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A research team at the University of Sydney is claiming a major breakthrough in generating single photons (light particles), as carriers of quantum information in security systems.

Published in Security

No, there are no shark with frickin’ spiral laser beams creating quantum whirlpools, but ANU physicists have indeed managed to do it, creating ‘polaritons’!

Published in Energy
Thursday, 13 November 2014 17:27

Angela Merkel to cast a scientific eye over NICTA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a former research scientist in her own right, is to visit the NICTA research centre of excellence while in Australia for the G20 summit.

Monday, 20 October 2014 13:41

ANU physicists build reversible laser tractor

Physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) have built a tractor beam that can repel and attract objects over a much longer distance than previously achieved.

Published in Energy
A European physicist states that an elementary-particle model, called the extended Standard Model, reveals how the universe was initially created, as well as its subsequent expansion into its present form. He continues his question-and-answer discussion of his xSM theory here'”in an exclusive interview with the author.

Published in Energy
A Bucknell University professor led researchers in an explanation as to why a curveball in baseball breaks so much when seen by a batter. Their imagery won them Best Illusion of the Year for 2009 by Vision Sciences Society.

Published in Biology
For the first time scientists have directly seen magnetic waves that heat up the outer atmosphere of the Sun millions of degrees hotter than its surface interior. These Alfvén waves were imaged by the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope.
Published in Space
Monday, 08 December 2008 20:33

Quantum encryption broken with time travel?

The field of quantum mechanics allows security codes to be sent completely free of being detected and read. However, U.S. scientists say they could break these quantum encryption codes with time travel, specifically, wormholes. That is, if wormholes exist?

Published in Space
Saturday, 20 September 2008 18:27

LHC atom smasher temporarily smashed

CERN officials announced that its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be inoperable for at least two months while repairs are conducted after it malfunctioned and was damaged during its initial startup on Friday, September 12, 2008.

Published in Energy
The Large Hadron Collider has got the world talking about life, the universe and everything. Oh, and black holes and death, of course. Just wait until people hear about it's big brother: the International Linear Collider...

Published in Energy
Friday, 15 August 2008 08:29

Green supercomputer heading to Canada

The University of Toronto is set to become home to the largest - though perhaps not the fastest - supercomputer outside the US.

Published in Energy
American physicists Gerald Cleaver and Richard Obousy are proposing a “hypothetical propulsion device” that could travel faster than the speed of light without violating any laws of physics. However, we’ll have to ask Scotty for enormous amounts of dilithium crystals!

Published in Space
MSNBC states “Science sometimes gets twisted for the sake of a well-told story.” The website list ten disaster movies with improbable to impossible plots. Can we name more?
Published in UNI-verse
The Pioneer Anomaly is a mystery involving the NASA Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. Launched in 1972-73, they have traveled hundreds of millions of kilometers to explore the outer solar system and, soon,  interstellar space. However, their speed is wrong, at least according to our generally accepted laws of physics.

Published in Space
It's been 37 years since Leon Chua hypothesised the existence of the memristor - the 'missing' basic electronic circuit element to complement the capacitor, resistor and inductor - but Hewlett-Packard scientists have finally made one.

Published in Home Tech
Of course electrons have been zipping around before we knew about them. However, 111 years ago, Joseph John Thomson first announced that he had discovered the existence of electrons, which he named  "corpuscles,” or small bodies.
Published in Energy
U.S. researchers (and, no doubt, baseball fanatics) find that the trajectories of baseballs that are popped up almost vertically are complicated due to the collision of the ball with the bat and the air resistance around the ball itself in flight.

Published in Energy
NASA has announced that British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will speak at NASA’s Fiftieth Anniversary Event on April 21, 2008, at George Washington University. The event will be carried live on NASA Television.

Published in Space
New non-volatile memory technologies pop up from time to time, but they don't always make a lasting impression. Remember bubble memory? What about FRAM? Now IBM reckons its 'racetrack' memory could deliver the performance and reliability of flash memory with the low cost and high capacity of hard drives.

Published in Cloud Computing
Thursday, 28 February 2008 20:01

March 1, 1896: Radioactivity discovered by Becquerel

On February 26, 1896, Henri Becquerel stored a photographic plate with uranium salts lying on top of it. He intended to later perform an experiment on phosphorescent emissions stimulated by the Sun. However, something unusual happened!    
Published in Energy




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