APS in the News - 2016

Frost Free Penguins
January 5, 2016
Penguins don't ice up in even the coldest Antarctic conditions, potentially suggesting new ways to prevent icing on airplanes.
Article: Science News
Abstract: 2015 APS DFD meeting

Jamming Sheep
January 6, 2016
Experiments conducted with fast and slow moving herds of sheep confirm that rushing leads to jamming when crowds head for the exits.
Article: New Scientist
Abstract: Physical Review E

Electromagnetism and Spacetime
January 11, 2016
Fields produced with superconducting coils could affect light in much the same way that gravitational waves are expected to.
Article: International Business Times
Abstract: Physical Review D

Zwicker Takes Office in NJ
January 12, 2016
Physicist Andrew Zwicker has been sworn in as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Article: PolitickerNJ

Of Chopsticks and Earthquakes
January 28, 2016
Sounds emitted by breaking chopsticks follow rules that are remarkably similar to the laws that govern the magnitude and frequency of earthquakes.
Article: Gizmodo
Abstract: Physical Review Letter

Morphing Protons?
January 28, 2016
New experiment seeks to determine if the structure of protons can change inside the nucleus of an atom.
Article: Science Alert
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Speeding Reveals Cloaks
January 28, 2016
Even perfect invisibility cloaks will become visible when moving at speeds of thousand of meters per second.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review A

Packing Tennis Balls
January 29, 2016
128 tennis balls can be arranged into more combinations than there are particles in the universe.
Article: International Business Times
Abstract: Physical Review E

Efficient Single Photon Source
January 29, 2016
A novel source of single photons meets three important criteria for use in quantum-information systems.
Article: Physics World
Synopsis: Physics

To Collapse a Cube
February 18, 2016
How many holes need to be drilled to collapse a wooden cube?
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Carbon Cluster Storage
February 18, 2016
Honeycomb structure built of carbon atoms could store gases and liquids
Article: Science News
Focus: Physics

Mortal Universe
February 19, 2016
New analysis foretells the end of the universe.
Article: Yahoo News
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

5-D Black Holes
February 19, 2016
In five dimensions, black holes could prove troubling for General Relativity.
Article: Science Alert
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Entanglement on a Sphere
February 19, 2016
Physicists discover an easy way to measure entanglement—on a sphere.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Gecko Ears
February 21, 2016
Internal coupling in the ears of geckos improves amplification and location of sounds.
Article: Gizmodo
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Bubble Physics
February 24, 2016
A new model explains the effects of several factors, such as air velocity, on the process of blowing a soap bubble.
Article: Gizmodo
Focus: Physics

Dropping Drone Batteries
May 4, 2016
Gas-powered engines give drones longer ranges and more flight time.
Article: Motherboard
Article: APS News

Black Hole Swan Songs
May 5, 2016
Colliding black holes may sing a variety of gravitational songs.
Article: Space.com
Abstract: APS April Meeting 2016

Microscopic Chladni Figures
May 5, 2016
A thin vibrating plate can organize microscopic particles within a liquid into tiny, intricate patterns.
Article: Gizmodo
Viewpoint: Physics

Zombie Physics
May 5, 2016
Physics grad students spiced up their studies by mixing statistical physics with their love of zombies.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review E

Understanding Oobleck
May 9, 2016
Has the mystery behind a common non-Newtonian fluid been solved at last?
Article: Gizmodo
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Heat Engine Efficiency
May 10, 2016
Theorists propose novel heat engine that simultaneously maximizes power and efficiency.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Laser Driven Gamma Rays
May 11, 2016
Simulations show that blasting plastic with strong laser pulses could produce gamma rays with unprecedented intensity.
Article: Physics World
Focus: Physics

ET Odds
May 11, 2016
What are the odds that alien life exists elsewhere in the universe? - See more at:
Article: Space.com
Abstract: APS April Meeting 2016 Session

Fifth Force Found
May 25, 2016
Has a Hungarian lab found a fifth force of Nature?
Article: Scientific American
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Coherent Terahertz Radiation from Plasma
May 25, 2016
Firing a laser at specially designed targets has created bright pulses of coherent terahertz radiation.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Fifth Force Found
May 25, 2016
Has a Hungarian lab found a fifth force of Nature?
Article: Scientific American
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Kokabee Freed for Now
May 26, 2016
Physicist Omid Kokabee has been released from Iranian prison following treatment for kidney cancer.
Article: Physics World
Announcement: 2014 Sakharov Prize

