Bird brains more precise than humans'
(Phys.org) —Birds have been found to display superior judgement of their body width compared to humans, in research to help design autonomous aircraft navigation systems.
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Physicists build first 500 GHz photon switch
The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics – with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels.
Researchers present a milestone in chemical studies of superheavy elements
An international collaboration led by research groups from Mainz and Darmstadt, Germany, has achieved the synthesis of a new class of chemical compounds for superheavy elements at the RIKEN Nishina Center ...
Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbors
Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.
Shark-munching Spinosaurus was first-known water dinosaur
There once was a dinosaur, bigger than a T. rex, that swam with the sharks—and ate them for dinner.
The oscillator that could makeover the mechanical watch
For the first time in 200 years the heart of the mechanical watch has been reinvented, thereby improving precision and autonomy while making the watch completely silent. EPFL researchers have developed an ...
Astronomers release most detailed catalogue ever made of the visible Milky Way
A new catalogue of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of Hertfordshire led a team who assembled ...
Curves in spacetime violate Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
LED's efficiency exceeds 100%
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How Paramecium protozoa claw their way to the top
The ability to swim upwards – towards the sun and food supplies – is vital for many aquatic microorganisms. Exactly how they are able to differentiate between above and below in often murky waters is ...
Physicists extend special relativity beyond the speed of light
Textbook theory behind volcanoes may be wrong
In the typical textbook picture, volcanoes, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian islands, erupt when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth. But that picture is wrong, according to ...