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'One of the botanical wonders of the world': Giant waterlily grown at Kew Gardens named new to science A new paper, published today in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, outlines a new botanical discovery in the genus Victoria, the famous giant waterlily genus named after Britain's Queen Victoria in 1852. Until now, there have only been two known species of giant waterlily, the new species makes it three. Specimens of the new species, Victoria boliviana, have been sitting in Kew's Herbarium for 177 years and in the National Herbarium of Bolivia for 34 years. During this time, it was commonly believed to be Victoria amazonica.
Large Hadron Collider revs up to unprecedented energy level Ten years after it discovered the Higgs boson, the Large Hadron Collider is about to start smashing protons together at unprecedented energy levels in its quest to reveal more secrets about how the universe works.
Male dogs four times more likely to develop contagious cancer on nose or mouth than females A new study has found that male dogs are four to five times more likely than female dogs to be infected with the oro-nasal form of Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumor.
Knowing the Earth's energy imbalance is critical in preventing global warming, study finds The imbalance of energy on Earth is the most important metric in order to gauge the size and effects of climate change, according to a new study published today in the first issue of Environmental Research: Climate.
Researchers use AI to detect new family of genes in gut bacteria Using artificial intelligence, UT Southwestern researchers have discovered a new family of sensing genes in enteric bacteria that are linked by structure and probably function, but not genetic sequence. The findings, published in PNAS, offer a new way of identifying the role of genes in unrelated species and could lead to new ways to fight intestinal bacterial infections.
Keeping the energy in the room It may seem like technology advances year after year, as if by magic. But behind every incremental improvement and breakthrough revolution is a team of scientists and engineers hard at work.
Study: How placentas evolved in mammals The fossil record tells us about ancient life through the preserved remains of body parts like bones, teeth and turtle shells. But how to study the history of soft tissues and organs, which can decay quickly, leaving little evidence behind?
Bringing Exoplanets into View
Author(s): Katherine Wright
An updated photon detector has a simpler design and higher resolving power than similar devices, opening the way for its use in detecting exoplanets.
[Physics 15, s87] Published Fri Jul 01, 2022
Higgs Boson: The Cosmic Glyph
To mark the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, the poet Amy Catanzano celebrates the Higgs in verse.
[Physics 15, 99] Published Fri Jul 01, 2022
The Era of Higgs Physics
Author(s): Dan Garisto
Ten years of Higgs physics have revealed how much more there is to learn about the mysterious particle.
[Physics 15, 98] Published Fri Jul 01, 2022
Defects Control Silica’s Viscosity
Author(s): Rachel Berkowitz
The quirky temperature dependence of liquid silica’s viscosity comes from the liquid equivalent of crystal defects, according to new simulations.
[Physics 15, s86] Published Thu Jun 30, 2022
A Particle is Born: Making the Higgs Famous
Author(s): Michael Schirber
Science communicators had a field day with the 2012 Higgs discovery, as it offered a chance to energize the public about fundamental physics research.
[Physics 15, 97] Published Thu Jun 30, 2022
A Step Closer to Detecting Ancient Neutrinos
Author(s): Allison Gasparini
Using radioactive tritium, scientists improve laboratory constraints on the overdensity signal of cosmic relic neutrinos by a factor of 100, an advance that should improve the chances of spotting this elusive particle.
[Physics 15, s85] Published Wed Jun 29, 2022
Tiny nanoturbine is an autonomous machine smaller than most bacteria A turbine only a few dozen nanometres in size built from DNA rotates in salty water without having to be pushed, which makes it a tiny autonomous machine. It could be used to speed up chemical reactions or transport particles inside cells
Mirror Image Pinpoints a Nanoparticle’s Position
Author(s): Rachel Berkowitz
A scattered laser beam’s interaction with itself creates a motion-detection method precise enough to determine whether a trapped particle is in its ground state.
[Physics 15, s89] Published Tue Jun 28, 2022
Ten years after the Higgs discovery, what now for particle physics? After the Higgs, the Large Hadron Collider was expected to find other theorised particles. It didn’t, but particle physicists are optimistic about a new era of experiment-led exploration
Antibubbles have been made to last a record-breaking 13 hours Shaking antibubbles – droplets of liquid encased in a thin layer of air – prevents them from popping for several hours. These could be used in chemical engineering in the future
Elusive exotic matter called a tetraneutron possibly seen in the lab Twenty years ago, researchers saw hints of the existence of a type of exotic matter made of four neutrons. Now, researchers have found the clearest evidence it exists yet
Physicists work out exactly when a fruit display will fall down Computer simulations reveal the precise conditions when removing an orange from a display would cause a fruit avalanche
3D rabbit 'hologram' created by levitating screen using sound waves Sound waves can be used to keep an object hovering in the air, and a new technique works even in crowded spaces
Watch this strange fluid act like a solid and liquid at the same time Physicists have used high-speed cameras to see a drop of an odd fluid both solidify and keep flowing when it falls and hits the ground
Physicists beat Lorentz reciprocity for microwave transmission New device could boost telecommunications and be adapted for photonics
Japan’s SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together
Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel New material is made by compressing treated wood
Three photons bind together to make a ‘molecule’ of light Technique could be used to create quantum-information systems
Nuclear excitation by electron capture seen at long last Breakthrough could lead to new type of energy source
Pistachio trees 'talk' to their neighbours, reveals statistical physics Ising model could account for nut production of pistachio orchards
US National Science Foundation clamps down on misconduct Agency will now require every grantee organization to report cases of sexual harassment