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Friedreich's ataxia -- an effective gene therapy in an animal modelFriedreich's ataxia -- an effective gene therapy in an animal model

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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Research suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphereResearch suggests autumn is ending later in the northern hemisphere

'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential

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Study finds gaming augments players' social livesStudy finds gaming augments players' social lives

Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringOff the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring

Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer modelsOvercoming structural uncertainty in computer models

Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier studyMonkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study

Researchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drugResearchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

Protein called YAP gives blood vessels strength, shapeProtein called YAP gives blood vessels strength, shape

Strengthening learning in children: Get outside and playStrengthening learning in children: Get outside and play

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Turning back the clock on aging muscles?Turning back the clock on aging muscles?

Gecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliableGecko-inspired adhesion: Self-cleaning and reliable

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmetsNew study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

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Beam on target! (4/15/2014)

Beam on target!Late on April 1, the crown jewel of the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility sparkled its way into a new era. Following an upgrade of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility, the CEBAF accelerator delivered the highest-energy electron beams it has ever produced into a target in an experimental hall, recording the first data of the 12 GeV era. ...> Full Article


Professors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of 4-quark hadron (4/11/2014)

Professors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of 4-quark hadronPhysicists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have helped confirm the existence of exotic hadrons -- a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model. Their finding is the subject of a forthcoming article, prepared by the Large Hadron Collider beauty Collaboration at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Tomasz Skwarnicki, professor of physics, is one of the paper's lead authors. ...> Full Article


Searching high and low for dark matter (4/9/2014)

How is the hunt for dark matter going? Researchers from around the world recently gathered at UCLA to take stock of their progress. ...> Full Article


Fermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matter (4/8/2014)

Fermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matterA new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe. ...> Full Article


Quantum photon properties revealed in another particle -- the plasmon (4/7/2014)

One approach to make qubits for quantum computing relies on the creation of two single photons that interfere with one another in a device called a waveguide. Results from a recent applied science study at Caltech support the idea that waveguides coupled with another quantum particle -- the surface plasmon -- could also become an important piece of the quantum computing puzzle. ...> Full Article


Researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos (4/6/2014)

A team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Boldizsar Janko has announced analytical prediction and numerical verification of novel quantum rotor states in nanostructured superconductors. ...> Full Article


Should physicists work to the sound of silence? (4/5/2014)

In this month's issue of Physics World, Felicity Mellor, a senior lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London, questions whether the requirement of the modern physicist to collaborate and communicate is preventing the intellectual progress brought about by silence and solitude. ...> Full Article


A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology (4/4/2014)

A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technologyScientists have managed to create artificial nanostructures that can 'bend light,' called metamaterials. But the challenge has been making enough of the material to turn invisibility cloaks into a practical reality. The work of Debashis Chanda at the University of Central Florida, however, may have just cracked that barrier. ...> Full Article


New Zealand physicists split and collide ultracold atom clouds (4/4/2014)

Physicists at New Zealand's University of Otago have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by developing a steerable 'optical tweezers' unit that uses intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and to smash them together. ...> Full Article


Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions (4/3/2014)

An international team directed by researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, with participation from the Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, has managed to create an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons. The record had been established at 11 dimensions. ...> Full Article


Controlling electron spins by light (4/2/2014)

Controlling electron spins by lightTopological insulators are considered a very promising material class for the development of future electronic devices. A research team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has discovered, how light can be used to alter the physical properties of the electrons in these materials. Their results have just been published by the renowned journal Physical Review X. ...> Full Article


New way to filter light (4/1/2014)

A new method could provide the first directional selectivity for light waves. ...> Full Article


Dark energy hides behind phantom fields (3/31/2014)

Dark energy hides behind phantom fieldsQuintessence and phantom fields, two hypotheses formulated using data from satellites, such as Planck and WMAP, are among the many theories that try to explain the nature of dark energy. Now researchers from Barcelona and Athens suggest that both possibilities are only a mirage in the observations and it is the quantum vacuum which could be behind this energy that moves our universe. ...> Full Article


Sensing gravity with acid (3/30/2014)

Sensing gravity with acidWhile probing how organisms sense gravity and acceleration, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory and the University of Utah uncovered evidence that acid (proton concentration) plays a key role in communication between neurons. The surprising discovery is reported this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...> Full Article


Hunt for an unidentified electron object (3/29/2014)

Hunt for an unidentified electron objectNew research sheds light on the nature of 'unidentified electron objects' -- a mysterious class of objects that exists in superfluid helium at low temperature. ...> Full Article

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Beam on target!Beam on target!

Professors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of 4-quark hadronProfessors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of 4-quark hadron

Searching high and low for dark matter

Fermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matterFermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matter

Quantum photon properties revealed in another particle -- the plasmon

Researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos

Should physicists work to the sound of silence?

A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technologyA breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

New Zealand physicists split and collide ultracold atom clouds

Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions

Controlling electron spins by lightControlling electron spins by light

New way to filter light

Dark energy hides behind phantom fieldsDark energy hides behind phantom fields

Sensing gravity with acidSensing gravity with acid

Hunt for an unidentified electron objectHunt for an unidentified electron object



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