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    Running roaches, flapping moths create a new physics of organisms

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Sand-swimming lizards, slithering robotic snakes, dusk-flying moths and running roaches all have one thing in common: They’re increasingly being studied by physicists interested in understanding the shared strategies these creatures have developed to o… [...]

    Rogue wave analysis supports investigation of the El Faro sinking

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A new analysis done to support the investigation into the 2015 sinking of the El Faro cargo ship has calculated the likelihood of a massive rogue wave during Hurricane Joaquin in October of that year – and demonstrated a new technique for evaluating th… [...]

    Nonlinear physics bridges thoughts to sounds in birdsong

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The beautiful sound of birdsongs emerging from the trees is a wonderful example of how much nature can still teach us, even as much about their origins are still mysterious to us. About 40 percent of bird species learn to vocalize when they are exposed… [...]

    Physicists develop new design for fast, single-photon guns

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the University of Siegen have explained the mechanism of single-photon generation in diamond diodes. Their findings, published in Physical Review Applied, offer new avenues for the dev… [...]

    Physicists discover a tri-anion particle with colossal stability

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have achieved a feat that is a first in the fields of physics and chemistry—one that could have wide-ranging applications. [...]

    Why Quantum Computers Will Be Exponentially Faster Than Digital Computers

    Original @ Singularity Hub Classical computers (like the one you may be reading this on) calculate using bits, or binary digits, which can have only one of two values, either 1 or 0. Quantum computers, however, calculate using quantum bits, known as qubits. Qubits can be both 1 and 0 simultaneously—meaning they can perform two calculations at once. This […] [...]

    Research creates new possibilities to design new materials with strange and exotic properties

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics celebrated the rich behaviour of two-dimensional (2-D) materials, like atoms, molecules, or electrons that are confined to move on a flat surface. [...]

    Possible evidence for small, short-lived drops of early universe quark-gluon plasma

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Particles emerging from even the lowest energy collisions of small deuterons with large heavy nuclei at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)—a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science User Facility for nuclear physics research at DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory—exhibit behavior scientists associate with the formation of a soup of quarks and gluons, the fundamental building blocks of nearly all visible matter. These results from RHIC’s PHENIX experiment suggest that these small-scale collisions might be producing tiny, short-lived specks of matter that mimics what the early universe was like nearly 14 billion years ago, just after the Big Bang. [...]

    A new efficient and portable electrocaloric cooling device

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of California and SRI International has developed a new type of cooling device that is both portable and efficient. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their new device and possible applications for its use. Q.M. Zhang and Tian Zhang with the Pennsylvania State University offer some background on electrocaloric theory and outline the work done by the team in California in a Perspectives piece in the same journal issue. [...]

    The hunt for light dark matter

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Technology proposed 30 years ago to search for dark matter is finally seeing the light. [...]