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A quick and easy way to shut down instabilities in fusion devices

Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a "star in a jar." The findings, ...

Fri 18 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers found that rotation causes the zig-zag of rising particles

Every curious person must have observed air bubbles rising through an aquarium tank of water.

Thu 17 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Newly upgraded laser peers further into the extreme universe at SLAC's LCLS

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory recently upgraded a powerful optical laser system used to create shockwaves that generate high-pressure conditions ...

Thu 17 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter

A potential new state of matter is being reported in the journal Nature, with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry ...

Wed 16 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Light is seen to scatter off light

Lead-ion collisions reveal phenomenon forbidden in classical physics

Fri 18 Aug 17 from Physics World

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"Fixed-field" accelerator transports multiple particle beams at a wide range of energies through a single beam pipe

An advanced particle accelerator designed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory could reduce the cost and increase the versatility of facilities for physics research ...

Wed 16 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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New thruster design increases efficiency for future spaceflight

Hall thrusters (HTs) are used in earth-orbiting satellites, and also show promise to propel robotic spacecraft long distances, such as from Earth to Mars. The propellant in a HT, usually xenon, ...

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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'Organismic learning' mimics some aspects of human thought

A new computing technology called "organismoids" mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones.

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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Relativistic self-focusing gives mid-IR driven electrons a boost

Conventional particle accelerators can range from large room-sized devices to facilities multiple kilometers across. One of the ways that scientists have looked to reduce the size and expense ...

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Phys.org

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