APS in the News - 2013

Leaf Size Limits
January 4, 2013
Vascular networks limit leaf size range in tall trees.
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Magnetic Shell Game
January 4, 2013
Cylindrical shells offer a way to concentrate magnetic field energy.
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Marking Time with Strontium
January 6, 2013
Optical strontium clock is a leading candidate for new time standards.
Gray arrow Article:  Laser Focus World
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Surprising Repulsion
January 8, 2013
Under some circumstances, charges may be repelled by metal surfaces.
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Universe's Magnetic Origins
January 10, 2013
Scientists suggest a mechanism that could be the source of the magnetization of interstellar space.
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Squid-Like BEC
January 18, 2013
Physicists create SQUID-like Bose–Einstein condensate.
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Smashing Dark Matter Walls
January 19, 2012
Physicists propose that the Earth is periodically crashing through huge walls of dark matter.
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Quantum Teleportation
January 21, 2012
Proposed scheme would make teleportation more practical and efficient.
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Heat Flow Control
January 26, 2013
Proposed method to control heat flow could lead to thermal equivalents of electronic diodes.
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Dark Energy Solution
January 28, 2013
Proposed fifth-force field offers a theoretical basis for the accelerating expansion of the universe.
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Neutron Star Forensics
January 31, 2013
Measurements of heavy form of zinc help model the crust of dead stars.
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Bench-Top Neutron Source
February 1, 2013
Compact laser-driven neutron source ready for the lab.
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Persistent Nanobubbles
February 4, 2013
Why do tiny bubbles survive longer than expected on surfaces?
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Novel Photon Storage
February 9, 2013
Rydberg polaritons offer a new way to hold and manipulate photons.
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Super Hearing
February 9, 2013
Human hearing analyzes sound significantly better than predicted by conventional theory.
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Image Thermodynamics
February 13, 2013
The structure of many visual images resemble thermodynamical systems near critical points.
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Mosh Pit Dynamics
February 13, 2013
Applying flocking models to crowd movement at heavy metal concerts.
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Star-Shaped Waves

February 22, 2013
Stunning patterns form in nonlinear fluid motions.
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Measuring the Universe with Black Holes
February 24, 2013
Black hole bursts indicate distances between celestial objects.
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Better Bearing Balance
February 25, 2013
Physicists find a simple solution for reducing bearing friction.
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Fundamental Physics Test
February 27, 2013
Free fall atom interferometry tests fundamental quantum physics.
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Detecting Dimers
March 4, 2013
Newly detected pairs of gaseous water molecules could be critical to climate change.
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Stretchy Blood Plasma
March 4, 2013
Plasma flows like a liquid but has the consistency of ketchup on a small scale.
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Oscillating D-Mesons
March 4, 2013
LHC team observes D-mesons oscillating between matter and antimatter.
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Maxwell's Dotty Demon
March 7, 2013
Quantum dot demon offers new insight into the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
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Quantum Measurement Undone
March 17, 2013
Researchers restore the quantum state after initial measurement wipes it out.
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Phonon Laser
March 19, 2013
Medical imaging and precise measurements are among applications of new phonon laser.
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Twitter Language Maps
March 20, 2013
An analysis of tweets reveals clusters of non-English speakers in cities.
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Mosh Math
March 22, 2013
Physicists analyze rowdy crowds.
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March Meeting Highlights
March 25, 2013
Fire ant construction techniques, sounds of thirsty trees, and nanocrystal locomotion at APS March Meeting.
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Mapping Methane Leaks
March 26, 2013
Methane leaks in Washington, DC produce natural gas concentrations up to 50 times normal levels.
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Split Personality Water Challenged
March 26, 2013
Research casts doubt on possibility that liquid water can take on two different forms simultaneously.
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Higgs Bosons in Superconductors
March 26, 2013
Analogue of the Higgs boson found in a superconducting system.
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Modeling a Minimal Black Hole
March 26, 2013
Gravity-less toy black hole may solve cosmic puzzles.
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3-D Sound Cloak
March 29, 2013
A simple plastic shell has cloaked a three-dimensional object from sound waves for the first time.
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Dark Matter Hints
April 3, 2013
A slight excess in positrons found in an International Space Station experiment may be due to dark matter annihilations.
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Future Particle Physics
April 16, 2013
Particle accelerators to focus on the quest for new particle species and for signs of physics beyond the Standard Model.
