What happens when ultracold atomic spins are trapped in an optical lattice structure
Every electrical device, from a simple lightbulb to the latest microchips, is enabled by the movement of electrical charge, or current. The nascent field of 'spintronics' taps into a different electronic ...
New frontier in error-correcting codes
Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence ...
Study finds order in the apparent randomness of Earth's evolving landscape
(Phys.org) —As we all know, water runs downhill, forming channels and branched networks as it flows. It's been that way forever. But, believe it or not, scientists' understanding of these networks hasn't ...
Researchers devise method to study network resistance to random failures based on 'random walks'
Microchip-like technology allows single-cell analysis
A U.S. and Korean research team has developed a chip-like device that could be scaled up to sort and store hundreds of thousands of individual living cells in a matter of minutes. The system is similar to ...
Experiment opens the door to multi-party quantum communication (Update)
In the world of quantum science, Alice and Bob have been talking to one another for years. Charlie joined the conversation a few years ago, but now by enforcing the space-like separation of the three parties, ...
Quantum chaos in ultracold gas discovered
A team of University of Innsbruck researchers discovered that even simple systems, such as neutral atoms, can possess chaotic behavior, which can be revealed using the tools of quantum mechanics. The ground-breaking ...
Researchers demonstrate measurement system able to resolve quantum fluctuations
In this universe, anything that can vibrate will vibrate, and no oscillator is ever truly at rest.
How dividing cells end up the same size
There aren't any giants or midgets when it comes to the cells in your body, and now Duke University scientists think they know why.
In evolution, 'house of cards' model wins
Using sophisticated modeling of genomic data from diverse species, Yale researchers have answered a longstanding question about which competing model of evolution works best.
Protein harnesses power of 'silly walks'
The 'stiff-legged' walk of a motor protein along a tightrope-like filament has been captured for the first time.
Pennies reveal new insights on the nature of randomness
The concept of randomness appears across scientific disciplines, from materials science to molecular biology. Now, theoretical chemists at Princeton have challenged traditional interpretations of randomness ...
Global warming slowdown: No systematic errors in climate models
Sceptics who still doubt anthropogenic climate change have now been stripped of one of their last-ditch arguments: It is true that there has been a warming hiatus and that the surface of the earth has warmed ...
Researchers engineer improvements of technology used in digital memory
The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale.