‘Ultra-intense laser’ stops electrons travelling at near-light speed for first time, mimicking black holes

Using a laser beam one quadrillion times brighter than the Sun, physicists have stopped electrons travelling at near-light speeds for the first time. The experiment produced a quantum mechanical phenomenon that was previously only thought to occur around black holes and quasars. This effect is termed a “radiation reaction”, and measuring how it works in a lab […]

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Controlling quantum interactions in a single material

https://phys.org/news/2018-02-quantum-interactions-material.html

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China’s ancient worldview shines light on future of AI | Asia Times

http://www.atimes.com/chinas-ancient-world-view-shines-light-future-ai/

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ORIGIN OF LIFE: QUANTUM CHEMISTRY SOLVES ONE OF GENETICS’ BIGGEST MYSTERIES USING AMINO ACIDS FROM SPACE

For decades, scientists have tried to figure out why the genetic basis for life on Earth involved 20 key amino acids, when just 13 would have been enough to jump-start the evolution of all the proteins we’d need. Now, an international team of researchers has created a quantum chemistry model that explains what triggered the inclusion of […]

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Smith, Culberson: Space telescopes promise a universe of discovery – Houston Chronicle

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Groundbreaking experiment will test the limits of quantum theory

Professor Hendrik Ulbricht, of the University of Southampton, said: “The vast majority of phenomena and events that occur in our daily lives can be accounted for by the laws of physics established by Isaac Newton, but the microscopic world obeys the rules of quantum mechanics, which are so strange that they can seem counter-intuitive. “Whether […]

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Negative Mass Particles Created for the First Time

According to ExtremeTech, an exciton is a bound quantum state of an electron, a so-called “electron hole” where an electron could exist in the semiconductor. Interaction with the electron in its quantum state eventually resulted in the creation of a new quasiparticle, dubbed as polariton, that has negative mass. “By causing an exciton to give up some of its […]

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This USC physicist wants you to talk about science. His new graphic novel can get you started

Clifford Johnson wants you to talk about physics. Quantum gravity? String theory? The fate of black holes? All of it should be discussed, according to the theoretical high energy physicist from USC. That goes for everyone, even those of us who can’t tell a neutron from a neutrino. “People say ‘Ah, it’s not for me.’ […]

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7 quotes that show why you really need a physicist to speak at your funeral

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