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US Needs More Physics Facilities
April 16, 2013
Panel of physicists argues that the United States should commit to funding big science to remain competitive.
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Bohr's Love Letters
April 17, 2013
Letters between Bohr and his then-fiancee Margrethe Norlund reveal a rocky settling-in period in England.
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Dark Matter Detection?
April 17, 2013
An underground detector may have observed three dark matter particles.
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Shattering Oobleck
April 18, 2013
Non-Newtonain fluid cracks like glass.
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Turbulence and Turbines
April 19, 2013
Wind turbulence may have a greater impact on power output than previously thought.
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Particle-free Communication
April 22, 2013
Quantum proposal could lead to communication without exchanging physical particles or photons.
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Behavioral Physics
April 22, 2013
Physicists describe intelligence as a fundamentally thermodynamic process.
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Quantum Weirdness Scale
April 25, 2013
Quantifying the divide between the classical and quantum realms.
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Molecular Trapping Inventor Honored
May 2, 2013
Author of PRL paper on molecular traps inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame .
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Atomic Gravitational Wave Detector
May 2, 2013
Atom interferometers could serve as ultra-sensitive gravitational wave detectors.
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Black Hole Relativity Test
May 3, 2013
Rings around the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy, if they exist, could reveal the limits of relativity.
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Screaming Trees
May 3, 2013
Listening to the sounds thirsty trees make.
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Speedy Wakes
May 9, 2013
A new correction to the theory of boat wakes is controversial.
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Thermal Cloaking
May 10, 2013
A new thermal invisibility cloak hides objects from heat.
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Chaotic Communication
May 13, 2013
Wireless communication can be improved with chaotic signals.
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Polariton Laser
May 15, 2013
Laser-like device could be much more energy efficient than conventional lasers.
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Subwavelength Light Control
May 30, 2013
"Meta-transmitarray" provides a new technique for controlling light at deeply subwavelength scales.
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Acoustically Invisible Walls
May 31, 2013
A rigid wall can be made into an almost perfect transmitter by perforating it with tiny holes covered by a thin membrane.
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Gas Clouds to Expose Black Holes
June 3, 2013
Researchers suggest gas cloud could reveal black holes near center of Milky Way galaxy.
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Black Holes' Soft Centers
June 4, 2013
The cores of black holes may not hold points of infinite density as currently thought.
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Bubble Trouble in Metallic Glass
June 6, 2013
Microscopic bubbles in metallic glass can signal serious structural trouble.
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Cutting Edge Optics
June 7, 2013
Smartphone cancer detection, a telecom-based time cloak and UV-LEDs that slow food rot to be featured at joint OSA, IEEE and APS optics eeting.
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Dark Atoms
June 11, 2013
Dark matter could be composed of invisible and nearly intangible counterparts of atoms, protons and electrons.
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Single Photon Switch
June 12, 2013
It takes only one photon to flip a switch made of chilled cesium atoms suspended between two mirrors.
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Quantum Calculation
June 12, 2013
A quantum computer can now solve sets of simple linear equations.
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4-Quark Particle?
June 17, 2013
Two experiments have detected the signature of a new particle, which may combine quarks in a way not seen before.
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Nucleus-Neutrino Interactions
June 24, 2013
First results from MINERvA shed light on subtle nuclear behavior.
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Table-Top Accelerator
June 25, 2013
New compact accelerator produces positrons at energies rivaling much
larger machines.
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Lopsided Cosmos Questions
June 25, 2013
Physicists debate the origin of asymmetrical maps of the cosmos.
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Quantum Resolution Enhancement
June 26, 2013
Quantum statistics can increase the resolution of molecular images.
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Missing 'Partial' Neutrinos Found?
June 27, 2013
Goldstone bosons could be masquerading as fractional cosmic neutrinos.
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Van der Waals Force Measured
July 4, 2013
Researchers use optical tweezers to measure vdW force between two atoms for the first time.
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Xenon in Extreme Conditions
July 5, 2013
Xenon forms compounds in extreme conditions, possibly bringing scientists closer to solving "missing xenon paradox."
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White Dwarf Tests Fine Structure Constant
July 5, 2013
Measurements show fine structure constant not affected by high gravity of white-dwarf star.
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Thermodynamics of Quantum Systems
July 8, 2013
Proposed schemes could make thermodynamic calculations for quantum systems much easier.
