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    Ultra-cold atoms may wade through quantum friction

    Theoretical physicists studying the behavior of ultra-cold atoms have discovered a new source of friction, dispensing with a century-old paradox in the process. Their prediction, which experimenters may soon try to verify, was reported recently in Physical Review Letters. The friction afflicts certain arrangements Read More
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    Dormant Black Hole Eats Star, Becomes X-ray Flashlight

    A team of University of Michigan and University of Maryland researchers, including Physics' Lixin Dai, is the first to catch x-ray echoes of a tidal disruption event. Their paper, “Relativistic Reverberation in the Accretion Flow of a Tidal Disruption Event,” is published in  Nature. Read More
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    Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

    Both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors—located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington—detected the gravitational wave event, named GW151226. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration used data from the twin LIGO detectors to make the discovery, which is Read More
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    Tiny Diamonds Could Enable Huge Advances in Nanotechnology

    Nanomaterials have the potential to improve many next-generation technologies. They promise to speed up computer chips, increase the resolution of medical imaging devices and make electronics more energy efficient. But imbuing nanomaterials with the right properties can be time consuming and costly. A new, Read More
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    Disorder Grants a Memory to Quantum Spins

    Nature doesn’t have the best memory. If you fill a box with air and divide it in half with a barrier, it’s easy to tell molecules on the left from molecules on the right. But after removing the barrier and waiting a short while, Read More
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    Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump

    The idea of a pump is at least as old as the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Archimedes. More than 2000 years ago, Archimedes allegedly invented a corkscrew pump (link is external) that could lift water up an incline with the turn of a Read More
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    Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun

    Most people do not give much thought to the Earth’s magnetic field, yet it is every bit as essential to life as air, water and sunlight. The magnetic field provides an invisible, but crucial, barrier that protects Earth from the sun’s magnetic field, which Read More
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    Experiments at the LHC are once again recording collisions at extraordinary energies

    After months of winter hibernation the world’s most powerful particle accelerator is once again smashing protons and taking data. The Large Hadron Collider will run around the clock for the next six months and produce roughly 2 quadrillion high-quality proton collisions, six times more Read More
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    Novel gate may enhance power of Majorana-based quantum computers

    Quantum computers hold great potential, but they remain hard to build because their basic components—individual quantum systems like atoms, electrons or photons—are fragile. A relentless and noisy background constantly bombards the computer’s data. One promising theoretical approach, known as topological quantum computing, uses groups Read More
  • 1 Ultra-cold atoms may wade through quantum friction
  • 2 Dormant Black Hole Eats Star, Becomes X-ray Flashlight
  • 3 Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes
  • 4 Tiny Diamonds Could Enable Huge Advances in Nanotechnology
  • 5 Disorder Grants a Memory to Quantum Spins
  • 6 Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump
  • 7 Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun
  • 8 Experiments at the LHC are once again recording collisions at extraordinary energies
  • 9 Novel gate may enhance power of Majorana-based quantum computers
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