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How rivers creep, flow to shape landscapes over time

Rivers drive the evolution of Earth's surface by eroding and depositing sediment But for nearly a century geologists have puzzled over why theoretical models which use principles of physics to predict patterns of sediment transport ... - Read More

Mystery of the reverse-wired eyeball solved

From a practical standpoint the wiring of the human eye a product of our evolutionary baggage doesn't make a lot of sense In vertebrates photoreceptors are located behind the neurons in the back of the ... - Read More

Physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe

Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally but stars and planets are made of particles or matter and not antiparticles or antimatter That asymmetry which favors matter to a very small ... - Read More

Simulating superconducting materials with ultracold atoms

Using ultracold atoms as a stand in for electrons a Rice University based team of physicists has simulated superconducting materials and made headway on a problem that's vexed physicists for nearly three decades The research ... - Read More

New technique for making graphene competitor, molybdenum disulfide

Graphene a single atom thick lattice of carbon atoms is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness But graphene is not the only ... - Read More

On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

New research from UCL and the Universities of Gdansk Singapore and Delft has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics one of the most fundamental laws of nature ... - Read More

Explaining 30-year-old 'hidden order' physics mystery

A new explanation for a type of order or symmetry in an exotic material made with uranium may lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging ... - Read More

Gold nanotubes launch a three-pronged attack on cancer cells

Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer internal nanoprobes for high resolution imaging drug delivery vehicles and agents for destroying cancer cells The study published today in the journal Advanced ... - Read More

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel, petroleum processing

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products The discovery ... - Read More

Atom-thick CCD could capture images

An atomically thin material developed at Rice University may lead to the thinnest ever imaging platform Synthetic two dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices according to Rice ... - Read More

Basic rules for construction with a type of origami

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane but the principles behind the paper folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood ... - Read More

More Hispanics earning bachelor’s degrees in physical sciences and engineering

A new report from the American Institute of Physics AIP Statistical Research Center has found that the number of Hispanic students receiving bachelor's degrees in the physical sciences and engineering has increased over the last ... - Read More

World’s fastest 2-D camera, 100 billion frames per second, may enable new scientific discoveries

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St Louis led by Lihong Wang PhD the Gene K Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering has developed the world's fastest receive only 2 D camera ... - Read More

Physicists bind single-atom sheets with the same force geckos use to climb walls

Physicists at the University of Kansas have fabricated an innovative substance from two different atomic sheets that interlock much like Lego toy bricks The researchers said the new material made of a layer of graphene ... - Read More

'Cyberwar' against cancer gets a boost from intelligent nanocarriers

Two years ago Prof Eshel Ben Jacob of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy and Rice University's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics made the startling discovery that cancer like an enemy hacker in ... - Read More

Smallest world record has ‘endless possibilities’ for bio-nanotechnology

Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio nanotechnology a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science technology and medicine The new study published in print ... - Read More

Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

Heat drives classical phase transitions think solid liquid and gas but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable where quantum mechanics reigns subtle fluctuations ... - Read More

Quantum leap in lasers brightens future for quantum computing

Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light The laser may play a crucial role in the development of quantum ... - Read More

Nature of solids and liquids explored through new pitch drop experiment

Physicists at Queen Mary University of London have set up a new pitch drop experiment for students to explore the difference between solid and liquids Known as the 'world's longest experiment' the set up at ... - Read More

Hollow optical fibers for UV light

If you want to send light on a trip through optical fibres with as little loss as possible you should opt for infrared light as is the case for example in the telecommunication networks worldwide ... - Read More
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