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The Latest: Nobel physics prize to be announced in Stockholm

Latest developments in the announcements of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):

Tue 6 Oct 15 from

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Team reports detailed analysis of electrical characteristics of a tiny transistor made from two quantum dots

A single-electron transistor (SET) is an electrical device that takes advantage of a strange quantum phenomenon called tunneling to transport single electrons across a thin insulator. The device ...

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Slow and fast, but not furious: Researchers trace how birds, fish go with the flow

Fish and birds, when moving in groups, could use two "gears"—one slow and another fast—in ways that conserve energy, a team of New York University researchers has concluded. Its findings offer ...

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Team shrinks particle accelerator: Prototype demonstrates feasibility of building terahertz accelerators

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has built the first prototype of a miniature particle accelerator that uses terahertz radiation instead of radio frequency structures. A single accelerator ...

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Researchers measure electron orbitals of molecules in 3-D

Many people will remember them from physics lessons at school: Often represented as colourful clouds or balloons, electron orbitals provide information on the whereabouts of the electrons in ...

Mon 5 Oct 15 from

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Bruker joins portable LIBS bandwagon

Firm is latest to offer scrap dealers and others a hand-held laser tool for instant chemical analysis of metals.

Wed 7 Oct 15 from

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Laser-wielding physicists seize control of atoms' behavior

Physicists have wondered in recent years if they could control how atoms interact using light. Now they know that they can, by demonstrating games of quantum billiards with unusual new rules.

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High-speed march through a layer of graphene

In cooperation with the Center for Nano-Optics of Georgia State University in Atlanta, scientists of the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics and the ...

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World's largest atom smashers produce world's smallest droplets

How small can a droplet shrink and remain a liquid?

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Neutrino detectors could keep discreet tabs on nuclear reactors

When a country such as Iran is wary of nuclear inspections, an experimental detector could help ensure that its reactors are not making plutonium for weapon

Wed 7 Oct 15 from Newscientist

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