APS in the News - 2012

Superluminal Light
May 3, 2012
Experiment creates light that moves faster than c.
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Acoustic Analog to Graphene
May 3, 2012
Honeycomb pattern in plastic is a large-scale acoustic equivalent of graphene.
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Gamma Ray Optics
May 6, 2012
Physicists have shown that gamma rays can be bent like ordinary light.
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Physics of Spilling Coffee
May 9, 2012
Fluid dynamics explains how walking leads to spilled coffee, and suggests ways to prevent it.
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Black Holes Limit Star Formation
May 10, 2012
A black hole at the center of a galaxy may hinder star formation.
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Spider Silk Electronics
May 11, 2012
Adding gold or nanotubes to spider silk creates microscopic wires
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Clean Up Silicon Conduction
May 14, 2012
Removing dopants from a silicon substrate can help overcome unpredictable electron scattering at the quantum scale.
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Storing Data in Quantum Combs
May 16, 2012
Three independent teams of physicists have created solid-state quantum memories that store the polarization states of photons.
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Orbiting Oxygen Droplets
May 17, 2012
Magnets deflect liquid oxygen droplets as they skitter across a glass surface.
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Staples Stick Together
May 23, 2012
U-shaped metal grains (i.e. staples) clump together best at a length-to-width ratio of about 0.4.
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Electromagnetism v. Relativity
May 24, 2012
Is the Lorentz law of force incompatible with special relativity and momentum conservation?
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Cloaking Array Apps
May 25, 2012
Arrays of metamaterial cloaks could aid communications and analysis of complex samples.
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Flying Carpet Constructed
May 29, 2012
An electrically powered sheet propels itself through the air.
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Energy Critical Mineral Funding
May 29, 2012
DOE to spend up to $120 million in next 5 years to support research into rare earths and critical materials.
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New Class of 3-Body States
May 30, 2012
A new class of three-body bound states should exist for atoms that experience long-range interactions.
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Teen Publishes Quantum Advance
June 3, 2012
At the tender age of 18, Ari Dyckovskyhas has already published on quantum mechanics in Physical Review A.
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Vanishing Friction
June 4, 2012
Friction can nearly disappear altogether at the micron scale.
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Self-Planting Seeds
June 6, 2012
X-ray measurements reveal the mechanism behind self-sowing plant seeds.
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Modeling Phasons
June 9, 2012
New model of phason excitations in quasicrystals.
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Protesting Kokabee Sentencing
June 11, 2012
Organizations ask for fair treatment for Iranian physics grad student.
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Quantum Site Ranking
June 12, 2012
Proposed quantum mechanical algorithm could duplicate Google's PageRank for web site popularity.
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Rogue Waves Simulated
June 14, 2012
Chaotic laser pulses lead to an analogue of dangerously large ocean waves.
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Cartel Physics
June 21, 2012
High gas prices may be explained by spontaneously self-organized cartel behavior, rather than collusion.
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Stressed Transistors
June 25, 2012
High stresses applied to silicon devices can improve transistor performance beyond what was previously thought possible.
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Galaxy Clusters in Motion
June 29, 2012
Researchers have detected how the 600-kilometer-per-second motion of galactic clusters affects the cosmic microwave background.
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Shaken Lasers
June 29, 2012
Shaking metallic grains turns them into tunable lasers.
Gray arrow Article:  New Scientist
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Searching for Cosmic Ray Sources
July 3, 2012
After 100 years, energetic space particles continue to pose a perplexing mystery.
Gray arrow Article:  Science News
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Particle May Be Higgs-Boson
July 5, 2012
The recent announcement from CERN of observing a "Higgslike" particle may confirm physics theories now Free to Readalmost a half-century old. In 1964, the flagship APS journal, Physical Review Letters, published three articles, one of them by Peter Higgs, that sought to explain how matter gets its mass.  APS has made these noteworthy letters Free to Read.
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Quantum Indecision
July 9, 2012
Some solvable classical problems have no quantum mechanical solutions.
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Droplets as Quantum Analogue
July 9, 2012
Pairs of bouncing droplets on a fluid surface simulate the Zeeman effect.
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Quantum Computing Bus
July 10, 2012
Researchers propose a way to transfer quantum information between ions and electronic circuits.
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Hawking Loses Another Bet
July 10, 2012
Losing a bet against the Higgs is the latest in Stephen Hawking's bad gambling choices.
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Lunar Swirls Explained
July 11, 2012
Electric fields enveloping magnetic bubbles create distinctive patterns on the moon.
