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A video that explains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The more you know about a quantum particle's position, the less you know about its momentum, and vice versa. This is the Heisenberg uncertainty …

Strangely, These Atoms Seem to Have Different Masses Depending on How They're Measured

When it comes to understanding the universe, a crucial property of stuff, whatever that stuff might be, is its mass. The building blocks of our …

Physics

Physics: Scientists Accidentally Discover Completely New Kind of Quantum Material Whose Electrons Act Like Rays of Light

Physicists have discovered the existence of an entirely new kind of quantum material, more or less on accident. The breakthrough could lead to the …

An Enterprising 11 Year Old Is Building Our Renewable Energy Future

<b>NEW ORLEANS—</b>There were more than 20,000 scientists in New Orleans for the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) annual meeting earlier this week, …

Renewable Energy

The microscopic origin of efficiency droop in LEDs

Light-emitting diodes—or LEDs, as they are commonly known—have been slowly replacing incandescent light bulbs in applications ranging from car …

Particle Physics

Where did Earth's gold come from? Space, scientists say.

Around 130 million years ago, two neutron stars — those strange, compacted cores of dead stars — smashed into one another. The resulting "kilonova" …

A stable plasma ring has been created in open air for the first time ever

Like Magic, Only Better<p>When it was first described in the 1920s by physicist Irvin Langmuir, plasma was said to be one of the fundamental states of …

Sun Storm to Cause Stunning Auroras—Here’s How to Watch

A gust of solar wind is lashing Earth, possibly triggering glorious light shows in the coming nights.<p>Sky-watchers should keep their eyes turned toward the poles the next few nights, as an incoming solar tempest may trigger colorful displays of auroras.<p>This past weekend, a giant gaping hole opened …

The 15 best pancake places in London, ranked by price

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which is the 40-day period where people often fast or give up unhealthy foods. Pancakes are a good way to use up ingredients like flour, sugar, and oil before Lent begins.<p>To help you make the most of the day, we teamed up with …

Breakfast

The 4 Fundamental Forces of Physics

The fundamental forces (or fundamental interactions) of physics are the ways that individual particles interact with each other. It turns out that …

Physics

Simultaneous entanglement swapping of multiple orbital angular momentum states of light

Altmetric: 58<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Yingwen Zhang,<br>• Megan Agnew,<br>• Thomas Roger ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-0862-4961,<br>• Filippus S. Roux ORCID: …

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light

Nature Communications today published research by a team comprising Scottish and South African researchers, demonstrating entanglement swapping and …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicists Just Quantum Teleported Complex Light Patterns For The First Time

A whole new level.<p>Wrapping your messages up with quantum weirdness is a great way to avoid sneaky eavesdropping, but in its current form it's more …

New Apple software could be 'huge' for taking augmented reality mainstream

New augmented reality software from Apple and Google will be "huge" in taking the technology to the mainstream, a prominent tech evangelist told CNBC …

Augmented Reality

IBM makes breakthrough in quantum computing

Big Blue simulates molecular reaction and structure<p>Scientists working at IBM have developed new algorithms to help improve knowledge of complex …

Quantum Computing

The World’s First Hologram Table Is Here & We're Living In The Future

Who amongst us did not watch <i>Star Trek</i> and dream of the day we could have our own Holodeck adventures? Though holographic technology has long been a …

Augmented Reality

How This Hologram Table Could Change Architecture

Euclideon wants users to see a future without cumbersome VR headsets<p>Despite all our smartphones and driverless cars, holograms still feel like the stuff of science fiction—or at least summer music festivals. But finally, Australian holographics company Euclideon is poised to quite literally change …

Augmented Reality

New 3-D display takes the eye fatigue out of virtual reality

Innovative technology mimics the depth cues our eyes are accustomed to in the real-world<p>WASHINGTON -- There is a great deal of excitement around …

Augmented Reality

Chemists create Star Wars-style 3D 'holograms' in a flask of liquid

Remember the iconic scene from <i>Star Wars</i>, in which R2-D2 projects a hologram of Princess Leia saying, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope?” …

Imaging

Physicists Just Achieved Quantum Teleportation Underwater For The First Time

Whoa.<p>Chinese scientists have successfully sent information between entangled particles through sea water, the first time this type of quantum …

Focus is key to blending virtual objects with the real world

You might remember Avegant for its unusual take on the video headset. The Glyph looked like (and doubled up as) headphone cans but worked pretty well. We called it "a wearable cinema for serious movie fans." Now, the startup is taking on a bigger challenge with Light Field, its "mixed reality …

Let The 10th Doctor Teach You Einstein's General Relativity in 3 Minutes

Who better to explain space-time?<p>On 14 March 2017, the world celebrated what would have been Albert Einstein's 138th birthday. But while all of us …

Physics

When the Lights Went Out in the Universe

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i><i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of</i> <i>Ask a</i> …

Universe

10 Powerful Examples Of Artificial Intelligence In Use Today

The machines haven’t taken over. Not yet at least. However, they are seeping their way into our lives, affecting how we live, work and entertain ourselves. From voice-powered personal assistants like Siri and Alexa, to more underlying and fundamental technologies such as behavioral algorithms, …

Artificial Intelligence

In a first, scientists detect 'fast radio bursts' from beyond the Milky Way galaxy

Sifting through the heavens like prospectors panning silt for a glint of gold, astronomers say they have finally pinpointed the source of so-called fast radio bursts – brief, powerful and mysterious flashes of light.<p>The discovery, described in a paper in Nature and two others in Astrophysical …

Epson's augmented reality headset lets you pilot a drone as God intended

When Epson messaged to ask if I wanted to try a new augmented reality headset designed to improve the experience of piloting a drone, I was all ears. After spending some time piloting a DJI drone using Epson’s AR headset, I was hooked — there is no better way to fly a drone.<p>What is it?<p>An augmented …

The quantum computers of the future will work equally well with encrypted and unencrypted inputs

When future users of quantum computers need to analyze their data or run quantum algorithms, they will often have to send encrypted information to …

Encryption

In breakthrough experiment, scientists shine a light on antimatter

Antimatter is weird stuff. It was created during the Big Bang along with traditional matter, but it has the exact opposite properties of the kinds of matter we know: anti-electrons (or positrons) have a positive charge rather than negative, for example, while antiprotons, the antimatter versions of …

Physics