Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible
Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. ...
Japan's IBIS keyhole surgery robot demonstrated (w/ Video)
Curiosity providing new weather and radiation data about Mars
(Phys.org)—Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface.
Harvard researchers develop new kind of soft robotic gripper
Microbial life on Mars: Could saltwater make it possible?
(PhysOrg.com) -- How common are droplets of saltwater on Mars? Could microbial life survive and reproduce in them? A new million-dollar NASA project led by the University of Michigan aims to answer those questions.
Mosses use 'mushroom clouds' to spread spores (w/ Video)
Space station's close call with junk: More to come (Update 2)
(AP) -- The near-hit of space junk Thursday was a warning shot fired across the bow of the international space station, experts said. There's likely more to come in the future. With less than an hour's notice, ...
Black carbon—a major climate pollutant—also linked to cardiovascular health
Black carbon pollutants from wood smoke are known to trap heat near the earth's surface and warm the climate. A new study led by McGill Professor Jill Baumgartner suggests that black carbon may also increase ...
Insects modify mating behavior in anticipation of storms
Insects modify calling and courting mating behavior in response to changes in air pressure, according to results published October 2 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Ana Cristina Pellegrino and José Maurício Bento, ...
The secret to pouring a smooth beer? Keep your eye on the vacuum, physicist says
Hong Luo doesn't drink beer himself—he's allergic to alcohol. But Luo, chair of the University at Buffalo's physics department, knows all about the secrets of pouring a smooth brew. That's because it's just ...
Under pressure: How the density of exoplanets' atmospheres weighs on the odds for alien life
At this early stage in the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system and beyond, the emphasis is on liquid water. Where it can exist on a planet's or moon's surface, so the thinking goes, life ...
Robot hands gain a gentler touch
(Phys.org) —What use is a hand without nerves, that can't tell what it's holding? A hand that lifts a can of soda to your lips, but inadvertently tips or crushes it in the process?