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Scientists discover novel process to convert visible light into infrared light

2 days ago from Physorg

Columbia University scientists, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard, have succeeded in developing a chemical process to convert infrared energy into visible light, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue...

3-D printed lattices mimic crystalline materials for extra strength

2 days ago from C&EN

Lessons from metallurgy help to create strong, lightweight structures

Final winter Detroit auto show a shadow of its former self

2 days ago from Physorg

As row upon row of automakers' latest models gleam in the bright lights of the Detroit auto show, the exhibitors ready to greet industry insiders and journalists are looking down—into...

Jean Bourgain, Problem-Conquering Mathematician, Is Dead at 64

2 days ago from NY Times Science

Dr. Bourgain, a recipient of some of his field’s most prestigious awards, was undaunted by even the most intractable of challenges.

Bizarre Superfluid Could Explain the Existence of the Modern Universe

2 days ago from Live Science

Back in the first moment of the universe, everything was hot and dense and in perfect balance. A new quantum experiment aims to show how that changed.

Fiery sighting: A new physics of eruptions that damage fusion experiments

2 days ago from Physorg

Sudden bursts of heat that can damage the inner walls of tokamak fusion experiments are a hurdle that operators of the facilities must overcome. Such bursts, called "edge localized modes...

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard steals stick with skate

2 days ago from UPI

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard robbed Anaheim Ducks forward Brian Gibbons during Detroit's 3-1 win on Tuesday night, but it wasn't on a save chance.

Simple rules predict and explain biological mutualism

2 days ago from Physorg

Scientists have long employed relatively simple guidelines to help explain the physical world, from Newton's second law of motion to the laws of thermodynamics.

O Mg! It's the periodic table's B day!

Nothing would exist if it weren't for elements and the —relatively — tidy periodic table is celebrating a major milestone, turning 150 this year.

Electricity Basics: Resistance, Inductance and Capacitance

2 days ago from Live Science

Resistors, inductors and capacitors are basic electrical components that make modern electronics possible.

Going quantum to unlock plants’ secrets

2 days ago from Science Blog

When it comes to green living, nobody does it better than plants. When plants convert light into fuel through photosynthesis, not a single particle of light is wasted. If we...

How manganese produces a parkinsonian syndrome

2 days ago from Science Blog

Using X-ray fluorescence at synchrotrons DESY and ESRF, researchers in the Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (CNRS/Université de Bordeaux) have demonstrated the consequences of a mutation responsible for a...

Ammonia synthesis through electroreduction of nitrogen on black phosphorus nanosheets

2 days ago from Physorg

More than 100 years after the introduction of the Haber–Bosch process, scientists continue to search for alternative ammonia production routes that are less energy demanding. Chinese scientists have now discovered...

Researchers establish principles for transmitting light-delivered data via nonreciprocal circuits

2 days ago from Physorg

The development of fiber optics technology has been indispensable to increasing the speed at which information is delivered over large distances by relying on light to carry information rather than...

Understanding insulators with conducting edges

2 days ago from Physorg

Insulators that are conducting at their edges hold promise for interesting technological applications. However, until now their characteristics have not been fully understood. Physicists at Goethe University have now modelled...

New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe

2 days ago from Science Daily

Experimental proof of a decades-old prediction opens a pathway to recreate possible conditions of the early universe here on earth.

Mega tube under Geneva enters race to succeed CERN collider

2 days ago from Reuters:Science

A proposed 100-km particle accelerator under Geneva has joined an international quest to develop the successor to the Large Hadron Collider to help unlock humankind's knowledge of matter.

Jason Reitman to helm new 'Ghostbusters': 'It is not a reboot'

2 days ago from UPI

Filmmaker Jason Reitman has signed on to direct a new "Ghostbusters" film following the events of the first two "Ghostbusters" films from the 1980s.

New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe

2 days ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers have documented the long-predicted occurrence of 'walls bound by strings' in superfluid helium-3. The existence of such an object, originally foreseen by cosmology theorists, may...

Thirty five degree days make blackouts more likely, but new power stations won't help

2 days ago from Physorg

Summer is here with a vengeance. On hot days it's very likely something in the power system will break and cause someone to lose power. And the weather bureau expects...

Wind power making gains as competitive source of electricity

It’s taken a decade of technological improvement and a new competitive bidding process for electrical generation contracts, but wind may have finally come into its own as among the cheapest...

Experiments detect entropy production in mesoscopic quantum systems

2 days ago from Physorg

The production of entropy, which means increasing the degree of disorder in a system, is an inexorable tendency in the macroscopic world owing to the second law of thermodynamics. This...

Velcro for human cells

2 days ago from Physorg

The ability of cells to adhere to each other and to their environment is the basis for multicellular life. Adhesion occurs via diverse receptors at the surface of cells that...

Light up logic: Engineers perform computational logic with light

2 days ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers have performed logic operations with a chemical device using electric fields and ultraviolet light. The device and the pioneering methods open up research possibilities, including...

Power stations driven by light

2 days ago from Physorg

Green plants, algae and some bacteria use sunlight to convert energy. The pigments in chlorophyll absorb electromagnetic radiation, which induces chemical reactions in electrons. These reactions take place in the...

Physicists discover new effect in the interaction of plasmas with solids

2 days ago from Physorg

Plasmas—hot gases consisting of chaotically-moving electrons, ions, atoms and molecules—comprise the interiors of stars, but scientists can create them artificially using special equipment in the laboratory. If a plasma comes...

Identifying 'friends' in an objective manner: A new method for extracting the backbone of networked social interactions

2 days ago from Physorg

In recent years, behavioral patterns of social creatures, such as humans, cattle, ants, etc., have been discovered by using wearable sensors called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices (Figs. 1).

Bioconstruction: Beyond hempcrete

2 days ago from Physorg

One of the common beliefs about bio-construction is that it is only for rich people. According to Mike Lawrence, Professor at the BRE CICM (Centre for Innovative Construction Materials), University...