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Is the Universe a Bubble? – Physicists Work on the Multiverse Hypothesis

July 21, 2014

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In several new studies and a short video, researchers from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics detail their work on the multiverse hypothesis. Perimeter Associate Faculty member Matthew Johnson and his colleagues are working to bring the multiverse hypothesis, which to some sounds like a fanciful tale, firmly into the realm of testable science. Never […]

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ATLAS Collaboration Detects Process Even Rarer Than Higgs Particle

July 17, 2014

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A new published study from the ATLAS Collaboration reports the first evidence of a process that can be used to test the mechanism by which the recently discovered Higgs particle imparts mass to other fundamental particles. Scientists running the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful “atom smasher,” […]

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Chelyabinsk Meteorite Sheds New Light on Dinosaur Extinction

July 17, 2014

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New measurements on the Chelyabinsk meteorite rule out the possibility for the Baptistina Asteroid Family being the source of the K/T impactor. Tucson, Arizonia — A long-standing debate about the source of the asteroid that impacted the Earth and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs has been put to rest thanks to the Chelyabinsk meteorite […]

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Scientists Demonstrate a Photonic Router for the First Time

July 15, 2014

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Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have taken another step forward toward building quantum computers, demonstrating a photonic router for the first time. Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This […]

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First Experimental Evidence of Boron “Buckyball”

July 14, 2014

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An international team of researchers has shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a […]

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Physicists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time

July 14, 2014

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A team of scientists has tackled the first step in quantum error correction, successfully identifying errors as they happen in real time. Scientists at Yale University have demonstrated the ability to track real quantum errors as they occur, a major step in the development of reliable quantum computers. They report their results in the journal […]

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Researchers Demonstrate the Scalability of Quantum Dot Architectures

July 11, 2014

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New research from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science reveals how arrays of electrons trapped in nanoscale circuitry could form the basis for future scalable quantum computers. A single electron trapped in a semiconductor nanostructure can form the most basic of building blocks for a quantum computer. Before practical quantum computers can be realized, […]

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Researchers Test Hollow Optical Fibers for UV Light

July 9, 2014

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have tested a new type of optical fiber with a hollow core, revealing that this type of optical fiber was able to guide UV laser light without being damaged and with acceptable loss. The new optical waveguides will improve precision investigations in physics, chemistry and life sciences. If you […]

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Solid-State Physicists Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

July 8, 2014

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Physicists show that the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered, should undergird our understanding of most materials. For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make. Now physicists […]

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The Reinterpretation of Cold Dark Matter as a Bose-Einstein Condensate

July 2, 2014

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Newly published research signifies the reinterpretation of cold dark matter, opening up the possibility that it could be regarded as a very cold quantum fluid governing the formation of the structure of the Universe. Tom Broadhurst, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU’s Department of Theoretical Physics, has participated alongside scientists of the National Taiwan University […]

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New Buckyball Research Will Aid Biological Studies

June 30, 2014

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Using SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, researchers take a closer look at soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs. Scientists at SLAC have been blowing up “buckyballs” – soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules – with an X-ray laser to understand how they fly apart. The results, they say, will aid biological studies by improving the analysis of […]

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New Supercomputer Simulations Could Improve Our Understanding of Dark Matter

June 26, 2014

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New supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our “local Universe” from the Big Bang to the present day could improve understanding of dark matter. The hunt for dark matter has taken another step forward thanks to new supercomputer simulations showing the evolution of our “local Universe” from the Big Bang to the present day. Physicists […]

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