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Nuclear Power Turns To Salt

Today, it was announced that the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee is partnering with Canadian nuclear company Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) to assist with TEI’s new Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR). The engineering blueprint stage for this GenIV reactor …

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February 14, 2018<p>If you are like me, you love traveling. Seeing different and exotic location is what life is all about. However, finding airline …

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'Fibonacci quasiparticle' could form basis of future quantum computers

(Phys.org)—Topological quantum computing (TQC) is a newer type of quantum computing that uses "braids" of particle tracks, rather than actual …

The year in reviews: Five books that stood out in 2014

One feature of the <i>Physics Today</i> Book Reviews section is its technical and topical diversity. Our content ranges from popularizations to advanced …

Surprise! Mathematical model reveals unexpected findings on happiness

According to a new study, experiencing joy when you least expect it is the greatest boost to wellbeing<p>Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up …

Why Did I Study Physics?

In this hand-drawn animation, Brown University graduate Xiangjun Shi explains why she chose to study the science of nature—and what it taught her about herself. Shi, who also earned an animation degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, says she was drawn to physics by its simple perfection, …

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An Electronic Camouflage Cloak Inspired By Color-Changing Octopus Skin

Eat your heart out, Harry Potter<p>An octopus evading a predator has one of the coolest evolutionary adaptations up its (eight) sleeves; in a matter of milliseconds, its skin can change color and opacity to blend in with the surroundings, rendering the creature nearly invisible.<p>This camouflage trick …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

If we want to understand what’s happening in the brain when people ‘hear voices’, we first need to understand what happens during ordinary inner speech<p>Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Most of us will be familiar with the …

World's coolest molecules

It's official. Yale physicists have chilled the world's coolest molecules.<p>The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to …

Color hologram uses plasmonic nanoparticles to store large amounts of information

A key difference in the new holograms is the smaller size of the diffraction fringes, which control the light wavelength interference. In traditional …

Scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National …

Researchers obtain first direct observation of facet formation in nanocubes

"A major roadblock has been that the atomic pathways of facet development in nanocrystals are mostly unknown due to the lack of direct observation," …

Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'

The first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal prize discusses her life as a mathematician<p>Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics. Mirzakhani, 37, is of Iranian descent and completed her PhD at Harvard in 2004. Her thesis …