Physics & Mathematics

Tiny granules can help bring clean and abundant fusion power to Earth

Beryllium, a hard, silvery metal long used in X-ray machines and spacecraft, is finding a new role in the quest to bring the power...

Artificial gravity breaks free from science fiction

Artificial gravity has long been the stuff of science fiction. Picture the wheel-shaped ships from films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Martian, imaginary craft that...

The fractal brain, from a single neuron’s perspective

Hacking into brain signals may be more straightforward than once thought. Physicists studying the brain at Washington University in St. Louis have shown how measuring...

When kinetics and thermodynamics should play together

The formation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in water has ramifications for everything from food and energy production to human health and the availability of...

Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society

Although stigmatizing people suffering from an infectious disease may have been adapted for pre-historic humans, now it could cause more harm than good, according...

System lets nonspecialists use machine-learning to make predictions

In the Iron Man movies, Tony Stark uses a holographic computer to project 3-D data into thin air, manipulate them with his hands, and...

Engineers design surfaces that send rain flying away

In many situations, engineers want to minimize the contact of droplets of water or other liquids with surfaces they fall onto. Whether the goal...
The image shows 4D atomic motion captured in an iron-platinum nanoparticle at three different times.

Scientists Capture Atomic Motion in 4D for the First Time

Everyday transitions from one state of matter to another — such as freezing, melting or evaporation — start with a process called “nucleation,” in...

New Approach Aims to Advance Quantum Computers

Quantum computers, which use light particles (photons) instead of electrons to transmit and process data, hold the promise of a new era of research...

Music students score better in math, science, English than non-musical peers

High schoolers who take music courses score significantly better on exams in certain other subjects, including math and science, than their non-musical peers, according...

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