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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

Fusion milestone passed at US lab | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.


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Stonehenge in your city

Stonehenge in your city | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
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Maybe the answer to those strange things that happen in your house! Check your alignment with the solstices.

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Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth’s oceans

Rosetta fuels debate on origin of Earth’s oceans | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapour from its target comet to be significantly different to that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate on the origin of our planet’s oceans.
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It's water Jim but not as we know it.

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You Can Only Win The Future If You Invest In It

You Can Only Win The Future If You Invest In It | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Investment in science and basic research made America the most innovative nation on earth.  That legacy is now under attack.
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Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules and Half a Foot of Dust

Philae Lander Early Science Results: Ice, Organic Molecules and Half a Foot of Dust | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
An uncontrolled, chaotic landing.  Stuck in the shadow of a cliff without energy-giving sunlight.  Philae and team persevered.  With just 60 hours of b
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Last one - the instrument pack - and how they performed. Clearly they should have landed on the top of the comet ;)

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DLR Portal - News - Churyumov-Gerasimenko – hard ice and organic molecules

DLR Portal - News - Churyumov-Gerasimenko – hard ice and organic molecules | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Before going into hibernation at 01:36 CET on 15 November 2014, the Philae lander was able to conduct some work using power supplied by its primary battery. With its 10 instruments, the mini laboratory sniffed the atmosphere, drilled, hammered and studied Comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko while over 500 million kilometres from Earth.
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Summary of Philae science so far - and, no, its not that DLR ;)

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How Does Rosetta’s Comet Compare with Alpine Mountains?

How Does Rosetta’s Comet Compare with Alpine Mountains? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Image credit: M. Pössel/HdA using an image from ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM.
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The size of a mountain and tomorrows the day!

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At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law

At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Systems of many interacting components — be they species, integers or subatomic particles — kept producing the same statistical curve, which had become known as the Tracy-Widom distribution. This puzzling curve seemed to be the complex cousin of the familiar bell curve, or Gaussian distribution, which represents the natural variation of independent random variables like the heights of students in a classroom or their test scores. Like the Gaussian, the Tracy-Widom distribution exhibits “universality,” a mysterious phenomenon in which diverse microscopic effects give rise to the same collective behavior. “The surprise is it’s as universal as it is,” said Tracy, a professor at the University of California, Davis.

 

http://www.quantamagazine.org/20141015-at-the-far-ends-of-a-new-universal-law/


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Possibly a lesson for the 'Big Data' analytics you intent to perform, when you have the time!

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Damien Thouvenin's curator insight, October 29, 10:15 AM

Un article intéressant : la courbe de fréquence d'apparition d'un état dans un réseau interconnectant de nombreux éléments (de nombreux systèmes complexes donc) ne suit pas la fameuse courbe de Gauss mais plutôt celle, asymétrique, de la distribution Tracy-Widom. Le modèle a été prouvé pour un certain nombre de cas mais on ne sait pas encore identifier les critères nécessaires et suffisants à son apparition mais cela semble corroborer les effets de seuil que l'on constate dans les réseaux massivement interconnectés.

 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, November 2, 6:38 AM

A new powerful law. Curiosly very similar to the profile of the quantity of retweets on Twitter.

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App can detect cosmic rays on your phone

App can detect cosmic rays on your phone | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
University of California scientists say a giant detector could be made by combining smartphones around the world. These could then alert scientists when cosmic rays (illustrated) hit our planet.
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Crazy - your phone is now a particle physics detector!

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Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle

Unlocking Big Data: Lessons Learned From The God Particle | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
It’s a puzzle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a symphony. It’s the Higgs boson, the so-called God particle, the greatest physics find of the
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A fitting (sorry) off-beat (sorry) but thought provoking article to commemorate Prof Fred Loebinger's retirement yesterday (my PhD supervisor). Scary. #UoM #ManchesterUniversity #FredLegendLoebinger 

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Scientists plan on turning the Moon into a giant particle detector

Scientists plan on turning the Moon into a giant particle detector | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientist at the University of Southampton, with the help of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, hope to use the Moon to detect the most energ...
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Shooting stars gone mad ...

