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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.

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...

photos of Prof. Markus Greiner and Dr. Susanne Yelin
Congratulations to Prof. Markus Greiner and Dr. Susanne Yelin for becoming 2017 Fellows of the American Physical Society!

Sketching Big Data
Wed, Oct 25 2017 @7:00pm
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When a wavelength of light moves through a material, its crests and troughs get condensed or stretched, depending on the properties of the material. How much the crests of a light wave are condensed is expressed as a ratio called the refractive index...

Research found that altering the volume of a cell changed its internal dynamics, including the rigidness of the matrix lining the outer surface. In stem cells, removing water condenses the cell, influencing the stem cells to become stiff pre-bone cells...

Like a string of pearls, the spine is made of a series of similar vertebrae. A so-called segmentation clock creates this repetitive arrangement in developing embryos: Each time the clock ticks, a vertebra starts to form...

A future quantum computer might use photonic qubits to move information around, but the qubits need to be transferred to a stationary medium such as atoms to perform computations. Given the weakness of the light-matter interaction, the transfer often requires a large ensemble of atoms, which can collectively take on a single photonic qubit...


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