Best of Last Week – The sound of an atom captured, solid light created and the banality of evil
How did evolution optimize circadian clocks?
Non-volatile memory improves energy efficiency by two orders of magnitude
Massive neutrinos may not bring about cosmological concordance after all
Test of equivalence principle searches for effects of spin-gravity coupling
New test may provide 'smoking gun' for modified gravity
Independent research group testing D-Wave Two finds no quantum speedup
Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade
Fluid mechanics suggests alternative to quantum orthodoxy
The central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave like particles, sometimes like waves. For most of the past century, the prevailing explanation of this conundrum ...
'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems
Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.
Radio telescopes settle controversy over distance to Pleiades
Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster—a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding ...
World's coolest molecules
It's official. Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules.
Physicists eye neural fly data, find formula for Zipf's law
Physicists have identified a mechanism that may help explain Zipf's law – a unique pattern of behavior found in disparate systems, including complex biological ones. The journal Physical Review Letters is pub ...
Rosetta measures comet's temperature
(Phys.org) —ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, finding that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.