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Viewpoint: Diamond and Silicon Get Entangled

Two silicon-vacancy centers in diamond can emit photons that are indistinguishable—suggesting they have potential as building blocks for a diamond-based quantum computer. Published Thu Sep 11, ...

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Polonium's most stable isotope gets revised half-life measurement

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have determined* that polonium-209, the longest-lived isotope of this radioactive heavy element, has a half-life about ...

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Experiment shows potential of X-ray laser to study complex, poorly understood materials

Plastics are made of polymers, which are a challenge for scientists to study. Their chainlike strands of thousands of atoms are tangled up in a spaghetti-like jumble, their motion can be measured ...

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Defying physics, engineers prove a magnetic field for light

In electronics, changing the path of electrons and manipulating how they flow is as easy as applying a magnetic field.

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'Solid' light could compute previously unsolvable problems

Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.

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Physicists build first 500 GHz photon switch

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics – with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels.

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Synopsis: Higgs Mass Comes into Clearer Focus

Improved analysis of CERN's data has tightened up the accuracy of the measurement of the Higgs boson's mass Published Tue Sep 09, 2014

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Looking for novel forms of superconductivity: Two-dimensional electron liquids

Truly two-dimensional objects are rare. Even a thin piece of paper is trillions of atoms thick. When physicists do succeed in producing 2D systems, quantum interactions can lead to new phenomena ...

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Researchers use math and observation to show neural networks in crustaceans have evolved to offer optimized swimming

( —A team of researchers made up of one biologist and four mathematicians has found an example of natural selection providing an organism with optimal behavior. In their paper published ...

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