... more
Aerosol-driven droplet concentrations dominate coverage and water of oceanic low level clouds  Science Magazine · 2 days
Lack of reliable estimates of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) aerosols over oceans has severely limited our ability to quantify their effects on cloud properties... more
A degenerate Fermi gas of polar molecules  Science Magazine · 2 days
Experimental realization of a quantum degenerate gas of molecules would provide access to a wide range of phenomena in molecular and quantum sciences. However, the very complexity that makes ultracold molecules so enticing has... more
Observation of magnetically tunable Feshbach resonances in ultracold 23Na40K + 40K collisions  Science Magazine · 2 days
Resonances in ultracold collisions involving heavy molecules are difficult to simulate theoretically and have proven challenging to detect. Here we report the observation of... more
Saturn hasn't always had rings  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of the last acts of NASA's Cassini spacecraft before its death plunge into Saturn's hydrogen and helium atmosphere was to coast between the planet and its rings and let them tug it around, essentially acting as a... more
Bizarre Superfluid Could Explain the Existence of the Modern Universe  SPACE.COM · 2 days
Back in the first moment of the universe, everything was hot and dense and in perfect balance. A new quantum experiment aims to show how that changed. more
Join the #AuroraHunters  ESA · 2 days
It’s difficult to comprehend the size and sheer power of our Sun, a churning ball of hot gas 4.6 billion years old and 1.3 million times larger than Earth, which... more
Proposed engineering method could help make buildings and bridges safer  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Researchers discovered that the distance between dislocations in nanolayer interfaces of pearlite can determine how much the material can stretch or contract without breaking (ductility). The dislocations are... more
Climate change: How could artificial photosynthesis contribute to limiting global warming?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
If CO2 emissions do not fall fast enough, then CO2 will have to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global warming. Not only could planting... more
Found: A precise method for determining how waves and particles affect fusion reactions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Like surfers catching ocean waves, particles within the hot, electrically charged state of matter known as plasma can ride waves that oscillate... more
Japan's Hitachi freezes British nuclear project  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Hitachi said Thursday it would freeze construction of its stalled nuclear power station in Wales due to financing problems, a blow to Britain's nuclear strategy and a costly decision for the Japanese firm. more
Physicists show quantum materials can be tuned for superconductivity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Some iron-based superconductors could benefit from a tuneup, according to two studies by Rice University physicists and collaborators. more
Applying physics to energy-efficient building design  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Developing a perfectly energy-efficient building is relatively easy to do—if you don't give the building's occupants any control over their environment. Since nobody wants that kind of building, Professor Christoph Reinhart has focused his career on... more
Zirconium isotope a master at neutron capture  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The probability that a nucleus will absorb a neutron is important to many areas of nuclear science, including the production of elements in the cosmos, reactor performance, nuclear medicine and defense applications. more
Preparation, characterization of Soyasapogenol B loaded onto functionalized MWCNTs  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes is the name that is derived from their structure and walls are formed by one atom thick sheet of carbon. more
Researchers discover molecules 'spin flip' from magnetic to non-magnetic forms dynamically  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An unexpected discovery in Professor Arthur Suits' chemistry lab could have implications for manufacturing more efficient solar cells and improving photodynamic therapies for treating cancer, and... more
Peering into the mist: How water vapor changes metal at the atomic level  nanowerk · 3 days
New insights into molecular-level processes could help prevent corrosion and improve catalytic conversion. more
Climate change: How could artificial photosynthesis contribute to limiting global warming?  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
If CO2 emissions do not fall fast enough, then CO2 will have to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global warming. Not only could planting... more
Fiery sighting: A new physics of eruptions that damage fusion experiments  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome. Such bursts,... more
Fiery sighting: A new physics of eruptions that damage fusion experiments  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome. Such bursts,... more
Bizarre Superfluid Could Explain the Existence of the Modern Universe  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Back in the first moment of the universe, everything was hot and dense and in perfect balance. A new quantum experiment aims to show how that changed. more
New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe  nanowerk · 3 days
Experimental proof of a decades-old prediction opens a pathway to recreate possible conditions of the early universe here on earth. more
Understanding insulators with conducting edges  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Insulators that are conducting at their edges hold promise for interesting technological applications. However, until now their characteristics have not been fully understood. Physicists at Goethe University have now modelled what are known as topological insulators with the... more
New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Experimental proof of a decades-old prediction opens a pathway to recreate possible conditions of the early universe here on earth. more
New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For the first time, researchers have documented the long-predicted occurrence of 'walls bound by strings' in superfluid helium-3. The existence of such an object,... more
Physicists discover new effect in the interaction of plasmas with solids  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Plasmas—hot gases consisting of chaotically-moving electrons, ions, atoms and molecules—comprise the interiors of stars, but scientists can create them artificially using special equipment in the laboratory.... more