Infinite Quantum Speed Limits
June 3, 2016
Information geometry shows that there are an infinite number of quantum speed limits.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review X

Butterfly Flight
June 3, 2016
Physicists discover the importance of body rotation during the flight of a butterfly.
Article: Houston Chronicle
Abstract: Physical Review E

Lithium Puzzle Clue
June 3, 2016
The apparent lack of lithium in the Universe could be explained by hypothetical lightweight and electrically neutral particles.
Article: Physics World
Synopsis: Physics

Black Hole Hair
June 6, 2016
A black hole may carry “soft hair,” low-energy quantum excitations that release information when the black hole evaporates.
Article: New York Times
Viewpoint: Physics

LISA Pathfinder Success
June 7, 2016
First results from the LISA Pathfinder mission meet the requirements needed for space-based gravitational-wave detection.
Article: Washington Post
Viewpoint: Physics

Second Black Hole Merger Detection
June 15, 2016
LIGO has detected a second burst of gravitational waves from merging black holes.
Article: National Public Radio
Focus: Physics

Data Storage Advance
June 16, 2016
Ultrahigh density data storage could get faster and easier to produce.
Article: IEEE Spectrum
Abstract: Physical Review Applied

Photo Bomb Discovery
June 20, 2016
Two thousand miles away from the U.S. A-bomb tests in 1945, something weird was happening to Kodak's film.
Article: Popular Mechanics
Abstract: Physical Review

Universe Expansion Modeled
June 24, 2016
Fully relativistic models help explain the effects of inhomogeneous matter distribution on the evolution of the Universe.
Article: Scientific American
Synopsis: Physics

Dark Hydrogen in Gas Giants?
June 27, 2016
Laboratory research suggests that an unexpected layer of semimetallic, optically dark hydrogen lurks inside worlds like Jupiter and Saturn.
Article: Scientific American
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Time Travel Goes Pear Shaped
June 27, 2016
Pear shaped nuclei could explain why time has a direction.
Article: International Business Times
Synopsis: Physics

Climate Change Doubters Criticized
June 28, 2016
Top science groups tell climate change doubters in Congress to knock it off.
Article: Washington Post
Statement: APS Climate Change

Space-time Damping Difficulty
June 29, 2016
Probing the event horizon of a black hole is not easy.
Article: Ars Technica
Synopsis: Physics

Black Hole Super Kicks
July 1, 2016
Gravitational waves released from black hole “super kicks” may soon be detectable.
Article: The Register
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Fifth Force Fracas
July 5, 2016
How seriously should we consider proposals of the discovery of a fifth fundamental force?
Article: Live Science
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Bouncing Cosmos
July 11, 2016
A new “big bounce” model shows how the universe could shrink to a point and grow again, using just the cosmic ingredients we know about now.
Article: New Scientist
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Long Distance Quantum Mechanics
July 19, 2016
Neutrinos travelling across hundreds of miles in the real world still follow quantum laws.
Article: Science Alert
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Scalable Quantum Simulator
July 20, 2016
Physicists have successfully created the first scalable quantum simulation of a molecule.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review X

Dark Energy Prevails
July 19, 2016
New study makes it much harder to explain away dark energy.
Article: Science Now
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Spin Wave Optics
July 21, 2016
Experiment shows that the reflection and refraction of spin waves at an interface follow a Snell’s-like law.
Article: Physics World
Synopsis: Physics

Watching Crystals Morph
July 25, 2016
Physicists have found a way to film crystal structures morphing in real time.
Article: UPI
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Primordial Black Holes
July 28, 2016
New analysis proposes that LIGO’s latest signal may have revealed a collision of primordial black holes.
Article: Daily Mail
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Quantum Conundrum
August 2, 2016
Some types of quantum entanglement cannot be both monogamous and faithful.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Blood Spatter Ballistics
August 3, 2016
New theory accurately predicts the speed, sizes, and trajectories of blood drops resulting from gunshot wounds.
Article: Gizmodo
Synopsis: Physics

Law Prompts DAMOP Meeting Move
August 4, 2016
DAMOP canceled its 2018 conference that was scheduled for Charlotte because of North Carolina’s discriminatory House Bill 2.
Article: The Charlotte Observer
APS Announcement

1D Magnetic Chain
August 4, 2016
Physicists have created a one-dimensional magnetic atom chain of manganese, iron, cobalt and nickel linked together with oxygen.
Article: IEEE Spectrum
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Sterile Neutrinos Nixed
August 8, 2016
A search for sterile neutrinos with the IceCube detector has found no evidence for the hypothetical particles.
Article: News at Nature
Viewpoint: Physics

