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New tabletop detector 'sees' single electrons
MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas.
Astronomers use space particles to measure electrical field in thunderstorms
Simplified model predicts patterns that form from honey-like fluids
Drizzling honey on toast can produce mesmerizing, meandering patterns, as the syrupy fluid ripples and coils in a sticky, golden thread. Dribbling paint on canvas can produce similarly serpentine loops and waves.
The ins and outs of quantum chromodynamics
Quarks and antiquarks are the teeny, tiny building blocks with which all matter is built, binding together to form protons and neutrons in a process explained by quantum chromodynamics (QCD).
New half-life measurements could improve understanding of heavy elements
Giuseppe Lorusso, of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), has furthered understanding of the creation of heavy elements as part of an international collaboration to measure the beta-decay half-lives of 110 isotopes. The ...
New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'
A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small ...
Black holes don't erase information, scientists say
The "information loss paradox" in black holes—a problem that has plagued physics for nearly 40 years—may not exist.
Scientists go to great lengths to extend superlow friction
Researchers develop ultrahigh-resolution 3D microscopy technique for electric fields
Using a single molecule as a sensor, scientists in Jülich have successfully imaged electric potential fields with unrivalled precision. The ultrahigh-resolution images provide information on the distribution of charges in ...