Physics

SHINE software shows data using virtual reality

A new piece of free, online software, called SHINE3D, has been developed by researchers at CERN's NA61/SHINE experiment to show the physics data they're creating in 3-D.

'Fire-streaks' are created in collisions of atomic nuclei

At very high energies, the collision of massive atomic nuclei in an accelerator generates hundreds or even thousands of particles that undergo numerous interactions. Physicists at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, Poland, have shown that the course of this complex process can be represented by a surprisingly simple model: Extremely hot matter moves away from the impact point, stretching along the original flight path in streaks, and the further the streak is from the plane of the collision, the greater its velocity.

Liquid-crystal and bacterial living materials self-organize and move in their own way

Smart glass, transitional lenses and mood rings are not the only things made of liquid crystals; mucus, slug slime and cell membranes also contain them. Now, a team of researchers is trying to better understand how liquid crystals, combined with bacteria, form living materials and how the two interact to organize and move.

New understanding of superconductor's 'normal' state may help solve longstanding puzzle

Recent experiments have shed new light on the electronic properties of an unconventional topological superconductor material at temperatures 4°K above Tc.

World-first Proton CT images create a new vision for cancer treatment

An international team of scientists has produced the world's first computerised tomography (CT) images of biological tissue using protons – a momentous step towards improving the quality and feasibility of Proton Therapy for cancer sufferers around the world.

Rumors of inflationary theory's demise premature, researchers say

From the earliest human civilizations, people have looked to the heavens and pondered the origins of the stars and constellations above. Once, those stories involved gods and magical beings. Now, there's science, and a large research enterprise focused on understanding how the universe came to be.

The presence of 'rich clubs' is a matter of distance in networks

Recent research has revealed that during growth/evolution of networks, the emergence of "rich clubs," which are formed by high-degree hubs that are interconnected to each other more densely than expected, can be simply a matter of distance. The members of the club can easily utilize each other's spread-out system of connections.

New model of plasma stability could help researchers predict and avoid disruptions

Physicists have helped develop a new computer model of plasma stability in doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The new model incorporates recent findings gathered from related research efforts and simplifies the physics involved so computers can process the program more quickly. The model could help scientists predict when a plasma might become unstable and then avoid the underlying conditions.

Sound over silicon: Computing's wave of the future

With a combined $1.8 million from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the University of Arizona, materials science and engineering professor Pierre Deymier explores building a quantum computer that uses sound instead of quantum particles to process information.

Honeywell and NASA Fuse Hip-Hop and Physics to Inspire Middle School Students

Honeywell and NASA are bringing FMA Live! Forces in Motion, an award-winning hip-hop educational experience, to middle school students along the east coast this spring.

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