Physicists at New Zealand's University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and to smash them together.
Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure.
Michio Kaku, an internationally-renowned theoretical physicist whose new book, The Future of the Mind, is #2 on this week's New York Times list of bestsellers (hardcover nonfiction), will provide a glimpse into the future when he visits DePauw University on Monday, May 5. Dr. Kaku, called "a superhero of the incomprehensible" by Cosmos magazine, "has the rare ability to take complicated scientific theories and turn them into readable tales about what our lives will be like in the future," notes USA Today. He will present a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located within the Green Center for the Performing Arts.
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Happenstance led to the discovery of the first ring system around an asteroid, and Appalachian State University Professor Joseph Pollock was part of the team of astronomers that made the discovery.
At a ceremony today at Geneva airport, CERN and ESA signed a framework agreement for future cooperation on research and technology in areas of mutual interest. Future areas may include the development and characterization of innovative materials for applications in extreme conditions and for cutting-edge scientific performances, the development of new micro-technologies to be applied in miniaturized distributed sensor systems and the development and testing of high-performance detectors for high-energy physics experiments and space payloads.
A new Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Bristol and University of Bath has received £4.1 million funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), it was announced today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt. Hon George Osborne MP.
The asteroid Chariklo, which circles the Sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, is surrounded by two thin rings of ice particles. It is thus the fifth body in the Solar System known to exhibit such a ring system – next to the giant planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune – and the first rocky body.
Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created.
Subtle interactions of electrons and light make them so valuable for technology: ultra-thin systems of semiconductor layers can turn electrical voltage into light. But they can also be used the other way around and serve as light detectors.
The material class of topological insulators has been discovered a few years ago and displays amazing properties: In their inside, they behave electrically insulating but at their surface they form metallic, conducting states.
NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.
The states in which elementary particles, such as photons, can be found have properties which are beyond common sense. Superpositions are produced, such as the possibility of being in two places at once, which defies intuition.
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The Solar System has a new most-distant member, bringing its outer frontier into focus.