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NASA renames faraway ice world 'Arrokoth' after backlash Ultima Thule, the farthest cosmic body ever visited by a spacecraft, has been officially renamed Arrokoth, or "sky" in the Native American Powhatan and Algonquian languages, following a significant backlash over the old name's Nazi connotations.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 9:53 pm
Some hoppy news: Hops don't need to go dormant in order to flower The explosion of craft brewing across the globe has created an insatiable demand for hops—the fragrant green flowers that impart beers with those distinctive, crisp, bitter flavors.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 9:48 pm
New technology could help law enforcement detect smaller amounts of fentanyl with a higher degree of accuracy Two years ago, Cambridge Police Detective Sgt. Louis Cherubino got a call from a needle exchange program in Central Square.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 9:47 pm
National parks a boost to mental health worth trillions: study Spending time outdoors is long understood to offer mental health perks, including reduced stress, improved sleep and enhanced cognition.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 8:12 pm
Bats don't rely on gut bacteria the way humans do Right now, there are trillions of bacteria living in your gut, making up about one percent of your body weight. They're supposed to be there—we need them to help us digest food and fight off diseases. The same is true for most mammals; in general, just about every mammal from dogs to dolphins relies on a community of helpful bacteria, called a microbiome, living inside them for health and survival. Many animals have even evolved along with their gut bacteria to better work together, to the point that closely related host species typically share more similar microbiomes. But a new study has identified one group of mammals that seems to buck that trend: bats. A new paper in mSystems reveals that the microbiomes of closely-related bats can be totally different from each other, which suggests that having a community of helpful gut bacteria may not be so important for this already eccentric group of mammals.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 8:10 pm
New research finds carbon nanotubes show a love/hate relationship with water Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are valuable for a wide variety of applications. Made of graphene sheets rolled into tubes 10,000 times smaller than a human hair, CNTs have an exceptional strength-to-mass ratio and excellent thermal and electrical properties. These features make them ideal for a range of applications, including supercapacitors, interconnects, adhesives, particle trapping and structural color.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 8:07 pm
Study reveals breach of 'dancing' barrier governs crystal growth While crystals have been studied for centuries and are ubiquitous in daily life—they are in our bones, the food we eat and the batteries we use—scientists still don't fully understand how crystals grow or how to efficiently manufacture them. As a result, scientific efforts to improve a wide range of crystalline materials, from self-healing biomaterials to solar panels, have been limited.
https://phys.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 8:06 pm
Synopsis: A New Negative Ion Takes the Cooling Spotlight

Measurements of the electron binding energy in the negative thorium ion suggest that it may be a good candidate for laser cooling.

[Physics] Published Tue Nov 12, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 12 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Viewpoint: Soft Metal Gains Hulk-Like Strength

Author(s): Arianna E. Gleason

When rapidly compressed to planetary-core pressures, lead—a soft metal—becomes 10 times stronger than high-grade steel.

[Physics 12, 125] Published Mon Nov 11, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 11 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Focus: Filtering Atoms by Their Spin

Author(s): Matteo Rini

A spin filter for cold atoms might be used as a testbed for spintronic devices and for searches for Majorana fermions.  

[Physics 12, 124] Published Fri Nov 08, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 8 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Synopsis: Squeezing an Electron Crystal

Researchers have determined the energy required to add an electron to a Wigner crystal—an ordered crystalline state made of electrons rather than atoms.

[Physics] Published Thu Nov 07, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 7 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Don’t miss: Art meets science, atoms find love and numbers grow curves This week, see scientifically informed art in New York, discover our atomic past and wrap your mind round calculus with the help of some bad drawings
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 6 November 2019 | 7:00 pm
Synopsis: Noisy Synchrotron? Machine Learning Has the Answer

Machine-learning algorithms could allow researchers to substantially reduce unwanted fluctuations in the widths of the electron beams produced at synchrotrons.

[Physics] Published Wed Nov 06, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 6 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Synopsis: A Biological Cell As a Chemical Sensor

A new theoretical model predicts a fundamental limit to how finely attuned a cell can be to its biochemical surroundings.

[Physics] Published Tue Nov 05, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 5 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Feature: Open Mic for Vietnamese Physicists

Physics asked a number of scientists from Vietnam about their thoughts on physics in their home country.

[Physics 12, 122] Published Mon Nov 04, 2019

http://physics.aps.org/, posted on 4 November 2019 | 11:00 am
Tactical voting campaign says maths can solve the UK's political mess A site designed to help voters who want to stop Brexit has come under fire for its recommendations, but the group behind it say it is backed by statistics
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 1 November 2019 | 4:09 pm
Einstein killed the aether. Now the idea is back to save relativity The luminiferous aether has become a byword for failed ideas. Now it is being revived to explain dark matter and dark energy, and potentially unify physics
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 30 October 2019 | 7:00 pm
Timeline: A brief history of quantum computing from 1980 to 2100 Here are the key milestones in the history of quantum computing, as well as New Scientist's predictions for the future 
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 29 October 2019 | 6:27 pm
AI could solve baffling three-body problem that stumped Isaac Newton The three-body problem has vexed mathematicians and physicists for 300 years, but AI can find solutions far faster than any other method anyone has come up with
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 29 October 2019 | 2:16 pm
Quantum supremacy: What can we do with a quantum computer? Quantum computers could be used to crack open chemistry's most elusive problems or help to create new medicines
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 28 October 2019 | 6:41 pm
Quantum supremacy: Will quantum computers break the internet for good? Google’s claims of quantum supremacy have some people worried that the internet is now broken. Here's what the development actually means for cybersecurity
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/physics/feed/content/, posted on 28 October 2019 | 6:28 pm
Physicists beat Lorentz reciprocity for microwave transmission New device could boost telecommunications and be adapted for photonics
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 22 February 2018 | 3:27 pm
Japan’s SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 21 February 2018 | 3:45 pm
Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel New material is made by compressing treated wood
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 21 February 2018 | 3:10 pm
Three photons bind together to make a ‘molecule’ of light Technique could be used to create quantum-information systems
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 20 February 2018 | 5:06 pm
Nuclear excitation by electron capture seen at long last Breakthrough could lead to new type of energy source
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 20 February 2018 | 2:55 pm
Pistachio trees 'talk' to their neighbours, reveals statistical physics Ising model could account for nut production of pistachio orchards
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 19 February 2018 | 4:43 pm
US National Science Foundation clamps down on misconduct Agency will now require every grantee organization to report cases of sexual harassment
http://physicsworld.com/cws/channel/news, posted on 15 February 2018 | 12:57 pm