Transparent Aluminum Is ‘New State Of Matter’


Experimental set-up at the FLASH laser used to discover the new state of matter

Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

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Physics Of Bumpy Roads: What Makes Roads Ripple Like A Washboard?


Bighorn sheep

A 700-mile security wall under construction along the United States’ border with Mexico could significantly alter the movement and “connectivity” of wildlife, biologists say, and the animals’ potential isolation is a threat to populations of some species.

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Blackest Black Ever: Ultra-thin Material Absorbs Almost 100% Of Light


How much light is reflected and how much is absorbed depends on two factors

It appears to be a paradox: ultra-thin material that absorbs all the incident light. Nonetheless, it does exist.

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First Electronic Quantum Processor Created


The two-qubit processor is the first solid-state quantum processor that resembles a conventional computer chip and is able to run simple algorithms

A team led by Yale University researchers has created the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, taking another step toward the ultimate dream of building a quantum computer.

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Magnetic Super-atoms Discovered


magnetic superatoms that mimic a manganese atom

A team of Virginia Commonwealth University scientists has discovered a ‘magnetic superatom’ – a stable cluster of atoms that can mimic different elements of the periodic table – that one day may be used to create molecular electronic devices for the next generation of faster computers with larger memory storage.

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New Chemical Element In The Periodic Table



The target wheel is equipped with thin lead foil.

The element 112, discovered at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (Centre for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt, has been officially recognized as a new element by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). IUPAC confirmed the recognition of element 112 in an official letter to the head of the discovering team, Professor Sigurd Hofmann. The letter furthermore asks the discoverers to propose a name for the new element.

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Breakthrough In Quantum Control Of Light



Implications For Banking, Drug Design, And More

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have recently demonstrated a breakthrough in the quantum control of photons, the energy quanta of light. This is a significant result in quantum computation, and could eventually have implications in banking, drug design, and other applications.

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