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So you may have heard about a helium shortage. Helium is indeed so light that it can float up and out of Earth’s atmosphere—but that’s not the real problem. The trouble, says a new report, is actually political, a string of bad decisions that threw helium...

source: Wired

A group of physicists in the U.K. has made a programmable photonic circuit that can be used to carry out any kind of linear optics operation. The researchers say that the device provides experimental proof of a long-standing theory in quantum information, and could help...

source: Physics World

“Weakest” is rarely a superlative worth celebrating, but experiments began this summer in a room with the weakest magnetic field in our solar system—and scientists are excited. Built by physicists at the Technical University of Munich, the room achieves...

source: Scientific American

After a decade-long journey by the New Horizons spacecraft through our solar system, we can finally add Pluto and its main moon Charon to the roster of large icy bodies whose landscapes we have seen. And it was worth the wait. The first...

source: Scientific American

Scientists have proposed a new family of structures that are three-dimensional variations of graphene, the simplest example of which is called a "hyper-honeycomb." Among its interesting properties, the hyper-honeycomb could potentially...

source: PhysOrg

Jeremy England, a rising star in the world of physics, has made quite a stir with his ideas about the meaning of life. In a nutshell, England argues that while disorder in the universe tends to increase over time, living things harness energy around them to create order...

source: Forbes


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