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How do you make a 1-cent microscope lens? Just bake a batch in the oven

Microscope lenses are typically made either by grinding and polishing glass discs, or pouring polymers into molds – both techniques can be quite involved, which is reflected in the price of ...

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Error-Free Quantum Computing Made Possible in New Experiment

Researchers demonstrate a superconducting quantum system that would allow for error correction

13 hours ago from IEEE Spectrum

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A 'quantum leap' in encryption technology

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, today announced the first successful trial of Quantum ...

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Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for ...

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Probing the sound of a quantum dot

( —Physicists at the University of Sydney have discovered a method of using microwaves to probe the sounds of a quantum dot, a promising platform for building a quantum computer.

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Mapping the road to quantum gravity

The road uniting quantum field theory and general relativity – the two great theories of modern physics – has been impassable for 80 years. Could a tool from condensed matter physics finally ...

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Liquid spacetime: A very slippery superfluid, that's what spacetime could be like

What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. ...

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Steering chemical reactions with laser pulses

With ultra-short laser pulses, chemical reactions can be controlled at the Vienna University of Technology. Electrons have little mass and are therefore influenced by the laser, whereas the ...

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Economics = MC2—A portrait of the modern physics startup

For much of the 20th century, many of the technological innovations that drove U.S. economic growth emerged from "idea factories" housed within large companies—research units like Bell Labs ...

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UK's lead in physics healthy but insecure

The quantity and quality of scientific papers produced by UK physicists indicates that the UK remains in an elite group of nations contributing at the leading edge of physics research.

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