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Laser-cooled BEC
July 8, 2013
The first Bose-Einstein condensate to be cooled using just lasers has
been created.
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Journal Access for the Blind
July 9, 2013
APS is among groups committed to increasing availability of scientific
texts in accessible formats.
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Gamma Rays & Lightning
July 10, 2013
Researchers report on observation and possible correlation of gamma-ray pulses and lightning.
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E-Microscopy Near Limits
July 10, 2013
Latest electron microscopes are approaching their highest theoretical
resolution.
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Fossilized Supernova Dust
July 14, 2013
Evidence for an ancient supernova may recorded in fossil bacteria.
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Custom Frequency Combs
July 15, 2013
Frequency combs for precision measurement can now be rapidly and easily customized.
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Chattering Gazelles
July 18, 2013
A new model offers insight into communication among Mongolian Gazelles.
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Intergalactic Travel Agency
July 19, 2013
Fantasy travel agency excites interest in astrophysics.
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Attractive Radiation
July 19, 2013
Black-body radiation can give rise to a net attractive force between
tiny objects.
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Cyclotron Revival?
July 24, 2013
Physicists hope to rejuvenate a classic technology to support key
neutrino experiments.
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Photon Lifetime Lower Limit
July 24, 2013
The Cosmic Microwave Background puts a 10^18 year lower limit on the
decay of photons.
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Stopped Light Record Set
July 25, 2013
Light has been stopped for over a minute, setting a new record for the feat.
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Dark Matter Mass Calculation
July 29, 2013
A new method promises model-independent WIMP mass calculations.
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Zeptosecond X-ray Pulse
July 29, 2013
Gray arrow Proposed technique could produce ultra brief x-ray flashes.
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Relativity Test
July 30, 2013
Ultra-precise measurements find no flaws in Relativity and confirm the
speed of light as the ultimate speed limit.
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Quantum Dot Photoelectron Trap
July 31, 2013
Novel photoelectron trap could be a key component for quantum communications
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Mathematics of Language
August 6, 2013
Ignoring synonyms makes learning a new language easier.
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Climate Change Cause Reiterated
August 6, 2013
Scientists pin climate change squarely on humanity.
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Ferromagnetic Kondo Effect Studied
August 8, 2013
New theory points the way to detecting an elusive quantum effect.
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Dancing Droplets Imaged
August 8, 2013
High speed images of moving drops could lead to improved inkjet printing and other microfluidics applications.
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Colliding Grains Amp Up Storms
August 9, 2013
Collisions among grains tend to cause the power of sand storms to increase.
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Higgs Pioneer Reminisces
August 10, 2013
Tom Kibble isn't one to celebrate his own achievements.
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Novel Solid
August 12, 2013
Q-glass is a solid that appears to be like no other.
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Early Universe Glimpsed
August 14, 2013
Planck and WMAP9 probes put new constraints on the expansion of the
early universe.
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Higgs and Dark Energy
August 14, 2013
Is there a link between the Higgs boson and dark energy?
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Exotic Nuclide Masses Measured
August 15, 2013
Masses of 33 rare, exotic neutron-heavy nuclides have been precisely measured.
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Controlling Complex Systems
August 16, 2013
Proposed scheme offers optimal control of complex systems.
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Dark Matter Disks
August 18, 2013
Proposed strongly-interacting dark matter could form disks permeating galaxies.
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Zombie Vortices Beget Stars
August 21, 2013
Evidence of final push in star birth discovered.
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Metamaterial Electronics
August 22, 2013
Metatronics could use light to outpace electronic circuits.
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Ruling out Time Crystals
August 22, 2013
One physicist claims to have found a fatal flaw in the theory of recently proposed quantum time crystals.
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Quark Asymmetries and New Physics
August 26, 2013
On its own, the Standard Model can't explain some top quark observations.
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Traces of Element 115 Seen
August 27, 2013
A new superheavy element may soon be added to the periodic table.
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Unread but Understood
August 27, 2013
Quantum measurement carries information even when the measurement outcome is unread.
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Lighting Warnings
August 30, 2013
Thunderstorm halos could warn of impending lightning strikes.
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Cosmic Ray Origins
September 2, 2013
Physicists have found new details about the cosmic rays, which can help determine their origins.
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Defending Time Crystals
September 5, 2013
Frank Wilczek's proposal for time crystals has been challenged, but he's doubled down.
