When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.
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Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.
June 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.
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If every action spilts the universe into different versions, what does that mean for free will?
April 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.
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So little is known about black holes and the image hints at a path to a higher-resolution image and more and better data.
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Physicists have demonstrated the longest-yet microwave quantum link. It spans five meters and could benefit future quantum computer networks.
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In the quantum realm, under some circumstances and with the right interference patterns, light can pass through opaque media. There's a new advance in this area.
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Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.
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Newly synthesized compound of iron and tin atoms in 1-to-1 ratio displays unique behavior.
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