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Friction in the vacuum?

(—When three physicists first discovered through their calculations that a decaying atom moving through the vacuum experiences a friction-like force, they were highly suspicious. The results seemed to go against ...

dateFeb 20, 2017 in Quantum Physics feature
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Sorting machine for atoms

Physicists at the University of Bonn have cleared a further hurdle on the path to creating quantum computers: in a recent study, they present a method with which they can very quickly and precisely sort large numbers of atoms. ...

dateFeb 09, 2017 in Quantum Physics
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Measuring time without a clock

EPFL scientists have been able to measure the ultrashort time delay in electron photoemission without using a clock. The discovery has important implications for fundamental research and cutting-edge technology.

dateFeb 08, 2017 in General Physics
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The thermodynamics of learning

(—While investigating how efficiently the brain can learn new information, physicists have found that, at the neuronal level, learning efficiency is ultimately limited by the laws of thermodynamics—the same principles ...

dateFeb 06, 2017 in General Physics feature
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