Power stations driven by light  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Green plants, algae and some bacteria use sunlight to convert energy. The pigments in chlorophyll absorb electromagnetic radiation, which induces chemical reactions in electrons. These reactions take place in the nucleus of complex protein structures, referred to by... more
Experiments detect entropy production in mesoscopic quantum systems  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The production of entropy, which means increasing the degree of disorder in a system, is an inexorable tendency in the macroscopic world owing to the second law of thermodynamics. This makes the... more
Mechanism helps explain the ear's exquisite sensitivity  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The human ear, like those of other mammals, is so extraordinarily sensitive that it can detect sound-wave-induced vibrations of the eardrum that move by less than the width of an atom. Now, researchers at... more
Researchers demonstrate how manganese produces parkinsonian syndrome  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Using X-ray fluorescence at synchrotrons DESY and ESRF, researchers in the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan have demonstrated the consequences of a mutation responsible for a hereditary parkinsonian syndrome: accumulated manganese in the... more
New evidence of superconductivity at near room temperature  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers have taken a major step toward reaching one of the most sought-after goals in physics: room temperature superconductivity. more
Genome doubling, cell size and novelty  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In the 2019 Coulter Review, "Polyploidy, the Nucleotype, and Novelty: The Impact of Genome Doubling on the Biology of the Cell," published in the International Journal of Plant Sciences (180:1-52), Jeff J. Doyle and Jeremy E.... more
Universe: The Orderly Chaos of Black Holes  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Researchers at UNIGE have discovered that photons emitted during the creation of a black hole appear to be disordered. Within a single... more
CERN lays out vision for next-generation particle collider  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists behind the world's largest atom smasher have laid out their multibillion-euro vision to build an even bigger one, in hopes of unlocking even more secrets of matter and the universe in... more
Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to Penn State experts. more
New book tells story of secret Hollywood studio that shaped the nuclear age  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Our images of mushroom clouds came from its cameras. So did many shots of missile tests, space missions and the Korean and... more
Experiments detect entropy production in mesoscopic quantum systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
One of the most important aims of contemporary scientific research is finding out what makes the production of entropy predominate. This aim explains the current interest in studying mesoscopic systems, which are... more
Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to experts. more
Biology of our ancient ancestor takes shape  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The recent discovery of a new lineage of microbes has overturned biologists' understanding of the evolution of complex life on Earth. Genomic studies of Asgard archaea revealed that they carry many genes previously thought... more
Researchers discover new evidence of superconductivity at near room temperature  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers at the George Washington University have taken a major step toward reaching one of the most sought-after goals in physics: room temperature superconductivity. more
Physicists Built a Machine That Breaks the Normal Rules of Light  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Physicists have built a ring in which pulses of light whip circles around each other and the normal rules that govern light's behavior stop applying. more
Reflections from Donna Strickland, 3rd Woman Ever to Win Nobel in Physics  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
The winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics says scientists shouldn't feel pressured to do research that has economic or commercial ramifications. Science... more
Brilliant glow of paint-on semiconductors comes from ornate quantum physics  nanowerk · 5 days
Next-generation semiconducting materials are on the horizon, and in a new study, researchers have uncovered eccentric physics behind their potential to transform lighting technology and photovoltaics yet again. more
General Atomics’ acquisitions of smallsat companies bearing fruit  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
General Atomics hopes to win military contracts for customized small satellite missions. SpaceNews.com more
Discovery of single atom structure leads to more efficient catalyst  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The discovery shows an efficiency rate that is up to 25 times higher than traditional catalysts made from larger iridium structures or nanoparticles. more
Researchers catalog defects that give 2D materials amazing properties  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A new theoretical framework predicts the kinds of holes that can form in two-dimensional materials like graphene. The work could help in the design of new filtration and desalination devices... more
New Brochure explains Nanopositioning Mechanisms for High Resolution Microscopy Applications  nanowerk · 5 days
Most types of super resolution microscopes, atomic force microscopes or electron beam microscopes rely on nanopositioning mechanisms to improve resolution, focusing speed, and stability. more
Physicists Built a Machine That Breaks the Normal Rules of Light  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Physicists have built a ring in which pulses of light whip circles around each other and the normal rules that govern light's behavior stop applying. more
Researchers catalog defects that give 2-D materials amazing properties  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Amid the frenzy of worldwide research on atomically thin materials like graphene, there is one area that has eluded any systematic analysis—even though this information could be crucial to a... more
Discovery of single atom structure leads to more efficient catalyst  nanowerk · 5 days
Scientists have identified the structure of iridium single-atom catalysts for carbon monoxide oxidation. The identification of the structure and reaction mechanism will help in the design of better... more
