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Prof. Gerald Gabrielse
It’s possible that no one knows the electron as well as physicist Gerald Gabrielse. He once held one in a trap for ten months to measure the size of its internal magnet. When it disappeared, he searched for two days before accepting that it was gone. “You get kind of fond of your particles after a while,” he says...


A newly developed microscope is providing scientists with a greatly enhanced tool to study how neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease affect neuron communication...


Programming a computer is generally a fairly arduous process, involving hours of coding, not to mention the laborious work of debugging, testing, and documenting to make sure it works properly...


In the latest issue of Physical Review D, Mike Blake from MIT, Harvard physics postdoc Richard Davison, and Prof. Subir Sachdev describe their study of the thermal diffusivity DT in models of metals without quasiparticle excitations...


Quantum mechanics incorporates some very non-intuitive properties of matter. Quantum superposition, for example, allows an atom to be simultaneously in two different states with its spin axis pointed both up and down, or combinations in between...


Photo of Prof. Subir Sachdev
Prof. Subir Sachdev is a recipient of the 2018 Lars Onsager Prize "for his seminal contributions to the theory of quantum phase transitions, quantum magnetism, and fractionalized spin liquids, and for his leadership in the physics community."


artist's rendition of a wormhole
Physicists theorize that a new “traversable” kind of wormhole could resolve a baffling paradox and rescue information that falls into black holes...


Electrons and quasiparticles in solids could be trapped and moved using surface acoustic waves: see Katherine Wright, "Creating Electron Lattices with Sound Waves," Physics Oct 24, 2017.
https://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevX.7.041019.


example of Quon language
An article in the Nov-Dec 2017 issue of American Scientist on pictorial mathematical languages features the Quon Language created by Harvard mathematicians Zhengwei Liu, Alex Wozniakowski, and Arthur Jaffe: Read D. Silver, "The New Language of Mathematics".


Nature has a way of making complex shapes from a set of simple growth rules. The curve of a petal, the swoop of a branch, even the contours of our face are shaped by these processes. What if we could unlock those rules...


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