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First Quantum Logic Operation For An Integrated Photonic Chip | MIT Technology Review

First Quantum Logic Operation For An Integrated Photonic Chip | MIT Technology Review | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The first teleportation of a photon inside a photonic chip illustrates both the potential for quantum computation and the significant challenges that lay ahead.
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How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature

How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

The Western Ghats in India rise like a wall between the Arabian Sea and the heart of the subcontinent to the east. The 1,000-mile-long chain of coastal mountains is dense with lush rainforest and grasslands, and each year, clouds bearing monsoon rains blow in from the southwest and break against the mountains’ flanks, unloading water that helps make them hospitable to numerous spectacular and endangered species. The Western Ghats are one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. They were also the first testing ground of an unusual new theory in ecology that applies insights from physics to the study of the environment.


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MaxEnt - physics meets ecology.

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How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature

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Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in Mars orbit after 442m-mile journey

Nasa's Maven spacecraft arrives in Mars orbit after 442m-mile journey | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists hope Maven will find clues to the planets early history, including the possibility of harbouring life Continue reading...
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Here's hoping it lives up to it's name.

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How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs

How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed, bubbles immediately form and then rapidly begin the process of 'coarsening,' in which larger bubbles grow at the expense of smaller ones.
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Next time you pop a cork!

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First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm - tech - 26 November 2014 - New Scientist

First digital animal will be perfect copy of real worm - tech - 26 November 2014 - New Scientist | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Next year the world's first digital animal will be born inside a computer. Could its descendants be conscious?
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Roboworm....

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Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries

Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A recently discovered form of carbon graphite – the material in pencil lead – has turned out to have a completely unexpected property which could revolutionise the development of green energy and electric cars.
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Doomed comet lander delivered harvest of science

Doomed comet lander delivered harvest of science | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Elation and disappointment as lander goes into early hibernation, curtailing experiments
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The 'big bounce' - last but one paragraph - high D-H ratio in comet atmosphere may indicate main water delivery mechanism for Earth.

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Quantum Computers: The End of Cryptography?

Quantum Computers: The End of Cryptography? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Quantum computing is one of those technologies that's so arcane that TV characters name drop it when they want to sound smart.
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So - how do they work?

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Astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

Astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole.
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No fireworks this year :(

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You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really…

You’re powered by quantum mechanics. No, really… | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Biologists have long been wary of applying quantum theory to their own field. But, as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden reveal, it might explain much natural phenomena
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Some days it shows!

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Gargantuan $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii - ExtremeTech

Gargantuan $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii - ExtremeTech | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The Thirty Meter Telescope is designed to filter out the distortions of the atmosphere to provide images more like what we currently get from space telescopes. After some delays in planning, the TMT is finally under construction in Hawaii.

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Aloha - hopefully?

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics - Press Release | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Nobelprize.org, The Official Web Site of the Nobel Prize
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... and helping save the planet.

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Science explains why volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now

Science explains why volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
There may actually be such a thing as "volcano season." (Science explains why volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now (@rwylie9): http://t.co/DWjSfSNon6)...

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Kapo Trading Company's curator insight, September 30, 12:56 PM

Cause mother nature ain't happy ...

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The essence of complexity! 

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Upcoming MOOCs from the Santa Fe Institute

Upcoming MOOCs from the Santa Fe Institute | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Introduction to ComplexityNonlinear Dynamics:  Mathematical and Computational Approaches  Mathematics for Complex Systems All begin on September 29th, enroll at http://www.complexityexplorer.org See it on Scoop.it, via CxAnnouncements...

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An excellent primer for sure - well done to Melanie and team in producing this series.

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