News tagged with theoretical physics

Does probability come from quantum physics?

(Phys.org)—Ever since Austrian scientist Erwin Schrodinger put his unfortunate cat in a box, his fellow physicists have been using something called quantum theory to explain and understand the nature of waves and particles.

Feb 05, 2013
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Microswimmers hit the wall (w/ video)

(Phys.org)—New research reveals what happens when swimming cells such as spermatozoa and algae hit a solid wall, and has implications for applications in diagnostics and biofuel production.

Jan 08, 2013
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Everyone loves a falling slinky

(Phys.org)—If a slinky is not at the top of your Christmas list you might want to think again. Making a slinky walk down steps or draping it over your arm to imitate a robot is fun but the coiled spring ...

Dec 18, 2012
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Powering lasers through heat

In micro electronics heat often causes problems and engineers have to put a lot of technical effort into cooling, for example micro chips, to dissipate heat that is generated during operation. Austrian physicists ...

Nov 13, 2012
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Physicist, former Caltech provost Christy dies

(AP)—California Institute of Technology officials say Robert F. Christy, a former professor and administrator who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, has died. He was 96.

Oct 05, 2012
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Quantum causal relations: A causes B causes A

A deeply rooted concept in everyday life is causality; the idea that events in the present are caused by events in the past and, in turn, act as causes for what happens in the future. Physicists from the ...

Oct 02, 2012
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