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Tiny spikes give bird of paradise its super-black feathers
Specialized structures absorb up to 99.95% of incident light (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 23, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Quantum mechanics provides new insights into active fluids
Physicists discover connection between self-propelling particles and spin-orbit coupling (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 22, 2018 Category: Physics Authors: Sam Jarman Source Type: news

Neutron anomaly might point to dark matter
"Dark decay" could leave traces in existing experiments (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 20, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Intel unveils 49-qubit superconducting chip
Quantum processor named after Alaska ’s Tangled Lakes (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 19, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Quadrupole topological insulator created in mechanical metamaterial
Vibrations point the way to 'corner states' (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 18, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

X-ray ‘GPS’ unveiled by NASA
System could use pulsars to guide spacecraft (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 18, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Chemists gear-up for 2019 International Year of the Periodic Table
UNESCO will celebrate 150th anniversary of iconic chart of the elements (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 18, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Neutrons fly left or right depending on size of colliding nuclei
Outcome of collision determined by electromagnetic and strong forces (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 17, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Optical ‘astrocomb’ could boost searches for Earth-like planets
Microresonator cavity operates at frequencies needed to make extremely precise observations (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 16, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Quantum gravity could be probed by entangled masses
Physicists revisit thought experiment proposed by Richard Feynman (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 16, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

How forests could limit earthquake damage to buildings
Calculations show that rows of trees can block Love waves (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 13, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

‘Quantum radio’ could improve communications in difficult environments
Atom magnetometers could boost GPS performance (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 12, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Bacteria engineered to have ultrasound signature
Gas vesicles make microbes stand-out in images (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 12, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

European astroparticle physicists release 10-year vision
Astroparticle Physics European Consortium calls for increased spending on future facilities (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 11, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Water supercooled to record-breaking low temperature
New optical technique improves accuracy of temperature measurements (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 11, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

New Los Alamos boss insists US national security remains top focus for the lab
Geophysicist Terry Wallace takes over at Los Alamos National Laboratory (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 10, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Wandering stars could reveal gravitational waves from supermassive black holes
Ultralow-frequency signals could be lurking in Gaia observations (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 9, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Quantum Hall effect in 4D is created in the lab
Optical and atomic experiments synthesize extra dimensions (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 9, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Boost needed for space-based Earth observation, say US academics
US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine plot course for next decade (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 9, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Supercooled water could exist in two liquid phases
X-ray scattering experiment suggests coexistence of high and low-density states (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 6, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Neutrons probe gravity ’s inverse square law
Spallation-based experiment sets new limits at very short distances (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 5, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Gold spheres feel the Casimir force
Experiment could lead to better MEMS devices (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 4, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Wave attenuation hints at nature of Earth ’s asthenosphere
Low viscosity layer enables plate tectonics, but its cause remains unconfirmed (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - January 2, 2018 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Can Bose-Einstein condensates simulate cosmic inflation?
Cosmic analogue made by shaking ultracold gas (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 28, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Can Bose –Einstein condensates simulate cosmic inflation?
Cosmic analogue made by shaking ultracold gas (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 28, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

The world of physics in 2018
Our predictions of the key events that will shape physics in the coming year (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 22, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

The world of physics in 2017
Our predictions of the key events that will shape physics in the coming year (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 21, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Integrated circuits could make quantum computers scalable
Devices incorporating millions of silicon spin qubits could be achieved using commonplace manufacturing technology (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 20, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

2017 in sights and sounds
Video and podcast highlights from the year (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 20, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

‘Water cloak’ uses electromagnetic waves to eliminate turbulence
System could boost fuel efficiency of ships (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 19, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Controversial Italian neutrino experiment gains support online
Activists claim possible water contamination from radioactive source to be installed at Gran Sasso (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 19, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Images of 2017 in physics
From non-Newtonian frog saliva to magnetic mountains: a visual review of the world of physics (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 16, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Luminescent paint makes LiFi networks more secure
Phosphorescent surfaces could even transmit after light source switched off (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 15, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Ultrasound imaging from a single large sensor
New technique could leader to faster, smaller and cheaper imagers (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 15, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Electric eel inspires new power source
Device could run medical implants (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 14, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Inferior by Angela Saini wins Physics World ’s 2017 Book of the Year
Inferior by Angela Saini is our choice for the year ’s best popular-science book, owing to its impartial and detailed analysis of the bias that has beset scientific research on women for over a century (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 13, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

CERN-MEDICIS produces first medical isotopes
New Geneva-based facility makes terbium-155 for research use (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 13, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Space debris threat to geosynchronous satellites has been drastically underestimated
Collisions could occur much more often– and at higher velocities– than previously assumed (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 13, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Shadows of Saturn's rings complicate ionosphere
New insights revealed by Cassini probe's close approaches (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 12, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

First multimessenger observation of a neutron-star merger is Physics World 2017 Breakthrough of the Year
International collaboration of astronomers and astrophysicists that ushered in new era of astronomy tops our list of the 10 key breakthroughs in physics this year (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 12, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Continuous atom laser one step closer, say physicists
New way of cooling atoms is unveiled (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 8, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Gyrated dice achieve perfect packing
A twist in the tale of granular compaction (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 7, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Qubits transferred between atomic gas and a crystal
System uses optical fibre and three different photons (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 5, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Kepler and Newton help solve mystery of how some algae swim
Biophysicists identify “universal law” of microbe motion (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 5, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Theorists identify stable tetraquark
Particle with two bottom quarks could be seen at CERN (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 2, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Gravitational effect reveals earthquake magnitude
Secondary waves induced ahead of the primary wavefront carry additional information (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 1, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

UK Catapults fall short, claims review of technology innovation centres
Independent analysis calls for a halt to any new centres until “significant progress” is made (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - November 30, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Quantum simulators shed new light on magnetic phase transitions
Separate experiments use ions and Rydberg atoms for qubits (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - November 30, 2017 Category: Physics Authors: Tim Wogan Source Type: news

Simple swimmer could drive tiny robots
Flash Physics: need-to-know updates from the world of physics (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - November 29, 2017 Category: Physics Authors: Hamish Johnston Source Type: news

European physicists call for 'urgent' completion of nuclear facility
Facility for Anti-Proton and Ion Research in Germany should be built "without further delays" (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - November 28, 2017 Category: Physics Authors: Michael Banks Source Type: news