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  • Listening to the atom group chat

    Scientists overhear the chatter of atoms exchanging quantum information.

    Dutch and German researchers have intercepted a “chat” between two atoms, which may have interesting implications for...

    Core Sciences May 28, 2021
  • Measuring lead nucleus tells of neutron stars

    A neutron skin behaviour that affects atoms and stars.

    Physicists have just collected the most accurate measurement of the thickness of the neutron ‘skin’ of a lead (Pb) nu...

    Core Sciences April 28, 2021
  • A single glowing atom

    An ion trap reveals an imprisoned atom of strontium.

    The small bright dot visible in the centre of the image is a single positively-charged strontium atom. Credit: David ...

    Physics February 14, 2018
  • Why is a neutron heavier than a proton?

    The slightest difference makes them weapons of mass creation.

    Galileo famously wrote that the book of nature is “written in mathematical language”. It’s true that numbers crop up ...

    Physics May 3, 2017
  • Chemical bond makes giant butterfly molecules

    An electron corrals a nearby atom closer, creating a giant molecule.

    Physicists built a new, supersized molecule made of atoms held together by a far-roaming electron – like a flock of s...

    Chemistry November 14, 2016
  • Pear-shaped nuclei help search for antimatter

    Discovery of an extremely rare, bulged atomic nucleus.

    Physicists have found an isotope of the element barium with an extremely rare pear-shaped nucleus – and it’s unlike a...

    Physics July 7, 2016
  • Time travel and the single atom

    Researchers confirm a profound experiments of quantum physics.

    Andrew Truscott (left) and Ph.D. student Roman Khakimov have conducted an experiment that seems to show the past beha...

    Physics June 22, 2015
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