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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security

Other researchers have tried breeding varieties of corn that express antifungal proteins, but because not many antifungal proteins are known to begin …

New material helps record data with light

Russian physicists with their colleagues from Europe have learned to generate quasiparticles—excitons, which were fully controllable and able to …

New 'biomimetic' glue shows high-strength bonding under water

An adhesive that works under water and is modeled after those created by shellfish to stick to surfaces is stronger than many commercial glues …

Single molecule switch

A research team with participants from Konstanz presents a molecular switch so far unmatched in its reproducibility<p>The theoretical physicists Junior …

Researchers develop new method to program nanoparticle organization in polymer thin films

Controlling the organization of nanoparticles into patterns in ultrathin polymer films can be accomplished with entropy instead of chemistry, …

Early Earth had a hazy, methane-filled atmosphere

Thick clouds of methane forced hydrogen to leave the atmosphere, enabling today's oxygen-rich air to develop<p>More than 2.4 billion years ago, Earth's …

Earth Science

Two-dimensional polymer breakthrough that could revolutionize energy storage

Polymers, such as plastic and synthetic textiles, are very useful technological commodities that have revolutionized daily life and industries. A …

Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of materials

Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the …

Penn State

Theorists solve a long-standing fundamental problem

Trying to understand a system of atoms is like herding gnats - the individual atoms are never at rest and are constantly moving and interacting. When …

Quantum Physics

Simulated quantum magnetism can control spin interactions at arbitrary distances

(Phys.org)—Quantum magnetism, in which – unlike magnetism in macroscopic-scale materials, where electron spin orientation is random – atomic spins …

Quantum Physics

Colors from darkness: Researchers develop alternative approach to quantum computing

Researchers at Aalto University have demonstrated the suitability of microwave signals in the coding of information for quantum computing. Previous …

This new equation promises to unify physics theories with the help of wormholes

As far as famous equations go, none are more known than <b>Einstein’s</b> <b>E=mc2</b><b>.</b> This insight by Einstein that relates mass and energy has been linked to the …

Quantum Mechanics

NREL discovery creates future opportunity in quantum computing

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that runs counter to the intended …

High-speed 'electron camera' films atomic nuclei in vibrating molecules

An ultrafast "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct snapshots of atomic …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy

SOMEWHERE in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing. It’s a quantum computer, the largest ever made, …

New combination of materials could speeds up computers

Researchers at Uppsala University have discovered a new combination of materials that paves the way for faster and more effective storage in …

Nanotech

Quantum mechanics technique allows for pushing past 'Rayleigh's curse'

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the National University of Singapore has found a way to get around what they describe as 'Rayleigh's curse'—a …

Quantum Physics

New math captures fluids in unprecedented detail

Bubbles in a glass of champagne, thin films rupturing into tiny droplets, and crashing ocean waves—scientists mathematically model these and other …

A first for direct-drive fusion

"We've shown that the direct-drive method, is on par with other work being done in advancing nuclear fusion research," said Bose.<p>"Arijit's work is …

Physics

New boson that interacts with dark matter has been predicted by scientists

Madala boson predicted as a result of 'peculiarities' in data from experiments at the LHC.<p>A new boson has been predicted by scientists following …

The Quantum Eraser

Richard Feynmann noted more than once that complementarity is the central mystery that lies at the heart of quantum theory. Complementarity rules the …

A supercomputer models a blinking, impossibly bright 'monster pulsar'

The Eddington luminosity is determined by the mass of the object. Because pulsars have masses hundreds of thousands of times less than the black …

Synopsis: Strange Mesonic Atoms Detected

The DIRAC collaboration at CERN reports the first statistically significant observation of an atom formed from a 𝜋 meson and a <i>K</i> meson.<br>[Physics] …

This Battery-Free Generator Is Made From Fish Scales

A potential green power source for self-powered electronics<p>Physicists in India have created a battery-free generator out of fish scales. The clear, flexible generator can harvest the energy from small movements such as body motions, sound vibrations and wind flow, then convert it into electrical …

Quantum Leap

On August 2, 1939, at the dawn of World War II and six months after the discovery of uranium fission, Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote a letter …

Fifth fundamental force: fact or fiction?

The strong, weak, electromagnetic and gravitational forces probably aren’t all there is. Did we just find evidence for a fifth?<p><i>“A careful analysis of</i> …

The Enigma Machine has gone quantum

Scientists are the first to demonstrate that an unbreakable encrypted message can be sent with a key that’s far shorter than the message.<p>Until now, …

Quantum Physics

Focus: Smoke Rings in Light

Author(s): Michael SchirberA newly discovered optical vortex forms a ring around many intense laser pulses but was never noticed before.<br>[Physics 9, …

Cosmic Neutrinos Detected, Confirming The Big Bang's Last Great Prediction

The Big Bang, when it was first proposed, seemed like an outlandish story out of a child’s imagination. Sure, the expansion of the Universe, observed by Edwin Hubble, meant that the more distant a galaxy was, the faster it receded from us. As we headed into the future, the great distances between …

Physics

Proxima b: Could life exist on Earth-like planet in the solar system next door?

Last week, researchers confirmed the existence of a rocky—and possibly wet—planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. Dubbed …

Universe