Using quantum measurements to fuel a cooling engine

Researchers at the University of Florence and Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, in Italy, have recently proved that the invasiveness of quantum measurements might not always be detrimental. In a study published in Physical ...

Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

MIT physicists are reigniting the possibility, which they previously had snuffed out, that a bright burst of gamma rays at the center of our galaxy may be the result of dark matter after all.

New methods are changing old materials

(PhysOrg.com) -- A company that makes steel for bearings used in heavy trucks had a big problem. The trucks travel through harsh, perilous environments such as Siberia, and an unexpected bearing failure on a remote stretch ...

Software assembles complete genome sequences on-demand

National Institutes of Health researchers have developed and released an innovative software tool to assemble truly complete (i.e., gapless) genome sequences from a variety of species. This software, called Verkko, which ...

Examining Smilodon's saber teeth

A team of researchers led by Narimane Chatar, a doctoral student at the EDDyLab of the University of Li├Ęge (Belgium), has tested the biting efficiency of Smilodon, an extinct genus of carnivore close to the extant felines. ...

Climate archives under the magnifying glass

The fossil remains of algae continuously accumulate in marine sediments, and these can be used to reconstruct past oceanic conditions. Molecular fossils, called lipid biomarkers, are of particular importance for this. They ...

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