Metallic Hydrogen Quest
August 10, 2016
Physicists are on the verge of turning hydrogen into a metal.
Article: Science News
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Neutrinos and the Matter/Antimatter Asymmetry
August 12, 2016
Neutrino oscillations may help explain why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe.
Article: Nature News
Focus: Physics

Artificial Intelligence from Simple Physics
August 16, 2016
Dynamical systems that maximize their future possibilities behave in surprisingly “intelligent” ways.
Article: Gizmodo
Focus: Physics

Stable Clocks from Entanglement
August 19, 2016
A method for entangling hundreds of atoms, and then entangling a dozen or so groups of these atoms, leads to a proposal for a highly stable quantum network of atomic clocks.
­Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review E

Pentaquarks Confirmed
August 19, 2016
Two new have confirmed, with extremely high statistical significance, the discovery of 5-quark groupings.
Article: International Business Times
Synopsis: Physics

Braiding Light
August 22, 2016
Physicists have proposed a way to braid three beams of light by guiding the beams along swirling, vortex-shaped defects in an optical medium.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Coffee Ring Mystery Continues
August 22, 2016
We still have a lot to learn about the “coffee ring effect” that happens when a single liquid drop evaporates and leaves behind a ring of previously dissolved solids.
Article: Gizmodo
Abstract: Physical Review E

Slow Motion Sneeze
August 24, 2016
The physics of sneezes is revealed through ultra slow motion filming.
Article: NPR
Meeting: 2015 Division of Fluid Dynamics

Bacteria-Sized Atom
August 25, 2016
Enormous two-atom molecules about the size of ordinary bacteria have been made of cesium.
Article: Physics World
Focus: Physics

Parallel Worlds Pondered
August 25, 2016
Should physicists seriously consider the many interacting parallel worlds exist?
Article: LiveScience
Abstract: Physical Review X

Imprisoned Physicist Released
August 29, 2016
Omid Kokabee, who became seriously ill while serving time in Iran on controversial treason charges, will now be allowed to leave the country.
Article: News at Nature
Prize: 2014 APS Sakharov

Nonlinear Optical Quantum Computing
August 29, 2016
The debate about whether a certain interaction between photons can be used in quantum computing has taken a new twist.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

The Cat that Published in PRL
August 30, 2016
A PRL from 1975 included a cat as coauthor.
Article: Atlas Obscura
Abstract: Physical Review Letters
Announcement: APS Journals

Pushing the Diffraction Limit
September 2, 2016
New optical techniques might increase the resolving power of microscopes and telescopes by several orders of magnitude.
Article: Physics World
Viewpoint: Physics

Quantum Enigma Machine
September 7, 2016
A team of researchers have taken a step toward realizing an unbreakable encrypted message can be sent with a key that’s far shorter than the message.
Article: International Business Times
Abstract: Physical Review A

Lost in Spacetime
September 7, 2016
The cosmic microwave background shows that the universe is the same no matter which way you look: There is no spin axis or any other special direction in space.
Article: Science Now
Synopsis: Physics

Problem-Solving Particle
September 8, 2016
A new scalar boson which couples to the muon and proton can simultaneously solve the proton radius puzzle and the muon anomalous magnetic moment discrepancy.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Time Crystals Might be Real
September 9, 2016
Time crystals might be more than just a theoretical and mathematical curiosity.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Extremely Squeezed Light
September 12, 2016
Quantum state of light squeezed more than ever before could increase the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors.
Article: Physics World
Synopsis: Physics

X-ray Ghost Images
September 15, 2016
"Ghost imaging" generates images by analyzing correlations between two light beams, the more powerful of which doesn't bounce off the object in question. The technique has now been extended to the X-ray region.
Article: Physics World
Viewpoint: Physics

Supermaterials Aid Dark Matter Search
September 19, 2016
Catching superlight dark matter may require exotic supermaterials.
Article: Motherboard
Synopsis: Physics

Nuclei Near Quantum Phase Transition
September 21, 2016
Physicists have discovered that certain nuclei exist close to a quantum phase transition, which dictates whether a nucleus resembles a loose collection of alpha particles or looks more like a single tightly bound object.
Article: Physics World
Viewpoint: Physics

Converting Qubits
September 22, 2016
A new chip can convert visible light into infrared and back again, while preserving the quantum state of the original photons.
Article: Physics World
Focus: Physics

