Sonic booms in nerves and lipid membranes
Toward practical quantum computers: Technique extends duration of fragile quantum states
Quantum computers are experimental devices that promise exponential speedups on some computational problems. Where a bit in a classical computer can represent either a 0 or a 1, a quantum bit, or qubit, can ...
Generating Mobius strips of light: Researchers experimentally produce these structures from light polarization
A collaboration of researchers from Canada, Europe and the USA have experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light's ...
Nanoscale mirrored cavities amplify, connect quantum memories
The idea of computing systems based on controlling atomic spins just got a boost from new research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven ...
Exotic, gigantic molecules fit inside each other like Russian nesting dolls
University of Chicago scientists have experimentally observed for the first time a phenomenon in ultracold, three-atom molecules predicted by Russian theoretical physicist Vitaly Efimov in 1970.
DNA origami could lead to nano 'transformers' for biomedical applications
If the new nano-machines built at The Ohio State University look familiar, it's because they were designed with full-size mechanical parts such as hinges and pistons in mind.
Atoms can be in two places at the same time
Can a penalty kick simultaneously score a goal and miss? For very small objects, at least, this is possible: according to the predictions of quantum mechanics, microscopic objects can take different paths ...
Mathematical approach provides a new step in resolving the mystery of glass
An interdisciplinary team of mathematicians and physicists has developed a new quantitative approach to understanding the mysterious properties of the materials called glasses. The study is described in a ...
Topological protection in mechanical metamaterials
Researchers at Leiden University, the Netherlands, showed that certain crystal defects in mechanical metamaterials can harbour topologically protected motions. These mechanical states are analogues of protected ...
Inventors choose to reveal their secret sauce before patent approval
Common wisdom and prior economic research suggest that an inventor filing a patent would want to keep the technical know-how secret as long as possible. But a new study of nearly 2 million patents in the United ...
Feeling cold is contagious, scientists find
Just looking at somebody shivering is enough to make us feel cold, according to new research at the University of Sussex in the UK.
Why mechanical tension causes some crystals to jump, while others crumble
Crystals are not as stationary as you might think. A crystal of an organometallic compound containing palladium, for example, downright jumps from a hotplate once it reaches certain temperature. An international ...
Doing more with less: Steering a quantum path to improved internet security
Research conducted at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, may lead to greatly improved security of information transfer over the internet.
Solar plane to leave Switzerland ahead of round-the-world trip
A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late Monday heading for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip.