Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics

In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Major quantum computational breakthrough is shaking up physics and maths

Nobody expected that allowing more communication would make computational problems more reliable.

Ittay Weiss, Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth • conversation
Aug. 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Cracking the case of the missing molecules

When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~6 min

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What is the slowest thing on Earth?

Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katie McCormick, Postdoctoral Scholar of Physics, University of Washington • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

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Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Devs: explaining the philosophy at the centre of Alex Garland's mind-bending TV show

If every action spilts the universe into different versions, what does that mean for free will?

Benjamin Curtis, Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~6 min

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How growth of the scientific enterprise influenced a century of quantum physics

In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Team creates longest microwave quantum link yet

Physicists have demonstrated the longest-yet microwave quantum link. It spans five meters and could benefit future quantum computer networks.

Oliver Morsch-ETH Zurich • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~5 min

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Optical resonators turn transparency on and off

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.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Jan. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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