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Photonic Particle Trap
July 16, 2012
New hollow fiber trap for micron-sized particles relies on both laser light and heat.
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Black Hole Lithium Factories
July 17, 2012
Some small black holes could be acting as prolific lithium sources.
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Solving Casimir Conundrum
July 19, 2012
New experiment may resolve conflicting theories of forces between adjacent surfaces.
Gray arrow Article:  Physics World
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Pioneer Anomaly Solved
July 20, 2012
Slowing of NASA's Pioneer spacecraft far out in the solar system can be explained by excess heat.
Gray arrow Article:  USA Today
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Quantum Limits on Theories
July 23, 2012
New analysis shows that quantum mechanics limits the maximum predictive power of many theories.
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Oscillations After Inflation
July 24, 2012
Localized waves called oscillons may have dominated the early universe shortly after inflation.
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Leidenfrost Slowmo
July 26, 2012
High speed images offer insight into the motion of droplets dancing.
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Inflation on Trial
July 28, 2012
Physicists are actively looking for flaws in inflation theory.
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Deep Dark Matter Search
July 29, 2012
Physicists mine cosmic answers deep underground.
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Non-Contact Entanglement
July 30, 2012
Qubits can become quantum mechanically entangled even though they never physically interact.
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Light from Dark Matter
August 17, 2012
Gamma rays from the center of the Milky Way might provide the best evidence that dark matter exists.
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Solar Wind Heating Explained
August 19, 2012
Magnetic turbulence could be the reason the solar wind is hotter than expected.
Gray arrow Article:  Red Orbit
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Big Freeze?
August 21, 2012
Phase change theory suggests the Big Bang was more like a freezing fluid than an explosion.
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Time Reversed Water Waves
August 23, 2012
Careful measurement of water waves allows the recreation of the waves in reverse.
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Tunable Metamaterials
August 23, 2012
New metamaterial's properties can be controlled with light.
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Negative Frequency Light
August 24, 2012
A form of light once believed to be a mathematical curiosity has been detected.
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Slime Mold Cancer Insight
August 24, 2012
Networks in slime molds illustrate cancer growth.
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Cooler, Cleaner Coal Emissions
August 27, 2012
Chilling the emissions from coal plants can reduce pollution.
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Evolving Fairness
August 30, 2012
A new model reveals the hidden complexity in the pursuit of human fair play.
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Higgs Boson History
August 31, 2012
Peter Higgs' historic idea turns 48.
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Capturing Carbon in Antarctica
August 31, 2012
Researchers propose novel methods to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.
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Confirming Time's Arrow
September 1, 2012
B meson experiments are consistent with the assumption that time flows in one direction.
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Simulating Spin-Orbit Coupling
September 3, 2012
Experiments using ultracold Fermi gases simulate the effects of spin-orbit coupling.
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Violating Heisenberg's Uncertainty
September 7, 2012
New experiments violate Heisenberg's original formulation of the uncertainty principle.
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Counting Photons with Frog Receptors
September 13, 2012
Photoreceptor cell from a frog's eye is an extremely sensitive detector that can count individual photons.
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Violating Heisenberg's Uncertainty
September 7, 2012
New experiments violate Heisenberg's original formulation of the uncertainty principle.
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Counting Photons with Frog Receptors
September 13, 2012
Photoreceptor cell from a frog's eye is an extremely sensitive detector that can count individual photons.
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Tsunami Wave Shapes
September 13, 2012
The shapes of interacting waves could explain why some tsunamis are so devastating.
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Tsunami Wave Shapes
September 13, 2012
The shapes of interacting waves could explain why some tsunamis are so devastating.
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Light isn't Dark Matter
September 15, 2012
If there's a massive particle related to the photon, it can't be the dark matter particle because its mass is too small.
Gray arrow Article:  New Scientist
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Light isn't Dark Matter
September 15, 2012
If there's a massive particle related to the photon, it can't be the dark matter particle because its mass is too small.
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Singing Black Holes
September 18, 2012
Dying tones of black holes reveal the cosmic crash that caused them to form.
Gray arrow Article:  Red Orbit
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Singing Black Holes
September 18, 2012
Dying tones of black holes reveal the cosmic crash that caused them to form.
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Fusion Advance
September 19, 2012
Technical advance brings breakeven fusion a step closer.
Gray arrow Article:  Wired
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Fusion Advance
September 19, 2012
Technical advance brings breakeven fusion a step closer.
Gray arrow Article:  Wired
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Imaging Electrons
October 2, 2012
Images reveal the elusive Landau levels of electrons in strong magnetic fields.
