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Graphene aerogel takes world’s lightest material crown

Graphene aerogel takes world’s lightest material crown | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Not even a year after it claimed the title of the world’s lightest material, aerographite has been knocked off its crown by a new aerogel made from graphene. Created by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering lab headed by Professor Gao Chao, the ultra-light aerogel has a density lower than that of helium and just twice that of hydrogen. Although first created in 1931 by American scientist and chemical engineer, Samuel Stephens Kistler, aerogels have recently become a hotly contested area of scientific research. A “multiwalled carbon nanotube (MCNT) aerogel” dubbed “frozen smoke” with a density of 4 mg/cm3 lost its world’s lightest material title in 2011 to a micro-lattice material with a density of 0.9 mg/cm3. Less than a year later, aerographite claimed the crown with its density of 0.18 mg/cm3. Now a new title-holder has been crowned, with the graphene aerogel created by Gao and his team boasting a density of just 0.16 mg/cm3.


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How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime

How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists have long sought to improve human life through lasers—otherwise known as "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"—since Albert Einstein first established the theoretical foundation for them in 1917.
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Need some of that on my van! Tip - if you do quote the technique make sure your spellchecker doesn't lose the 'n'.

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IBM's Watson supercomputer strives to be jack of all trades

IBM's Watson supercomputer strives to be jack of all trades | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Watson already has won a major TV game show, is looking for a cure for cancer and has ambitious gastronomy ambitions including devising a recipe for chocolate-beef burritos.
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Will soon be taking over from Sherlock by the sound of things!

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Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not

Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Astronomers watching galaxies collide found evidence of nongravitational forces that could suggest dark matter interacts with itself
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A 5th force again - maybe ;)

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Astrophysicist outlines astronomical costs of light pollution

Astrophysicist outlines astronomical costs of light pollution | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Light pollution is costing us hundreds of thousands of euro each year, as well as impacting environmental processes and affecting our health.
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Best Images Ever of Mercury's Scorched Surface

Best Images Ever of Mercury's Scorched Surface | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
As a spacecraft prepares a planned death plunge into the planet's surface, the mission has sent back some of the best images ever taken of Mercury
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Almost done.

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Researchers develop the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors

Researchers develop the first-ever quantum device that detects and corrects its own errors | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
When scientists develop a full quantum computer, the world of computing will undergo a revolution of sophistication, speed and energy efficiency that will make even our beefiest conventional machines seem like Stone Age clunkers by comparison.
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Environmental science ...... but not as we know it.

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Distant quasar spectrum reveals no sign of changes in mass ratio of proton and electron over 12 billion years

Distant quasar spectrum reveals no sign of changes in mass ratio of proton and electron over 12 billion years | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A team of space researchers working with data from the VLT in Chile has found via measuring the spectrum of a distant quasar by analyzing absorption lines in a galaxy in front of it, that there was no measurable change in the mass ratio of protons...
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Nothing new under the Sun .... very elegant measurement!

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Scientists Hunt for Mystery Particle Under a Mountain - Wall Street Journal

Scientists Hunt for Mystery Particle Under a Mountain - Wall Street Journal | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A mile under a mountain in the Italian village of Gran Sasso, scientists are seeking one of the smallest objects in the universe—and one of the biggest prizes in physics: a wimp. Gautam Naik visited the lab. Photo: Gran Sasso National Laboratory.
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Welcome to the dark side!

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What is 'bit rot' and is Vint Cerf right to be worried?

What is 'bit rot' and is Vint Cerf right to be worried? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Being able to access digital content in the coming decades could be less of an issue than one of the ‘fathers of the internet’ has implied.

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Hieroglyphics of the future. 

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How to Understand the Super Bowl—With Physics! - Wired

How to Understand the Super Bowl—With Physics! - Wired | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
If you need some physics to get you through the Super Bowl, here are three of my favorite aspects of the game.
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Isn't the ball the wrong shape though ;)

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Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing

Rice-sized laser, powered one electron at a time, bodes well for quantum computing | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. The tiny microwave laser, or 'maser,' is a demonstration of the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons.
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Food for thought.

