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The science that stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since. That year, Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450° ...

Jul 01, 2014 4.6 / 5 (106) 52

The quantum dance of oxygen

Under extremely high pressure conditions oxygen molecules group into quartets and give rise to a 'dance of their magnetic moments.' This, as observed in a new study carried out by SISSA in collaboration with ...

Jul 07, 2014 4.4 / 5 (7) 5

Ultra-cold atom transport made simple

Techniques for controlling ultra-cold atoms travelling in ring traps currently represent an important research area in physics. A new study gives a proof of principle, confirmed by numerical simulations, ...

Jul 07, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0

Harvesting energy from devices

If there's one thing nearly all modern technology has in common, it's heat. Whether it's your car, computer, television, or even refrigerator, they all generate large amounts of heat. And nearly all of it ...

Jul 04, 2014 4.1 / 5 (12) 0