Topological quantities flow  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Topology is an emerging field within many scientific disciplines, even leading to a Nobel Physics Prize in 2016. Leiden physicist Marcello Caio and his colleagues have now discovered the existence of topological currents in analogy to electric currents. Their research... more
Differences in genes' geographic origin influence mitochondrial function  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria—energy-generating organelles inside of cells—according to a new study. Mitochondria have their own genome, separate from the nuclear genome... more
The orderly chaos of black holes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
During the formation of a black hole, a bright burst of very energetic light in the form of gamma rays is produced, these events are called gamma ray bursts. The physics behind this phenomenon includes many... more
5000 times faster than a computer  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The absorption of light in semiconductor crystals without inversion symmetry can generate electric currents. Researchers have now generated directed currents at terahertz (THz) frequencies, much higher than the clock rates of current electronics. They show that... more
Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Since the announcement that I won the Nobel Prize in physics for chirped pulse amplification, or CPA, there has been a lot of attention on its... more
5000 times faster than a computer—interatomic light rectifier generates directed electric currents  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The absorption of light in semiconductor crystals without inversion symmetry can generate electric currents. Researchers at the Max Born Institute have now generated directed... more
5000 times faster than a computer - interatomic light rectifier generates directed electric currents  nanowerk · 5 days
Researchers have now generated directed currents at terahertz (THz) frequencies, much higher than the clock rates of current electronics. They... more
Scientists discover new ways to twist and shift light  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The results from the National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) latest research in photonics could open doors to new quantum technologies and telecoms systems more
New findings bring physicists closer to understanding the formation of planets and stars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Down a hallway in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists study the workings of a machine... more
Fast serves don't make sense – unless you factor in physics  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The serve is arguably the most important component of the modern tennis game – and the faster, the better. more
New method facilitates study of the effects of chemicals on DNA  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
University of Arkansas physics researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective method to study the effects of chemicals on DNA which has potential to improve the development... more
Your phone could reveal your radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster  SCIENCE-NEWS · 5 days
Examining personal electronics may help gauge people’s radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear accident or attack. more
Potential for Primitive Life on Icy Barnard b Super-Earth Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard’s Star, making... more
CHIME Detects Second Repeating Fast Radio Burst  ASTRO WATCH · 7 days
A Canadian-led team of scientists has found the second repeating fast radio burst (FRB) ever recorded. FRBs are short bursts of radio... more
Why Physicists Are Hunting the Strangest of the Ghost Particles  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
These tiny subatomic particles, showering down from the depths of space, continue to surprise (and annoy) physicists chasing them. more
First Evidence of Gigantic Remains from Star Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Astrophysicists have found the first ever evidence of gigantic remains being formed from repeated explosions on the surface of a... more
Reviewing applications of advanced materials in drug delivery and biomedicine  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
The Graphene family of materials has emerged as one of the most useful new age nano-biomaterials. Graphene-based materials exhibit excellent physicochemical properties, such as high electrical conductivity, mechanical... more
TPU physicists propose to use neutron activation analysis of mosses for environmental monitoring  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Physicists from Tomsk Polytechnic University developed an optimal method for environmental monitoring using neutron activation analysis of mosses. The new approach can be used... more
Astrophysics Meetings, But Not Missions, Disrupted By Government Shutdown  SPACE.COM · 1 week
The ongoing partial government shutdown has upended aspects of a major astronomy conference this week but has not, for now, affected operations of NASA astrophysics missions. more
Direct observation of shift and ballistic photovoltaic currents  Science Magazine · 1 week
The quantum phenomenon of shift photovoltaic current was predicted decades ago, but this effect was never observed directly because shift and ballistic currents coexist. The atomic-scale relaxation time of shift, along with... more
Saving energy by taking a close look inside transistors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a simple yet accurate method for finding defects in the latest generation of silicon carbide transistors. This will speed up the process of... more
Physicists propose to carry out neutron activation analysis of mosses for environmental monitoring  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Physicists from Tomsk Polytechnic University have developed an optimal method for environmental monitoring using neutron activation analysis of mosses. The new approach... more
Reflections from a Nobel winner: Scientists need time to make discoveries
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Holy cow! Mysterious blast studied with NASA telescopes
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Atomic-scale capillaries block smallest ions, thanks to graphene
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High-speed video reveals physics tricks for shooting a rubber band
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The physics of fluids explains how crowds of marathon runners move
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David vs. Goliath: What a tiny electron can tell us about the structure of the universe
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