Earlier calculations failed to find a ‘fixed point’ in three dimensions, or a spot where all the lines overlap (left). By taking these calculations one step further, Yaida was able to find the fixed point (right), showing that a new phase transition might exist in glasses at low temperatures. Credit: Sho Yaida Zoom in on

The extremely intense X-ray flash knocks so many electrons out of the iodine atom (right) such that it pulls in the electrons of the methyl group (left) like an elecetromagnetic version of a black hole, before finally spitting them out. Credit: DESY/Science Communication Lab Scientists have used an ultra-bright pulse of X-ray light to turn

This is an artist’s impression of connected CRISPR-dCas9 NOR gates. Credit: University of Washington Living cells must constantly process information to keep track of the changing world around them and arrive at an appropriate response. Through billions of years of trial and error, evolution has arrived at a mode of information processing at the cellular

These images show the orbital paths of electrons trapped within a circular region within graphene. In the classical orbit (top image), an electron that travels in a complete circuit has the same physical state as when it started on the path. However, when an applied magnetic field reaches a critical value, (bottom image), an electron

The method involves overlapping ultrashort laser pulses in a mixture of water droplets in liquid oil and detecting photons that are scattered only from the interface. Credit: © EPFL/Julia Jacobi Chair of Photomedicine – Laboratory for Fundamental BioPhotonic Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere — in the air as droplets or aerosols, in our bodies as

This is an artistic view of the decay of a quantum-mechanical monopole into a Dirac monopole. Credit: Image by Heikka Valja. Scientists at Amherst College (USA) and Aalto University (Finland) have made the first experimental observations of the dynamics of isolated monopoles in quantum matter. The new study provided a surprise: the quantum monopole decays

Physicists Steve Sabbagh and Jack Berkery in front of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) Credit: Elle Starkman Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have helped develop a new computer model of plasma stability in doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The new model incorporates recent findings gathered

UCI physicist Jing Xia (right, with graduate student Alex Stern) calls the fiber-optic Sagnac interferometer he built the most sensitive magnetic microscope in the world. He compares it to a telescope that an ornithologist in Irvine could use to inspect the eye of a bird in New York. Credit: Steve Zylius / UCI UCI physicist

Artist’s abstraction (stock image). Hypothetically, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be either negative or positive. With negative mass, if you push something, it accelerates toward you. Credit: © ktsdesign / Fotolia Washington State University physicists have created a fluid with negative mass, which is exactly what

Credit: Ventsislav Valev University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs with powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics. Molecules, including many pharmaceuticals, twist in certain ways and can exist in left or right ‘handed’ forms depending

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