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Bigger Big G
September 5, 2013
A repeated experiment finds the gravitational constant is larger than previously measured.
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Corrective Cosmic Map
September 9, 2013
A new map of universe may reconcile conflicting cosmological observations.
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Faster LCD Switches
September 9, 2013
Researchers have discovered a way to switch liquid crystals off faster.
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Curved Cosmos
September 12, 2013
Asymmetry in the cosmic microwave background might be explained if the universe is slightly curved just beyond the cosmic horizon.
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How Strong is the Weak Force?
September 16, 2013
An international collaboration has made the first determination of the proton’s weak charge.
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Toward Unbreakable Cryptography
September 21, 2013
Long distance optical frequency transfer may provide a way of sending unbreakable secret messages.
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Spin-Liquid Probed
September 24, 2013
Physicists seek the origins of unusual magnetic behavior in the mineral herbertsmithite
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Hot Energy Storage
September 24, 2013
Novel system could store renewable energy in heat reservoirs.
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Atomic-scale Friction Insight
September 24, 2013
New research focuses on the atomic origins of friction.
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Nanoscale MRI
September 27, 2013
Physicists demonstrate MRI with 10 nanometer resolution.
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Accelerator on a Chip
September 30, 2013
Light pulses accelerate electrons in a device only millimeters across.
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Black Hole Theorem Challenged
October 1, 2013
The black hole "no hair" theorem may not be consistent with recent extensions of General Relativity.
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University Physics Threatened
October 3, 2013
An increasing number of universities are eliminating low-enrollment physics programs.
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Volcanic Ash Lighting
October 4, 2013
Physicists probe the causes of lightning strikes in volcanic ash.
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Irreversible Entanglement
October 7, 2013
Entanglement concentration isn't reversible after all.
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Higgsogenesis
October 7, 2013
The Higgs boson may explain the relative proportions of visible and dark matter in the Universe.
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Nobel Prize Rule of Three
October 9, 2013
Why only two of the six people who developed the theory of the Higgs Mechanism won the 2013 Nobel Prize.
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Manipulating Dressed Qubits
October 14, 2013
A simple scheme allows the manipulation of qubits shielded in electromagnetic fields.
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Animal Adhesion
October 16, 2013
Mushroom-shaped structures help creatures from bacteria to geckos stick to surfaces.
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Universal Elimination Law
October 17, 2013
Mammals at all scales take approximately the same time to empty their bladders.
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Physics Naming Conventions
October 18, 2013
Peter Higgs would prefer the boson that bears his name be called ABEGHHK.
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Future Physics Stars
October 18, 2013
APS award winners are among newspaper picks for young physicists with promise.
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Predicting Market Bubbles
October 20, 2013
Chaos researchers predict financial market bubbles.
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Levitating Droplets
October 22, 2013
Droplets levitated with ultrasound form intriguing, dancing shapes.
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Bouncing Universe
October 23, 2013
Our universe could have been born with a bounce rather than a bang.
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Black Hole Paradox
October 24, 2013
New theoretical work rekindles the question on whether black holes have interiors.
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Brownian Boomerangs
October 24, 2013
Tiny, boomerang-shaped particles diffuse asymmetrically.
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Thermal Color Reversal
October 25, 2013
Vanadium oxide looks like it's cooling when it's heating up.
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Catching Hofstadter's Butterfly
October 28, 2013
An elusive fractal butterfly could soon be spotted in lattices of ultracold atoms.
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Preventing Extreme Events
October 29, 2013
Physicists discover how to predict and prevent extreme events in chaotic circuits.
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Missing WIMPs
October 30, 2013
New experiments cast doubt on earlier detections of potential dark matter candidates.
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Justifying NSF Awards
November 5, 2013
Proposed bill would require NSF to justify awards based on economic competitiveness and national defense.
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Splashback Dynamics
November 6, 2013
New analysis finds causes and solutions in study of splatter associated with fluid streams striking surfaces.
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Cloaking Catch-22
November 6, 2013
For most cloaking schemes, being invisible at one color makes you brighter at others.
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Physics Gender Gap
November 6, 2013
The reasons so few women choose physics careers remain unclear.
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Black Hole Twin Birth
November 7, 2013
Massive collapsing stars may form black hole binaries that coalesce into a single body.