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World's most powerful camera receives funding approval

World's most powerful camera receives funding approval | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Plans for the construction of the world's largest digital camera at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have reached a major milestone. The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe ...
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Fancy a camera the size of a small car?

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Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
What every beginner absolutely needs to know about the journey ahead

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A hero's journey - don't forget at the end of the day its only a toolbox - having a problem to solve is what keeps you going ;)

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Biologist advances cancer research with new data analysis techniques

Biologist advances cancer research with new data analysis techniques | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Patience and persistence are beginning to pay off for University of Montana Professor Mark Grimes, whose research about the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer recently was published by the Public Library of Science Computational Biology.
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Proper 'analytics'!

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Physicists discover quantum-mechanical monopoles

Physicists discover quantum-mechanical monopoles | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Researchers at Aalto University (Finland) and Amherst College have observed a point-like monopole in a quantum field itself for the first time. This discovery connects to important characteristics of the elusive monopole magnet.
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The search for the end of a magnet but not the end of the search!

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New Dark Matter Map Confirms Current Theories | Cocktail Party Physics, Scientific American Blog Network

New Dark Matter Map Confirms Current Theories | Cocktail Party Physics, Scientific American Blog Network | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The American Physical Society is holding its annual April Meeting at the moment in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the highlights, research-wise, comes to us courtesy ...
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In a galaxy near you.

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Mapping the Great British personality

Mapping the Great British personality | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A new survey has provided a snapshot of the country’s psychological landscape Continue reading...
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Dawn prepares for historic arrival at Ceres | NASASpaceFlight.com

Dawn prepares for historic arrival at Ceres | NASASpaceFlight.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is preparing for its historic arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres. With the completion of a multi-year mission and journey, Dawn will slip
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Dawn of a new era!

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Earth's other 'moon' and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system

Earth's other 'moon' and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
We all know and love the moon. We're so assured that we only have one that we don't even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the night sky, and amateur astronomers take great delight in mapping its craters and seas. To date, it is the only other heavenly body with human footprints.
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Yes - we actually have another moon!

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Space technology cools Paris commute

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The Paris Metro is one of the world's great underground railways, but for the last year and a half a cooling system developed by the European Space Agency has been making Trains on Metro Line One ...

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How about this for innovation! via @Rail Systems

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Is this going to be used in London?

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How to survive the desert of despair in your code-learning journey | Roberto Rocha

How to survive the desert of despair in your code-learning journey | Roberto Rocha | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

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Well said - think of design as an oasis ;)

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Moore’s Law Is About to Get Weird

Moore’s Law Is About to Get Weird | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

In the nearly 70 years since the first modern digital computer was built, the above specs have become all but synonymous with computing. But they need not be. A computer is defined not by a particular set of hardware, but by being able to take information as input; to change, or “process,” the information in some controllable way; and to deliver new information as output. This information and the hardware that processes it can take an almost endless variety of physical forms. Over nearly two centuries, scientists and engineers have experimented with designs that use mechanical gears, chemical reactions, fluid flows, light, DNA, living cells, and synthetic cells.

 

http://nautil.us/issue/21/information/moores-law-is-about-to-get-weird


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Bring on the analog computers!

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Comet shows off its 'goosebumps'

Comet shows off its 'goosebumps' | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists working on Europe's Rosetta mission say they may have found evidence for how comets are formed.
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Goosebumps, cracks and wind .... ;)

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How well can information be stored from the beginning to the end of time?

How well can information be stored from the beginning to the end of time? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—Information can never be stored perfectly. Whether on a CD, a hard disk drive, or a piece of papyrus, technological imperfections create noise that limits the preservation of information over time.
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Don't panic - looks like all those dodgy photos of you will eventually be destroyed!

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