Engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip
During a thunderstorm, we all know that it is common to hear thunder after we see the lightning. That's because sound travels much slower (768 miles per hour) than light (670,000,000 miles per hour).
Researchers find qubits based on trapped ions offer a promising scalable platform for quantum computing
The mysterious 'action at a distance' between liquid containers
For several years, it has been known that superfluid helium housed in reservoirs located next to each other acts collectively, even when the channels connecting the reservoirs are too narrow and too long ...
Global quantum communications—no longer the stuff of fiction?
Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University ...
Van der Waals force re-measured: Physicists verify nonlinear increase with growing molecular size
Van der Waals forces act like a sort of quantum glue on all types of matter. Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, experimentally determined for the first time all of the key details of how ...
Particles, waves and ants
Animals looking for food or light waves moving through turbid media – astonishing similarities have now been found between completely different phenomena.
Cracking the mystery of droplet evaporation
Curtin University scientists have modelled the effects of droplet size and velocity on evaporation to better understand the refining process of heavy oil.
It's particle-hunting season! NYU scientists launch Higgs Hunters Project
New York University scientists and their colleagues have launched the Higgs Hunters project, which will allow members of the general public to study images recorded at the Large Hadron Collider and to help ...
Study details laser pulse effects on behavior of electrons
By solving a six-dimensional equation that had previously stymied researchers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists have pinpointed the characteristics of a laser pulse that yields electron behavior ...
New method to achieve ultra-narrow laser linewidth
Chinese researchers have discovered a new method to highly compress laser linewidth based on Rayleigh backscattering.
Atoms colder than outer space are the key to futuristic nano-sensors
Experts at The University of Nottingham have secured a £6 million grant to build a research facility to prototype a new generation of tiny nano-sensors.
How lapping canine tongues create columns of liquid, allowing them to gulp down water
If you've ever watched a dog drink water, you know that it can be a sloshy, spilly, splashy affair—in other words, adorable.
The complex fluid dynamics of paint dripping techniques employed by Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock, one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, revolutionized abstract expressionist painting in the mid-20th century with his unique "drip" technique—masterpieces of densely ...
Climate control in termite mounds
When they make their way into homes, some species of termites can be destructive pests. Their fungus-harvesting relatives in Africa and Asia, however, are known for their construction prowess, collectively ...