Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy heat quantum-physics vacuum

Something funky happens to metal melting point under pressure

The melting point of metals usually goes up under pressure, but it may actually go down with about 300,000 times the pressure of Earth's atmosphere.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology melting metals pressure quantum-physics temperature

‘Quantum microphone’ can count individual particles of sound

A new "quantum microphone," the most sensitive in the world, is so precise it can measure single particles of sound, called phonons.

Ker Than-Stanford | July 25, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers quantum-physics sounds

Quantum control with light paves way for ultra-fast computers

A new method of controlling quantum properties with light could help scientists "create crazy-fast quantum computers by nudging supercurrents."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers light quantum-physics superconductors

The ‘arrow of time’ (mostly) moves forward in quantum systems

New experiments with "movies" of quantum systems show that they follow the second law of thermodynamics—most of the time, that is.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | July 15, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

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Stacked 2D materials reveal exotic quantum states

Double-layer stacks of graphene show off some new quantum physics scientists haven't observed before.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | July 1, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology nanotechnology physics quantum-physics

Quantum bit communication breaks distance record

Two new studies show quantum bits connecting over the longest distance ever and also via sound.

Louise Lerner-Chicago | May 8, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology quantum-computers quantum-mechanics quantum-physics qubits sound

2D platform could enable mass production of quantum bits

A new platform could lead to quantum bits that are both stable and mass producible, paving the way for quantum computers.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen | April 28, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers nanotechnology quantum-physics

Tiny component may be able to reach ‘quantum supremacy’

A new nanocompnent that's less than one-tenth the width of a human hair could pave the way for quantum computers or even a quantum internet.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen | April 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers internet light physics quantum-physics

Physics fight: Theoretical or experimental?

Check out this video to hear physicists go head-to-head over which is better: theoretical or experimental physics.

Boston University | April 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology competition dark-matter physics quantum-physics research science

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