Researchers find evidence suggesting spin liquids in ferromagnets may be similar to dipole liquids in ferroelectrics

A team of researchers with members from several institutions in the U.S. and Russia has found evidence that suggests spin liquids in ferromagnets may be similar to dipole liquids in ferroelectrics. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their study of molecular crystals and what they found. Ben Powell with the University of Queensland offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in…

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Cooling by laser beam

A laser pulse that for a few picoseconds transforms a material into a high-temperature superconductor. Different experiments have unveiled this interesting phenomenon, with potential applicative implications. Research carried out by scientists a year ago had already provided several basic principles of the phenomenon. Read More

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Silicon provides means to control quantum bits for faster algorithms

Quantum bits are now easier to manipulate for devices in quantum computing, thanks to enhanced spin-orbit interaction in silicon. Read More

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Boson sampling with photons found to produce useful output in spite of photon leaks for quantum supremacy

A team of researchers from China, Germany and the U.S. has found that boson sampling with photons is a viable option for testing for quantum supremacy, despite photons leaking from a given test system. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes testing the idea using photons emitted from a quantum dot. Read More

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Designing a better superconductor with geometric frustration

Study shows a magnet-controlled ‘switch’ in superconductor configuration provides unprecedented flexibility in managing the location of vortex filaments, altering the properties of the superconductor. Read More

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A better device for measuring electromagnetic radiation

Researchers have developed a better bolometer, a device for measuring electromagnetic radiation. The new technology is faster, simpler, and covers more wavelengths. Read More

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Evidence for a new property of quantum matter revealed

A theorized but never-before detected property of quantum matter has now been spotted in the lab. Read More

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Quantum LEGO—building ultracold molecules

Cooling matter is not easy. Atoms and molecules have the tendency to jump around, to rotate and to vibrate. Freezing these particles by slowing them down is a complicated process. For individual atoms, physicists have figured out over the years how to carry out this cooling process, using techniques like laser cooling, where finely tuned lasers remove energy from the particles. Molecules, on the other hand, are much harder to…

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Deadpool’s regenerative abilities could be closer than you think

Deadpool’s regenerative abilities could be closer than you think As we all know, Deadpool can regenerate tissues, organs,even entire limbs. How close is medical science to duplicating whayt Deadpool’s body can do? We’ve all read about ears being grown on the backs of mice, and engineering cells from one part of our body to rebuild another part of our body. But how close are we to seeing someone with Deadpool’s…

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Scott Pruitt’s EPA Prevented A Major Water Pollution Study From Being Published

Scott Pruitt’s EPA Prevented A Major Water Pollution Study From Being Published Would you want to know if certain chemicals in the environment are more dangerous than scientists previously thought? You would, right? Well, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disagrees. In January, embattled EPA head (and mortal enemy of Captain Planet and the Planeteers) Scott Pruitt stymied the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS)’s Agency…

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Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? A neuroscientist explains

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings? A neuroscientist explains Intuition happens as a result of fast processing in the brain. Valerie van Mulukom, Author provided Valerie van Mulukom, Coventry University Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut feeling. This would be met with disbelief – surely important decisions have to be thought over carefully,…

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What Are Carbon Nanotubes and Why Should You Care?

Have you heard of carbon nanotubes? Probably not. They sound like a futuristic technology that has lots of vaguely high-tech properties. And that is pretty much exactly what they are. Carbon nanotubes are made from similar materials to carbon fiber, and while the nanotubes do have structural applications like carbon fiber, they also do so, so much more. In this article, we’re going to break down the what, why, and…

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Tory Story: Plastic Bag Distraction

Tory Story. Plastic Bag Distraction The Tory Green Strategy, intended to pull in the young voters, is out. It’s meant to reduce plastic waste, a matter which many young voters are worried about and which the Tories want to capitalise on to get their support and votes; You know, just like how Corporations worry about paying taxes and the Tories want to help reduce too. And of course it’s another…

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Dark energy survey offers new view of dark matter halos, physicists report

Dark matter, a mysterious form of matter that makes up about 80 percent of the mass of the universe, has evaded detection for decades. Although it doesn’t interact with light, scientists believe it’s there because of its influence on galaxies and galaxy clusters. […]Read More

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Dawn of a galactic collision

A riot of colour and light dances through this peculiarly shaped galaxy, NGC 5256. Its smoke-like plumes are flung out in all directions and the bright core illuminates the chaotic regions of gas and dust swirling through the galaxy’s centre. Its odd structure is due to the fact that this is not one galaxy, but two—in the process of a galactic collision. […]Read More

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Discovery of new planet reveals distant solar system to rival our own

The discovery of an eighth planet circling the distant star Kepler-90 by University of Texas at Austin astronomer Andrew Vanderburg and Google’s Christopher Shallue overturns our solar system’s status as having the highest number of known planets. We’re now in a tie. […]Read More

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A better way to weigh millions of solitary stars

Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems. […]Read More

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A better way to weigh millions of solitary stars

Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems. […]Read More

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Doing without dark energy

Three mathematicians have a different explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does without theories of ‘dark energy.’ Einstein’s original equations for General Relativity actually predict cosmic acceleration due to an ‘instability,’ they argue in a new paper. […] Read More

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An ultradilute quantum liquid made from ultra-cold atoms

ICFO researchers created a novel type of liquid 100 million times more dilute than water and 1 million times thinner than air. The experiments, published in Science, exploit a fascinating quantum effect to produce droplets of this exotic phase of matter. […] Read More

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An ultradilute quantum liquid made from ultra-cold atoms

Researchers have created a novel type of liquid one hundred million times more dilute than water and one million times thinner than air. The experiments exploit a fascinating quantum effect to produce droplets of this exotic phase of matter. […] Read More

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Molecular mousetraps capture more nuclear waste

Cage-like molecules with internal chemical hooks remove three times more hazardous radioactive iodine compounds than current methods. […] Read More

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One in 5 materials chemistry papers may be wrong, study suggests

A new study that compared the results reported in thousands of papers published about the properties of metal organic framework (MOF) materials – which are prominent candidates for carbon dioxide adsorption and other separations – suggests the replicability problem should be a concern for materials researchers, too. […] Read More

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Single-stranded DNA and RNA origami go live

First nanotechnological approach enables the design and replication of complex single-stranded DNA and RNA origami with potential for drug delivery and nanofabrication. […] Read More

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Nanoparticle staircase: Atomic blasting creates new devices to measure nanoparticles

Researchers have demonstrated that a standard ion-beam technique can be fine-tuned to make structures with depths controlled to within the diameter of a single silicon atom. […] Read More

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Nanocoated stent could revolutionize cardiovascular disease treatment

Multi-disciplinary team receives $1.5 million grant to develop better cardiovascular stents. […] Read More

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Taking ice lithography to the next level

Researchers have discovered that ices of simple organic molecules such as alcohols and nonane (main component of diesel) can be nanopatterned by a focused electron beam. The entire 3D lithography process takes place in a single vacuum instrument and avoids exposing users to chemicals and the need for cleanrooms. With organic ice resist (OIR) technology, nanolithography can be made accessible to more scientists. The short-term implication of this work is…

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Long-ranged patterns formed in water and magnets

New research has revealed a deep connection between the properties of spin ice ice and those of water in its more important liquid state, so crucial to life on earth. […] Read More

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Chemical ‘pressure’ tuning magnetic properties

Unexpectedly, a little chemical substitution stabilizes unusual magnetic phase of vortexes called skyrmions. […] Read More

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The first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal

Lasers reveal a new state of matter – the first three-dimensional quantum liquid crystal. […] Read More

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