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The super-photon team. Courtesy (c) Photo: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn Researchers at the universities of Bonn and Cologne in Germany have developed a new way of splitting photon wavepackets that involves cooling them down to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in a double-ridge microresonator structure. This thermodynamic method differs from the usual optical beam-splitting techniques because it
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world’s largest-known ape – an extinct creature dubbed “Giganto” that once inhabited Southeast Asia – was an oversized cousin of today’s orangutans. A fossil of a lower jaw of the large extinct ape Gigantopithecus blacki, found in
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MACHINES: HOW THEY WORK Thursdays 10/9c on Science This machine can decipher coins with pinpoint accuracy. Light sensors measure the size while electromagnets detect the metal type of the coin. More Machines! http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/machines-how-they-work/ Full episodes streaming FREE on Science GO: https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/machines-how-they-work/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience
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“What’s it like to see something that no one has seen before?” I asked Tatiana Latychevskaia, a physicist at the University of Zurich. “You’re always puzzled, trying to look for something similar,” she says. She explains that you talk to colleagues, search the literature, and think back to conference presentations… Usually, you don’t know in
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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has waded into the debate about social media regulation. In an award-acceptance speech to the Anti-Defamation League yesterday, the creator of Ali G and Borat delivered a precision take-down of what he called Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s “bullshit” arguments against regulating his platform. The speech is well worth watching in full
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Few aspects of life escape the touch of high tech in cutting-edge Japan, including an official song written to welcome Pope Francis when he visits Japan from Saturday. Written by Jun Inoue, the song, “Protect all Life – The Signs of the Times”, is based on the theme of the pope’s Japan
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This year’s Nikon Small World Motion Photomicrography Competition has given us a fascinating glimpse into the realm of the extremely tiny. Watch a flea giving birth and a zebrafish embryo developing its complex nervous system. And that’s just the start. Learn more about this year’s submissions: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/09/27/1577365/0/en/Developing-Sensory-Nervous-System-of-a-Zebrafish-Wins-2018-Nikon-Small-World-in-Motion-Competition.html Check out the gallery page: https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/galleries/2018-small-world-in-motion-competition —————————————————— Science
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We’ve taken giant leaps and left our mark in the heavens. Now we’re building the next chapter, returning to the Moon to stay, and preparing to go beyond. We are NASA – and after 60 years, we’re just getting started. Special thanks to Mike Rowe for the voiceover work. This video is available for download
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NASA denied that there are living “insect- and reptile-like creatures” on Mars, after a professor at Ohio University made the controversial claim earlier this week. Alana Johnson, NASA’s Public Affairs Officer, told Fox News in a statement that the collective general opinion of the large majority of the scientific community is that current conditions on Mars; surface
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You might think that critical comments from robots are only saying what they’ve been programmed to say, with no consciousness or feelings of their own. However, new research unveiled that trash-talking droids make human beings sad and unproductive. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) published their study from its Robotics Institute. Fei Fang, a computer scientist from CMU,
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Aside from the family and the bedroom that we look forward to when going home, sitting on a couch while drinking something gives you a sense of comfort and peace of mind. A glass of wine is one good example. Wines, in general, are alcoholic beverages. However, unlike other liquors, they are made from natural
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San Francisco is a rather excellent tourist destination year-round. Like other coastal West Coast cities in the USA, San Francisco has a temperate climate. The average temperature difference between July (the hottest month) and January (the coldest month) is only 7 degrees Celsius (the average highs between these months range from 10 to 15 degrees
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Cells from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a fatal childhood cancer. Lab tests have identified a drug combination that effectively attacks the class of tumours that includes this glioma. Credit: Shawn Gillespie, Monje Lab Cancer 22 November 2019 Mass screening turns up a therapy that holds promise for treating a highly aggressive class of tumours.