Gray arrow Article:  CBS News
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Dressed Qubits Live Longer
October 7, 2012
Nitrogen atoms embedded in diamond lead to robust quantum states that may aid in quantum computing.
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Nanoscopic Drug Delivery
October 11, 2012
Methods to assemble nanospheres into orderly shapes could lead to precise ways to administer medicines.
Gray arrow Article:  Capital Public Radio
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Supersolid No More
October 12, 2012
The researchers who thought they'd discovered supersolid materials now believe they were mistaken.
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Nanoweb Light Blocker
October 15, 2012
Web-like array absorbs 25 times more light than the same material spread out in a thin sheet.
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Testing Planck-scale Gravity
October 15, 2012
Lasers and the relativistic electrons from high-energy accelerators could test some quantum gravity theories.
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Supersonic Skydive Science
October 16, 2012
A look at the extreme conditions that accompany skydiving from the stratosphere.
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Cosmic Rays Illuminating Reactors
October 17, 2012
Physicists propose using cosmic rays to inspect the damaged reactors at Fukushima.
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Prospecting for Quasicrystals
October 19, 2012
Siberian journey nets a mineralogical space oddity.
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Free Lift from Broken Symmetry
October 22, 2012
Some creatures could experience lift, without expending their own energy, via broken symmetry.
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Blackout Paradox
October 23, 2012
Adding power lines can theoretically cause blackouts, according to Braess's paradox.
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Tractor Beam Built
October 24, 2012
New experiment proves that carefully tailored light beams can pull small objects.
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Dynamic Dark Energy
November 2, 2012
A new analysis provides hints that the cosmological constant may not be so constant after all.
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Nanoscale Energy Transfer
November 2, 2012
Getting a handle on how energy is transferred between nearby molecules could improve a host of light-based technologies.
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Faster-than-Light Light
November 6, 2012
Visible light travels infinitely fast--by one measure--in a newly developed nanometer-scale device.
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Improving Atomic Clocks
November 7, 2012
Highly charged ions would lead to reduced errors, and higher accuracy, in atomic clocks.
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Nuclear Pasta
November 14, 2012
Ultra-dense matter in supernova collapses can form a host of intricate shapes known as nuclear pasta.
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Underwater Avalanches
November 15, 2012
Lubricating fluids change how grains collapse in avalanches under water.
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Mosquitoes Grounded by Fog
November 19, 2012
Despite their ability to fly in the rain, mosquitoes fail miserably while trying to fly in heavy fog. /
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Penguin Flow
November 19, 2012
New model mimics how birds exposed to Antarctic winds flow toward the most sheltered positions in a waddle of penguins.
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Quatum Key for Online Security
November 20, 2012
New filtering technique allows quantum keys to be sent alongside data on a single fiber.
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Subatomic Arrow of Time
November 26, 2012
B meson decays show that the direction of time can be important even at subatomic scales.
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Fluid Beauty
November 26, 2012
Fluid dynamics image gallery reveals the artistry of flowing physics.
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Building with Fractals
November 27, 2012
Support structures built of fractal patterns are potentially both light and strong.
November 27, 2012
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Knuckleball Dynamics
November 28, 2012
Beads dropped in water help to explain a fluttering pitch.
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Thermoacoustic Breakthrough
November 28, 2012
New method could make microwave imaging safe for medical applications.
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Thermoacoustic Imaging Breakthrough
November 28, 2012
New method could make microwave imaging safe for medical applications.
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Early Universe Insight
November 29, 2012
Physicists strive to describe a pre-inflationary universe.
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Self-Bending Light
November 30, 2012
Shaped laser beam leads to curved light intensity.
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Ion Otto Engine
November 30, 2012
Proposed quantum engine mimics the heat cycle of a car motor.
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Virtual Phonons Get Real
December 3, 2012
Acoustical analog of Casimir effect pulls phonons from the sound void.
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Magnetic Energy Transmission
December 12, 2012
Substantial amounts of energy could be transmitted through air with materials that shape magnetic fields.
Gray arrow Article:  Physics World
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Meson Thermometer
December 13, 2012
Tracking mesons provides a new method to accurately measure the temperature of the quark-gluon plasma.
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Tackling Tiny Bubbles
December 17, 2012
High speed microscopy shows how tiny drops transform into tiny bubbles.
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Plasma Turbulence in Lab
December 18, 2012
Experiment recreates the plasma turbulence typical of the the sun and stars.
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Slice, Don't Dice
December 19, 2012
Study reveals the optimal way to make clean cuts in soft solids.
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Light in the Dark
December 27, 2012
Physicists may be on the brink of detecting dark matter.
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