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Physics - Environment - 24.07.2018
Prospects Dim for Low-carbon Nuclear Industry, EPP Researchers Say
In a new paper, former and current researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy say nuclear power will probably not make a significant contribution to decarbonizing the U.S. energy system over the next three or four decades.

Physics - 23.07.2018
Reprogrammable Braille
When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was translated into Braille, it spanned 1,000 pages over 14 volumes of thick Braille paper.

Physics - 19.07.2018
Taking pre-1950s nitrate film from the vault to the screen
Taking pre-1950s nitrate film from the vault to the screen
Until the early 1950s, all movies were made with cellulose nitrate-based film stock, which is inherently unstable and highly flammable, prone to rapid decomposition if not properly conserved.

Physics - Career - 19.07.2018
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Burton Richter dies at 87
Richter designed particle accelerators and carried out experiments that led to the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the charm quark.

Computer Science / Telecom - Physics - 19.07.2018
Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts
Artificial intelligence is now so smart that silicon brains frequently outthink people. Computers operate self-driving cars, pick friends' faces out of photos on Facebook, and are learning to take on jobs typically entrusted only to human experts. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 19.07.2018
Ravi Prasher Named Berkeley Lab's Associate Director for Energy Technologies
Ravi Prasher Named Berkeley Lab’s Associate Director for Energy Technologies
Ravi Prasher has been appointed Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The announcement follows an international search. Prasher, an internationally renowned scientist in the field of thermal energy science and technologies, has been director of Berkeley Lab's Energy Storage and Distributed Resources (ESDR) Division since 2015, where he has led the Lab's research on batteries, fuel cells, and grid modernization.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 16.07.2018
Every point is a galaxy
Every point is a galaxy
At first glance this frame is flooded with salt-and-pepper static - but don't adjust your set! Rather than being tiny grains or pixels of TV noise, every single point of light in this image is actually a distant galaxy as observed by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory. Each of these minute marks represents the 'heat' emanating from dust grains lying between the stars of each galaxy.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 13.07.2018
MeerKAT telescope unveiled in South Africa
Data gained from a giant telescope in South Africa will help to shape our understanding of the universe and how stars and galaxies are formed. MeerKAT consists of 64 interconnected dishes, each 13.5m in diameter, that together form a single radio telescope. MeerKAT is an impressive South African achievement, assisted by a cohort of international scientists, including researchers from Oxford University and the Africa Oxford Initiative.

Physics - Chemistry - 13.07.2018
Molecular clock could greatly improve smartphone navigation
Molecular clock could greatly improve smartphone navigation
MIT researchers have developed the first molecular clock on a chip, which uses the constant, measurable rotation of molecules - when exposed to a certain frequency of electromagnetic radiation - to keep time. The chip could one day significantly improve the accuracy and performance of navigation on smartphones and other consumer devices.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 13.07.2018
Europe's next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
Europe’s next Galileo satellites in place atop Ariane 5
Europe's next Galileo satellites have been put in place on top of the Ariane 5 launcher due to lift them from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday 25 July.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 13.07.2018
MeerKAT telescope unveiled in South Africa
Data gained from a giant telescope in South Africa will help to shape our understanding of the universe and how stars and galaxies are formed.

Environment - Physics - 10.07.2018
Finding the pulse of the polar vortex
A new analysis of how air moves between two layers of Earth's atmosphere reveals a deep system that could enable long-term weather forecasts and better climate models.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 10.07.2018
Sydney's Q-CTRL wins backing from global technology funds
Sydney’s Q-CTRL wins backing from global technology funds
Multimillion dollar investment in Professor Michael Biercuk's company shows the quantum economy is emerging right here, right now at the University of Sydney and related entities.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 09.07.2018
2 Poets and a Particle Accelerator
2 Poets and a Particle Accelerator
Two poets walk into an 88-Inch Cyclotron … and what happens next is an uncommon pairing of accelerated particles and artistic expression.

Physics - 09.07.2018
Quantum Technology: New EU Research Network measures Bell-States
Quantum Technology: New EU Research Network measures Bell-States
With a 3 million euro endowment, comes a new European research network headed by TU Wien. The goal: a device that can analyze specific entangled quantum states.

Computer Science / Telecom - Physics - 06.07.2018
Team Wins Data-Driven Scavenger Hunt for Simulated Nuclear Materials
Team Wins Data-Driven Scavenger Hunt for Simulated Nuclear Materials
Competing in a fictitious high-stakes scenario, a group of scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) bested two dozen other teams in a months-long, data-driven scavenger hunt for simulated radioactive materials in a virtual urban environment. The goal of this hackathon-styled event was both to improve the detection methods that could be applied to actual threats involving nuclear materials, and to create a platform to virtually vet out these methods.

Physics - 05.07.2018

Physics - Life Sciences - 04.07.2018
Swimming bacteria work together to go with the flow
Swimming bacteria work together to go with the flow
Swimming bacteria can reduce the viscosity of ordinary liquids like water and make them flow more easily, sometimes down to the point where the viscosity becomes zero: the flow is then frictionless.

Physics - Health - 29.06.2018
Giant brain to light up Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
A giant brain suspended from the ceiling is the centrepiece for the University of Nottingham's ‘Quantum sensing the brain' exhibit at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition in London from the 2nd - 8th July.

Politics - Physics - 29.06.2018
Gut bugs and e-politics: News from the College
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial. It's been a busy week of news at Imperial, and it's not letting up quite yet.

