Two papers investigate the thermodynamics of quantum systems
Zombie outbreak? Statistical mechanics reveal the ideal hideout
A team of Cornell University researchers focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your 'braains' from the 'undead.'
'Econophysics' points way to fair salaries in free market
A Purdue University researcher has used "econophysics" to show that under ideal circumstances free markets promote fair salaries for workers and do not support CEO compensation practices common today.
Quantum Communication in Random Networks
Internet, networks of connections between Hollywood actors, etc, are examples of complex networks, whose properties have been intensively studied in recent times. The small-world property (that everyone has ...
Photons led astray: Experiment to investigate random motion of quantum particles developed
Life would sometimes be so much easier if we were quantum particles. For example, if we were trying to find our way out of a strange town allowing chance telling us which way to go at every intersection. As ...
Physicist finds that E. coli replicate close to thermodynamic limits of efficiency
All living things must obey the laws of physics—including the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the universe's disorder, or entropy, can only grow. Highly ordered cells and organisms appear ...
How computers push on the molecules they simulate
Because modern computers have to depict the real world with digital representations of numbers instead of physical analogues, to simulate the continuous passage of time they have to digitize time into small ...
Our ambiguous world of words
(Phys.org) —Ambiguity in language poses the greatest challenge when it comes to training a computer to understand the written word. Now, new research aims to help computers find meaning.
Averting worse economic collapses
A new study shows how specific parameters can help us steer clear of tipping points in dynamic systems, such as entire economies.
Biochemists uphold law of physics (w/ Video)
Experiments by biochemists at the University of California, Davis show for the first time that a law of physics, the ergodic theorem, can be demonstrated by a collection of individual protein molecules—specifically, a protein ...
Entropyman.org Explains Why Pots 'Unbreak' on the Nanoscale (Video)
Mosh pits can shed light on panic situations
(Phys.org)—When physics graduate student Jesse Silverberg took his girlfriend to a heavy metal concert, he didn't dive into the mosh pit as usual. He hung back and observed that humans act like particles, ...
Physicists develop potent packing process
New York University physicists have developed a method for packing microscopic spheres that could lead to improvements in commercial products ranging from pharmaceutical lotions to ice cream. Their work, which relies on an ...