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Water vapour over the continental United States is shown in this satellite image from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Credit: NOAA/GOES The international agency that regulates global telecommunications agreed to new radio-frequency standards on 21 November. Meteorologists say the long-awaited decision threatens the future of weather forecasting worldwide, by allowing transmissions from mobile-phone
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Poignant and bleak, the critically acclaimed HBO series Chernobyl revisits a difficult chapter in history to tell an important story about the role of science in society. While portions of the plot and characters have been embellished for TV, its an exceptional portrayal of what can happen when a community ignores the signs of an
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Platinum (left) and glassy carbon (right) microelectrodes for deep brain stimulation. (Courtesy: SDSU) Deep brain stimulation (DBS) – in which electrodes implanted in the brain send electrical signals to areas that control movement – is increasingly employed to treat symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor or dystonia. It is also used
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This week’s episode focuses on the interface between physics and computing, with deep dives into how artificial intelligence (AI) is contributing to medical physics and how silicon could form the basis of a future quantum computer. First, we hear from Tami Freeman, Physics World’s resident expert on medical physics, about a new positron emission tomography (PET)
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Gold standard: artist’s impression of the disc-shaped photonic switches integrated within an optical circuit. (Courtesy: C. Haffner/NIST) A highly compact, low-energy device capable of switching the paths taken by light within photonic systems has been unveiled by physicists in the US and Switzerland. The new switch could provide a basis for artificial-intelligence (AI) systems that
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Tricky technique: the new glass was made using pulsed laser deposition. (Courtesy: Jonne Renvall and Erkka Frankberg) Flexible glass that does not shatter on impact could soon be made using insights from a study of a glass-like material made from aluminium oxide. Erkka Frankberg at Tampere University in Finland and colleagues have come to this
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Phoamtonics makes it debut. Courtesy: M Klatt and colleagues Scientists at Princeton University in the US have discovered that a material known as a Weaire-Phelan foam can act as an optical filter. As well as adding to our understanding of such foams, which have been studied for more than 130 years, the discovery might also
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Most playgrounds feature slides, swings, and other structures that encourage visitors to explore cause-and-effect, test their physical limits, and try new things. Scientists like to engage in these activities too, although their playgrounds don’t look quite the same… Photo by Olivia Bauso on Unsplash In new research published in the American Physical Society’s journal Physical
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In his 1980 book Cosmos, Carl Sagan famously wrote, “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Credit: Moritz Kindler on Unsplash  If you follow their threads back in time, the ingredients for a deliciously satisfying apple pie – apples, flour, cinnamon, heat, etc. – wind their
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Environmentally sensitive but potentially oil-rich areas of Arctic Alaska will be opened to oil development under a new Trump administration proposal to undo Obama-era protections. The Trans Alaska Pipeline is pictured near the midpoint of the 800-mile line, near Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S. May 31, 2018. Picture taken May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Yereth
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It’s one of America’s favorite foods. Learn how chocolate chip cookies go from industrial mixer to dessert platters across the U.S. | For more How It’s Made, visit http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/#mkcpgn=ytsci1 Subscribe to Science Channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=sciencechannel Watch full episodes: http://bit.ly/HowItsMadeFullEpisodes Check out SCI2 for infinitely awesome science videos. Every day. http://bit.ly/SCI2YT Download the TestTube app: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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The problem of how to find the potential treasure trove hidden in millions of pounds of trash is getting a high-tech answer as investors funnel $16 million into the recycling robots built by Denver-based AMP Robotics. For recyclers, the commercialization of robots tackling industry problems couldn’t come at a better time. Their once-stable business has
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FILE PHOTO: Ratu, an 8 year-old female Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), is seen at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the Way Kambas National Park, Lampung province, May 20, 2010. REUTERS/Supri/File Photo KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The last Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia died on Saturday, leaving the smallest species of rhino, which once roamed across Asia,
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After a year of testing out environmental technologies for a private company, co-founder Patricia Ayma developed a process for bioplastic production using bacteria. The system turns organic matter, such as food waste, into a product that can be used as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. “I realized that it was a simple technology for
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Waves flood the street in Villefranche-Sur-Mer, France November 23, 2019 in this still image obtained from social media video.BRICE RODIERE/via REUTERS ROQUEBRUNE-SUR-ARGENS, France (Reuters) – Two people were found dead on Sunday after massive flooding that has hit southeastern France since Friday, causing major damage in the region, local authorities said. One person was found
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Cloud Foundry, the open-source platform-as-a-service that, with the help of lots of commercial backers, is currently in use by the majority of Fortune 500 companies, launched well before containers, and especially the Kubernetes orchestrator, were a thing. Instead, the project built its own container service, but the rise of Kubernetes obviously created a lot of
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