Physics

  • Don’t fear the craquelure

    Cracks can make wood paintings less vulnerable.

    Cracks in the paint of a great work of art may not be quite the problem they seem. In fact, if it’s a painting on woo...

    Physics February 23, 2020
  • Reducing noise below the sound of silence

    Researchers manipulate quantum light with telling effect.

    Researchers from Australia, Singapore and China have developed a technology that manipulates quantum states of light ...

    Physics February 19, 2020
  • Getting to grips with fragile topology

    Research explains the strange electron flow in future materials.

    A class of materials known as topological insulators has excited those searching for the materials of the future for ...

    Physics February 16, 2020
  • A breakthrough in muon management

    Physicists looking to up the collider energy.

    A breakthrough in muon management has set scientists dreaming of an alternative that could have 100 times the power o...

    Physics February 13, 2020
  • Artificial atoms create stable qubits

    An important step in quest for silicon quantum computer.

    Quantum engineers in Australia have created artificial atoms in silicon chips which, they say, offer improved stabili...

    Physics February 11, 2020
  • Physicists do something very cool

    Nanoparticles at ground state open new possibilities.

    Physicists have cooled a nanoparticle to the lowest temperature quantum mechanics allows by reducing its motion to th...

    Physics February 2, 2020
  • A novel quantum couple

    Magnetic field moves electrons into concentric circles.

    US and Japanese researchers have created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots – tiny islands of confined electric ...

    Physics January 30, 2020
  • Explaining an uncertain law of physics

    It’s great science, but not yet worth a million dollars.

    Turbulence is seen as the ultimate example of chaos theory: the way a butterfly flaps its wings in Australia could be...

    Physics January 7, 2020
  • Conversation

    What to make of the X17 factor

    A particle new to physics might solve the dark matter mystery.

    A team of scientists in Hungary recently published a paper that hints at the existence of a previously unknown subato...

    Physics December 12, 2019
  • Things go pear-shaped when you split the atom

    Physicists solve a longstanding mystery about nuclear fission.

    Researchers from Australia and Japan have discovered that when atoms split, in the process known as nuclear fission, ...

    Physics December 9, 2019
  • Part of a disCERNing crowd

    Australian astrophysicist Martin White discusses life with and around the Large Hadron Collider.

    The following is an edited excerpt from the article “A disCERNing crowd”, which appears in the current edition of Cos...

    Physics December 8, 2019
  • How much do you need to knead?

    Looking at the science of good breadmaking.

    You know breadmaking is a serious business when scientists get involved. Physicists from Germany’s Technical Univers...

    Physics November 26, 2019
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