Quantum tunnelling could aid life's chemistry in the coldest places
New research has revealed that chemical reactions previously thought to be 'impossible' in space actually occur 'with vigour,' a discovery that could ultimately change our understanding of how alcohols are ...
Hydrogen atoms under the magnifying glass
To describe the microscopic properties of matter and its interaction with the external world, quantum mechanics uses wave functions, whose structure and time dependence is governed by the Schrödinger equation. ...
Researchers discover a way to generate an electron Airy beam
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.
New physics in iridium compounds
(Phys.org)—Unraveling the complexities of spin-orbital coupling could someday lead to new high-temperature superconductors and workable quantum computers via an elusive phase of matter called a "quantum ...
The road also taken: Alternative and hidden pathways in biological electron transfer
Shaking the electron has strengthened quantum mechanics
Decays of atomic nuclei are potential sources of information on fundamental phenomena occurring in the quantum world. Unfortunately, it is a rather difficult task to model such processes. However, NCBJ physicists ...
Paper stirs up controversy over the nature of the quantum wave function
Does the quantum wave function represent reality?
Cell phone use may have effect on brain activity, but health consequences unknown
In a preliminary study, researchers found that 50-minute cell phone use was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism (a marker of brain activity) in the region closest to the phone antenna, but the finding is of ...
Alcoholism's effect on sleep persists during long periods of sobriety
A study in the Oct.1 issue of the journal Sleep shows that long-term alcoholism affects sleep even after long periods of abstinence, and the pattern of this effect is similar in both men and women.
Making waves in the brain: Researchers use lasers to induce gamma brain waves in mice
Scientists have studied high-frequency brain waves, known as gamma oscillations, for more than 50 years, believing them crucial to consciousness, attention, learning and memory. Now, for the first time, MIT researchers and ...