Molecular Movies
September 23, 2016
Physicists have exploited quantum weirdness to make highly detailed movies of the inner machinery of simple iodine molecules.
Article: Gizmodo
Viewpoint: Physics

Simulating Brain Strain
September 28, 2016
Simple models of soft solids can be used to accurately assess the damage that may be caused by an invasive brain operation known as a craniectomy.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Dark Matter Challenged
September 29, 2016
A new study shows that if we look at individual galaxies in great detail, the dark matter explanation might not hold up well at all.
Article: Forbes
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

How Veins Grow
October 3, 2016
New research suggests that vascular systems are among a variety of anatomical features governed by rules and ratios consistent throughout the animal kingdom.
Article: UPI
Synopsis: Physics

Soliton Solution
October 4, 2016
A new mathematical aproach describes solitons using much simpler mathematics than previous efforts.
Article: UPI
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Quantum Sensor Breakthrough
October 5, 2016
Novel high-precision sensor can measure gravitational and magnetic fields at the same time.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Otter Pelt Physics
October 6, 2016
A new synthetic material replicates the insulating effects of beavers and otters, whose fur traps air pockets to shield against icy water.
Article: Christian Science Monitor
Abstract: Physical Review Fluids

The Hunt for Dark Matter
October 13, 2016
After decades of experiments have failed to find evidence for physicists’ favored dark matter candidate particles, scientists plan searches for alternatives.
Article: Scientific American
Synopsis: Physics

Everlasting Quantum Coherence
October 14, 2016
Physicists have implemented the first experimental demonstration of quantum coherence that can potentially last indefinitely.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Quantum Artificial Intelligence
October 17, 2016
Quantum effects could offer advantages for the emerging field of quantum machine learning (a subfield of artificial intelligence), leading to more intelligent machines that learn quickly and efficiently by interacting with their environments.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Consciousness and Entropy
October 18, 2016
Consciousness appears to arise naturally as a result of a brain maximizing its information content.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review E

Obscurantism in Physics
October 24, 2016
What are physicists hiding behind murky language?
Article: Quartz
Abstract: Physical Review Letters
Post: Physics Central

Record-Breaking FEL
October 26, 2016
New free-electron laser design converts the energy of an electron beam into a pulse of coherent light with an efficiency of 30 percent – much higher than the 10 percent efficiency of most free-electron lasers.
Article: Physics World
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Dark Matter Redeemed, Again
October 26, 2016
Physicists beat yet another challenge to dark matter's existence.
Article: Forbes
Viewpoint: Physics

Controlled Splash
October 29, 2016
A drop’s splash can be reduced and even eliminated by varying the softness of the surface that it hits.
Article: Motherboard
Synopsis: Physics

Heat Shrinks Nanostructure
October 29, 2016
Combining two heat-expanding materials results in a heat-contracting composite metamaterial.
Article: Physics World
Focus: Physics

Sun Weakens Earth’s Magnetic Field
October 31, 2016
A new study suggests that a coronal mass ejection in 2015 temporarily weakened Earth’s protective magnetic field, allowing solar plasma and radiation from the same storm to more easily reach the atmosphere.
Article: Science Now
Synopsis: Physics

Parking Garages in Stars and Cells
November 2, 2016
Neutron stars and human cells both contain similar structures resembling multi-storey parking garages.
Article: International Business Times
Synopsis: Physics

Solving a Pool Toy Mystery
November 3, 2016
Push a floating ball a small way underwater and it will pop up in the air when released. But if you push it extra deep to get extra height in the air, it barely breaks the surface. Now physicists know why.
Article: Ottawa Citizen
Abstract: Physcial Review Fluids

Muon Overload
November 3, 2016
The Pierre Auger Observatory has detected more muons from cosmic-ray showers than predicted by the most up-to-date particle-physics models.
Article: Physics World
Viewpoint: Physics

Quantum Statistics
November 9, 2016
Statistics describing the trigger of a financial crisis or a misfolded protein step have now been applied to a quantum problem.
Article: PhysOrg
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Tetraneutrons Modeled
November 9, 2016
Physicists have modeled the existence of newly discovered tetraneutrons.
Article: Futurism
Abstract: Physical Review Letters

Record Setting Spintronics
November 14, 2016
New nano-scale junctions can carry record-high spin-polarized supercurrents over hundreds nanometers.
Article: UPI
Abstract: Physical Review X