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

Tags: science-technology physics chemistry quantum-computing nature graduate-school-of-arts-and-sciences caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics lasers kang-kuen-ni molecules chemical-reaction potassium-rubidium quantum-control ultracold yu-liu

In a photo of a black hole, a possible key to mysteries

So little is known about black holes and the image hints at a path to a higher-resolution image and more and better data.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: science-technology physics astrophysics space astronomy black-hole einstein center-for-astrophysics peter-galison caitlin-mcdermott-murphy quantum-mechanics black-hole-initiative alexander-lupsasca andrew-strominger michael-johnson space-time theory-of-relativity

New evidence that shows how the brain makes decisions

New technology helps dissect how the brain ignores or acts on information

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Feb. 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  neuroscience  attention  electricity  basic-research  neurons  chemistry-and-chemical-biology  science  adam-cohen  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  engineering-technology  optogenetics  sensory-overload

Astrophysicist works to make science understandable

Harvard’s educational mission is bringing the universe’s strangest creation to the world, as short videos about black holes have been seen by millions.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Jan. 28, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  black-hole  alvin-powell  science-education  alex-rosenthal  black-hole-initiative  center-for-astrophysics-harvard-smithsonian  fabio-pacucci  teded  video

Largest gaseous structure ever seen in our galaxy is discovered

Astronomers at Harvard have discovered a monolithic, wave-shaped gaseous structure — the largest ever seen in our galaxy — and dubbed it the “Radcliffe Wave."

Mary Todd Bergman • harvard
Jan. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  goulds-belt  alyssa-goodman  astrophysical-journal  milky-way-galaxy  radcliffe-wave  worldwide-telescope

Ultracold environment offers a first look at a chemical reaction

Harvard researchers have performed the coldest reaction in the known universe by capturing a chemical reaction in its most critical and elusive act.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
Dec. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  chemistry  quantum-computing  science  caitlin-mcdermott-murphy  quantum-mechanics  lasers  kang-kuen-ni  molecules  chemical-reaction  ming-guang-hu  potassium-rubidium  quantum-control  ultracold

Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  quantum-computing  condensed-matter-physics  department-of-physics  exotic-physics  harris-pirie  jenny-hoffman  nature-physics  samarium-hexaboride  topological-insulators

New laser hits mark on cancer imaging to airport security

Harvard researchers have developed a totally new type of laser that can reach terahertz frequencies offering short-range, high-bandwidth wireless communications, very-high-resolution radar, and spectroscopy.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Nov. 15, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  engineering  physics  electromagnetic-spectrum  federico-capasso  laser  terahertz-frequencies  tunable-terahertz-laser

How humans’ sense of ‘intuitive physics’ touches fictional worlds

A Harvard study is exploring the way humans’ sense of “intuitive physics” of the real world leaves fingerprints on the fictional universes we create.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Nov. 14, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  physics  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  fiction  fictional-worlds  frogs  imagination  intuitive-physics  intuitive-psychology  levitating  levitating-frogs  magic  stone  tomer-ullman  turn-to-stone  ullman

Evolution more complex than ‘survival of the fittest’ had us believe

By re-barcoding the DNA of yeast, researchers were able to follow evolution for approximately 1,000 generations, finding surprises along the way.

Clea Simon • harvard
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  science-technology  dna  evolution  physics  yeast  organismic-and-evolutionary-biology  alex-n-nguyen-ba  barcoding  ivana-cvijovic  michael-desai

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