Physicists use mechanical micro-drum used as quantum memory

JILA researchers demonstrated thatinformation encoded as a specific point in atraveling microwave signal—the vertical and horizontal positions of a wave pattern at a certain ime—can be transferred to the mechanical beat ...

Sensor predicts glass breakage

(PhysOrg.com) -- Modern glass façades inform the architecture of major cities throughout the world. In recent years, however, there have been cases of broken glass, with collapsing facades endangering passers-by. Now, a ...

Making frequency-hopping radios practical

The way in which radio spectrum is currently allocated to different wireless technologies can lead to gross inefficiencies. In some regions, for instance, the frequencies used by cellphones can be desperately congested, while ...

Caltech researchers create 'sound bullets'

Taking inspiration from a popular executive toy ("Newton's cradle"), researchers at the California Institute of Technology have built a device -- called a nonlinear acoustic lens -- that produces highly focused, high-amplitude ...

When a whistle beats a tweet

Biologists have discovered that a species of Australian pigeon has a secret way of alerting fellow birds to predators -- a "whistle" emitted by flapping wings when the bird takes off in alarm.

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