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Modelling the fourth colour: dispatch from de Moriond

At the particle physics conference, it’s clear inconclusive LHCb data are stimulating strange new ideas<p>In the middle of the Rencontres de Moriond particle physics conference in Italy, the scientific talks stopped to allow a standing ovation dedicated to the memory and achievements of my …

Physics

Google thinks it’s close to “quantum supremacy.” Here’s what that really means. - MIT Technology Review

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it’s massive. This week Google unveiled Bristlecone, a new quantum computing …

Quantum Computing

A Magnetic 'Wormhole' That Connects Two Regions of Space Was Created in The Lab

Two years ago ... this was weird.<p>Back in 2015, researchers in Spain created a tiny magnetic wormhole for the first time ever. They used it to connect …

Maxwell's demon in the quantum Zeno regime

In the original Maxwell's demon thought experiment, a demon makes continuous measurements on a system of hot and cold reservoirs, building up a …

Quantum Mechanics

Google Just Unveiled The World's Most Advanced Quantum Processor by Far

72 qubits! 72 qubits!<p>Google has lifted the lid on its new quantum processor, Bristlecone. The project could play a key role in making quantum …

Quantum ball lightning forged in the lab for the first time

Ball lightning has been consistently reported for centuries, and yet we still know very little about it. Now, scientists at Amherst College and Aalto …

Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.<p>In 1935, when both quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s general …

Single metalens focuses all colors of the rainbow in one point; opens new possibilities in virtual, augmented reality

Metalenses—flat surfaces that use nanostructures to focus light—promise to revolutionize optics by replacing the bulky, curved lenses currently used …

Augmented Reality

Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Quantum Mechanics

2D Superconductivity: Fermion Pairing Observed At Higher Temperatures Than Before

A group of researchers has made an exciting quantum discovery that could propel us to superconductivity. They have synthesized a new state of matter …

Quantum Computing

New Device Lets Scientists Explore The Weird Physics Near Absolute Zero

Strange things happen at the limits of science.<p>Scientists have long been intrigued by the physics near absolute zero – the temperature 0° Kelvin, or …

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum encryption is now fast enough for voice calls

Quantum encryption is theoretically a dream for security, as you can't even inspect the data without altering it. However, it's currently several times slower than the conventional kind, which makes it impractical for voice calls or streaming video. Science may have come to the rescue, though: …

Does quantum tunneling take time or is it instantaneous?

In the weird world of quantum physics, it's not unusual for particles to tunnel through barriers that under normal circumstances they shouldn't be …

Physicists create first photonic Maxwell's demon

(Phys.org)—Maxwell's demon, a hypothetical being that appears to violate the second law of thermodynamics, has been widely studied since it was first …

Physics

Physicists Apply Brakes to Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

New research could permanently upend the standard model of cosmology as we know it.<p>The notion that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate …

Physics

Experiments Toward Braiding: Status and Plans for Majorana-based Quantum Information - Prof. Marcus

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

<b>PROVIDENCE, R.I.</b> [Brown University] — New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a …