Physics - 28.06.2018

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 28.06.2018

Physics - Electroengineering - 27.06.2018
New photodetector could improve night vision, thermal sensing and medical imaging
New photodetector could improve night vision, thermal sensing and medical imaging
UCLA's design eliminates tradeoffs between bandwidth, sensitivity, and speed that are common in current technology Matthew Chin Using graphene, one of science's most versatile materials, engineers fr

Physics - Career - 27.06.2018
Dr Shelley Wickham wins Westpac Fellowship to study DNA origami
Dr Wickham will build new tools made from DNA origami - tiny tweezers, spanners, wrenches and springs - to better understand blood clotting on nanosurfaces and ultimately design better materials.

Physics - Computer Science / Telecom - 27.06.2018
World record set in quantum computing simulation - equivalent to a billion laptops
University of Melbourne scientists have  set a world record  in simulating quantum power on a classical computer, demonstrating more quantum data crunching than any of the existing quantum computer prototypes.

Physics - Environment - 21.06.2018
"move" through to the next round
Around two years ago, Empa opened "move", the demonstrator for the mobility of the future, with a view to revealing various paths for mobility with renewable energy.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 21.06.2018
Through the heat barrier
Through the heat barrier
ESA Space in Images ESA's next CubeSat mission seen enduring the scorching heat of simulated atmospheric reentry inside the world's largest plasma wind tunnel. Equipped with a cork-based heatshield, titanium side walls and silicon carbide deployable panels, the QARMAN (QubeSat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on Ablation) CubeSat survived six and a half minutes of testing inside Italy's Scirocco Plasma Wind Tunnel.

Life Sciences - Physics - 21.06.2018
High-powered microscopy coming to a scientist near you
This video shows 24 hours of growth of a zebrafish captured by light sheet microscopy. Video by Jiaye "Henry” He, of the Morgridge Institute for Research, and Liz M. Haynes, postdoctoral fellow in Integrative Biology. Modern microscopy has given scientists a front-row seat to living, breathing biology in all its Technicolor glory.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 21.06.2018
What makes volcanoes dangerous?
Recent eruptions offer reminders that lava, ash and size don't fully explain how volcanoes become deadly.

Career - Physics - 19.06.2018
Top young Los Alamos researchers honored with DOE Early Career Awards
Top young Los Alamos researchers honored with DOE Early Career Awards
This is the ninth year DOE has provided the awards, designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce with support to exceptional researchers during their early careers.

Physics - Environment - 19.06.2018
"Artificial blubber" protects divers in frigid water
When Navy SEALs carry out dives in Arctic waters, or when rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited - as little as tens of minutes, and the experience can be extremely painful at best.

Physics - Chemistry - 18.06.2018
Best ever at splitting light, new material could improve LEDs, solar cells, optical sensors
For News Media THIS NEWS IS EMBARGOED BY UNTIL 10 A.M. CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME ON JUNE 18, 2018   × Place a chunk of the clear mineral Iceland spar on top of an image and suddenly yo

Physics - Chemistry - 18.06.2018
Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing
Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing
Researchers are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing.

Physics - Chemistry - 18.06.2018
Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing
Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing
Researchers are exploring enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes for unique applications. We are particularly interested in advances in nanotube integration into photonic cavities for manipulating and optimizing light-emission properties.

Business / Economics - Physics - 18.06.2018
Method man
Method man
Back in 1988, voters in California passed Proposition 99, a measure that raised cigarette taxes and placed other restrictions on cigarette sales.

Physics - Chemistry - 15.06.2018
Squeezing light at the nanoscale
Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new technique to squeeze infrared light into ultra-confined spaces, generating an intense, nanoscale antenna that could be used to detect single biomolecules.

Physics - 15.06.2018
CERN Ceremony Marks Groundbreaking for Accelerator Upgrade Involving U.S. National Labs
CERN Ceremony Marks Groundbreaking for Accelerator Upgrade Involving U.S. National Labs
Note: This article was adapted from a Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announcement . View the original announcement here.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 15.06.2018
Within 10 years, a high-luminosity LHC at CERN
Within 10 years, a high-luminosity LHC at CERN
A new site opened on Friday, June 15, 2018, at the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider. Begun in 2011, this project aims to commission a high-luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) by 2026 that will increase the number of proton-proton collisions and gather more data.

Chemistry - Physics - 14.06.2018
TNT could be headed for retirement after 116 years on the job
TNT could be headed for retirement after 116 years on the job
Scientists have developed a novel "melt-cast" explosive material that could be a suitable replacement for Trinitrotoluene, more commonly known as TNT. One major challenge was coming up with a formula that would significantly surpass the explosive energy of TNT, but still have melt-casting capability.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 14.06.2018
Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals
Startup from Basel Qnami wins Venture Kick finals
The young startup of the University of Basel, Qnami, is the winner of the Venture Kick prize worth 130'000 Swiss Francs.

Materials Science - Physics - 11.06.2018

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 11.06.2018
Exact Optical Frequencies on Demand
Exact Optical Frequencies on Demand
In 2014, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the Direct On-Chip Digital Optical Synthesizer (DODOS) program, with the goal of finding a way to synthesize optical frequencies with the same exactness as radio and microwave frequencies.

Life Sciences - Physics - 07.06.2018
Ten Thousand Bursting Genes
Ten Thousand Bursting Genes
A breakthrough new technique enables scientists to image 10,421 genes at once within individual cells.

Physics - Life Sciences - 06.06.2018
New initiatives to join up and transform patient care to be subject to rapid evaluation
The University of Birmingham has won funding for a powerful new piece of technology called a spectrometer which will allow scientists to better gain insights into the molecular basis of human health - including the progression of cancer and infectious diseases.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 05.06.2018
Hi-C Launches to Study Sun's Corona
Hi-C Launches to Study Sun’s Corona
NASA and its partners launched a rocket-borne camera to the edge of space at 2:54 p.m. EDT May 29, 2018, on its third flight to study the Sun.
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