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First measurement of the flow reversal of negative ions

The National Institutes of Natural Sciences National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) has succeeded in revealing the flow of negative hydrogen ions using a combination of infrared lasers ...

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A nano-roundabout for light

Just like in normal road traffic, crossings are indispensable in optical signal processing. In order to avoid collisions, a clear traffic rule is required. A new method has now been developed ...

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Researchers improve qubit lifetime for quantum computers

An international team of scientists has succeeded in making further improvements to the lifetime of superconducting quantum circuits. An important prerequisite for the realization of high-performance ...

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Aviation Research, for the Birds

Sometimes, it takes a goggle-wearing parrot to show us where we went wrong. A study from researchers at Stanford University suggests that our previous models of lift, as they pertain to animals, ...

Tue 6 Dec 16 from Discover Magazine

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Physicists confirm the precision of magnetic fields in the most advanced stellarator in the world

Physicist Sam Lazerson of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with German scientists to confirm that the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion ...

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Blocks of ice demonstrate levitated and directed motion

Resembling the Leidenfrost effect seen in rapidly boiling water droplets, a disk of ice becomes highly mobile due to a levitating layer of water between it and the smooth surface on which it ...

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To Mars in 70 days: Expert discusses NASA's study of paradoxical EM propulsion drive

After months of speculation and rumor, NASA has finally released its long-awaited research paper on the controversial EM Drive propulsion system. The paper was recently published in the American ...

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Partnership at a distance: Deep-frozen helium molecules

Helium atoms are loners. Only if they are cooled down to an extremely low temperature do they form a very weakly bound molecule. In so doing, they can keep a tremendous distance from each other ...

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Radiation that knocks electrons out and down, one after another

Researchers are investigating novel ways by which electrons are knocked out of matter. Their research could have implications for radiation therapy.

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The Breakthrough prizes

IN 2012 science was stirred by an announcement that nine physicists would each receive the eye-popping sum of $3m for their work in such arcane fields as string theory and inflationary ...

23 hours ago from The Economist

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