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Improving the science of teaching science
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Over the past few years, scientists have been working to transform education from the inside out, by applying findings from learning and memory research where they could do the most good, in the classroom. More


Viscous fingering allows fluid mixing in tight spaces
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Researchers have found that fluids can mix efficiently in confined spaces if the two components differ in viscosity. The microfluidic mechanism behind this is called viscous fingering, and it could see application in sectors which require extraction of fluids in tight spaces, such as gathering oil trapped in porous rock. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract. More

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Graphene may mimic the grain of space-time
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Could the structure of space and time be sketched out inside a cousin of plain old pencil lead? The atomic grid of graphene may mimic a lattice underlying reality, two physicists have claimed, an idea that could explain the curious spin of the electron. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract. More

The next computer: your genes
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A new proposal offers a way that the manipulation of DNA strands could be used to solve certain types of problems, including massive parallel calculations and other problems that are particularly challenging for conventional computers. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract More

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Missing physicist may have been jailed in Iran
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Concern is growing for a physics student who has been unjustly imprisoned in Iran since February, according to his colleagues. Omid Kokabee, an Iranian graduate student at the University of Texas in Austin, failed to return from a visit to Iran during the winter break. More

New from Taylor & Francis
A first step in developing a clean and sustainable future is to think differently about everyday products, in particular how they influence energy use. Green Nanotechnology: Solutions for Sustainability and Energy in the Built Environment, written by Geoffrey B. Smith and Claes-Goran S. Granqvist explores the science and technology of tiny structures that have a huge potential to improve quality of life while simultaneously achieving reductions in the use of fossil fuels. For more information, go to www.crcpress.com


Why Bayes rules: The history of a formula that drives modern life
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Google has a small fleet of robotic cars that since autumn have driven themselves for thousands of miles on the streets of northern California without once striking a pedestrian, running a stoplight or having to ask directions. The cars' ability to analyze enormous quantities of data - from cameras, radar sensors, laser-range finders - lies in the 18th-century math theorem known as Bayes' rule. More


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Beware Higgs impostors at the LHC
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New particles that mimic the long-sought Higgs boson may bamboozle physicists, who could spend years trying to confirm or rule out the possibility of an impostor, a new study warns. More



Physics, with wormholes by you
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Physics - the basic behavior of this particular reality - can be beautiful. Read Newton or Einstein. Or you could play Portal 2, the achingly brilliant new game from the Valve Corporation that wrings more fun out of physics than all of the shoot-'em-ups in the world. More
 
 

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