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Relativity Ensures Quantum Secrecy
November 8, 2013
Special relativity rescues a flawed quantum communication scheme.
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Active Cloaking
November 11, 2013
Invisibility cloaks that rely on active electronics may overcome hurdles that stymie passive designs.
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Quantum Collapse Undone
November 11, 2013
Physicists recover the state of a qubit that has been partially collapsed due to a weak measurement.
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Traffic Jam Solution
November 12, 2013
Autonomous vehicles that communicate with traffic in front and behind could reduce jams and accidents.
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Remote Control Plasma
November 13, 2013
A plasma lab has developed an experiment that students can run and observe over the web.
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Scanning a Fusion Container
November 14, 2013
Ion beam probe monitors materials in plasma fusion container walls.
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Light Enhanced Conductivity
November 15, 2013
Strontium titanate becomes 400 times more conductive when exposed to light.
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Stingray Locomotion
November 15, 2013
Studying the way stingrays move could improve submarine design.
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Penguin Propulsion
November 17, 2013
Robot mimics the motions that penguins use to propel themselves under water.
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Traffic Jams Fracture Cities
November 20, 2013
New model suggests traffic congestion may explain why cities develop multiple activity centers.
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Disguising Curved Surfaces
November 21, 2013
Cloaking method could make uneven surfaces appear flat.
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Deep Space Neutrinos
November 21, 2013
South Pole neutrino detector finds particles from the fringes of the Milky Way or beyond.
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Beer Foaming Explained
November 25, 2013
Cavitation causes beer in a tapped bottle to foam.
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Flying Jellyfish Robot
November 25, 2013
Novel flying machine mimics jellyfish swimming.
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Non-Newtonian Fire Ant Rafts
November 26, 2013
Fire ants cling together to form floating rafts with complex mechanical properties.
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Mushroom Microclimate
November 26, 2013
Mushrooms use evaporation to create their own wind for distributing spores.
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Radiation Belts Accelerate Electrons
December 1, 2013
Electric fields in the Earth's radiation belts may be a source of relativistic electrons.
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Entanglement and Wormholes
December 3, 2013
If they exist, wormholes might actually be pairs of quantum mechanically entangled black holes.
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Thin Tin Electronics
December 4, 2013
Layers of tin one atom thick could mimic the properties of a room-temperature superconductor, leading to faster, more efficient microchips.
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Are Earthquakes Like Wildfires?
December 6, 2013
A simple model of forest fires could help explain the distribution of earthquakes and their aftershocks.
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Neutron Lifetime Discrepancy
December 4, 2013
New study widens the rift between neutron lifetime measurements.
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Paint Mystery Solved
December 3, 2013
Physicists find mechanism behind darkening of red vermillion pigment in ancient paintings.
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Mining Black Holes
December 6, 2013
Material strength limits make mining black holes for Hawking radiation more difficult than previously thought.
Gray arrow Article: New Scientist
Gray arrow Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Black Hole Dark Matter Limits
December 8, 2013
Physicists put new limits on the possibility of black holes as dark matter candidates.
Gray arrow Article: Huffington Post
Gray arrow Synopsis: Physics

Possible Dark Matter Detection
December 11, 2013
A relatively simple circuit may have detected the passage of a dark matter particle back in 2004.
Gray arrow Article: Huffington Post
Gray arrow Synopsis: Physics

Top Physics Stories of 2013
December 13, 2013
Physics World picks the biggest physics breakthroughs of the year.
Gray arrow Article: Physics World
Gray arrow Synopsis: Physics
Gray arrow Viewpoint: Physics
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Gray arrow Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Quantum Heat Engine
December 18, 2013
In theory, a heat engine can generate work using purely quantum mechanical information.
Gray arrow Article: PhysOrg
Gray arrow Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Israeli Science Boycott Wanes
December 20, 2013
Few scientific societies back boycotting scientific collaborations in Israel for political ends.
Gray arrow Article: Inside Higher Ed
Gray arrow Statement: APS CIFS statement

Liquid Crystal Insect Eyes
December 27, 2013
Liquid crystal structures resembling insect eyes may lead to innovative lenses.
Gray arrow Article: Discovery News
Gray arrow Synopsis: Physics

Longer Lasting RAM
December 31, 2013
Novel nanoscopic design could extend computer memory lifetime to 20 years or more.
Gray arrow Article: Economic Times
Gray arrow Abstract: Physical Review Letters