Physics & Mathematics

When Sand-Slithering Snakes Behave Like Light Waves

Desert snakes slithering across the sand at night can encounter obstacles such as plants or twigs that alter the direction of their travel. While...

Breakthrough could enable infrared cameras for electronics, self-driving cars

Quantum dots could make technology cheaper, more widely available There’s an entire world our eyes miss, hidden in the ranges of light wavelengths that human...

Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma

Most laypersons are familiar with the three states of matter as solids, liquids, and gases. But there are other forms that exist. Plasmas, for...

New state of matter discovered that could lead to better quantum engineering

Using intense lasers with extremely short pulses in a way equivalent to strobe photography, theoretical and computational physicists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham collaborated...

New shapes of laser beam ‘sneak’ through opaque media

Researchers have found a way to pre-treat a laser beam so that it enters opaque surfaces without dispersing — like a headlight that’s able...

Technique streamlines fabrication of 2-D circuits

Exotic 2-D materials hold great promise for creating atom-thin circuits that could power flexible electronics, optoelectronics, and other next-generation devices. But fabricating complex 2-D...

Asteroids are stronger, harder to destroy than previously thought

A popular theme in the movies is that of an incoming asteroid that could extinguish life on the planet, and our heroes are launched...

Swimming microbes steer themselves into mathematical order

Freeing thousands of microorganisms to swim in random directions in an infinite pool of liquid may not sound like a recipe for order, but...

Securing the “internet of things” in the quantum age

MIT researchers have developed a novel cryptography circuit that can be used to protect low-power “internet of things” (IoT) devices in the coming age...

Code used to reduce quantum error in logic gates for first time

Scientists at the University of Sydney have for the first time demonstrated improvement in quantum computers by using codes designed to detect and discard...

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