Symmetry breaking during flapping generates lift
Magnetic bubbles behave differently than other magnetic defects (w/ video)
Mesoscale eddies found to move far more ocean water than previously thought
Hunt for an 'unidentified electron object'
New research sheds light on the nature of 'unidentified electron objects'—a mysterious class of objects that exists in superfluid helium at low temperature.
Advanced light source provides new look at skyrmions
Skyrmions, subatomic quasiparticles that could play a key role in future spintronic technologies, have been observed for the first time using x-rays. An international collaboration of researchers working ...
Harnessing magnetic vortices for making nanoscale antennas
(Phys.org) —Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating ...
New phenomenon in nanodisk magnetic vortices
(Phys.org) -- The phenomenon in ferromagnetic nanodisks of magnetic vortices hurricanes of magnetism only a few atoms across has generated intense interest in the high-tech community because ...
Whirlpools on the nanoscale could multiply magnetic memory
Research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source promises four-bit magnetic cells instead of the two-bit magnetic domains of standard magnetic memories. Magnetic vortices are whirlpools ...
Tying light in knots
(PhysOrg.com) -- The remarkable feat of tying light in knots has been achieved by a team of physicists working at the universities of Bristol, Glasgow and Southampton, UK, reports a paper in Nature Physics this w ...
Aviation industry dons 'shark skins' to save fuel
In its never-ending quest to develop more aerodynamic, more fuel-efficient aircraft, the aviation industry believes the ocean's oldest predator, the shark, could hold the key to cutting energy consumption.
Beautiful physics: Tying knots in light
New research published today seeks to push the discovery that light can be tied in knots to the next level.
Computer simulation shows the sun's "heartbeat" is magnetic
Study shows hovering hummingbirds generate two trails of vortices under their wings, challenging one-vortex consensus
As of today, the Wikipedia entry for the hummingbird explains that the bird's flight generates in its wake a single trail of vortices that helps the bird hover. But after conducting experiments with hummi ...
Landmark experiment on wave interference from the early 1800s is revisited using gold nanoparticles
In the eighteenth century, scientists faced a conundrum: is light a wave or a particle? One of strongest pieces of evidence to support the 'wave view'—the landmark double-slit experiment—was reported ...