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The Perfect Game The World Forgot

The story of the best physics game ever made. And what the modern gaming world can learn from The Fight of the Sumo Hoppers .
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Roger Highfield on science writing: 'Grab them with your first sentence'

Roger Highfield on science writing: 'Grab them with your first sentence' | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Our blog to accompany the 2013 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize asks top science writers about their craft.
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The Science and Art of the Diagrams: Culturing Physics and Mathematics, Part 1 | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

The Science and Art of the Diagrams: Culturing Physics and Mathematics, Part 1 | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
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Thinking diagrammatically as a way of conceptualizing our world has been in existence from the moment the first cave-person picked up a soft ‘rock’ and started ...
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Neutrino Experiments Light the Way to New Physics: Scientific American

Neutrino Experiments Light the Way to New Physics: Scientific American | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Neutrinos, the strangest beasts in the particle zoo, may soon open the way to unexplored realms
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Disentangling photons and atoms to keep quantum systems clean

Disentangling photons and atoms to keep quantum systems clean | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

In quantum physics, the divisions between object and observer—the systems and environment—become blurred. Because any measuring device is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics, the act of measurement involves an interaction between two quantum systems. The exact mechanisms by which this works are still unclear in many instances, but much of the quasi-mystical language once used to describe quantum mechanics has given way to precise scientific descriptions.
One remaining frontier is comprehension of how systems gradually lose coherence via interactions with their environment, which prevents their usefulness in quantum computing. A new set of experiments by Yinnon Glickman, Shlomi Kotler, Nitzan Akerman, and Roee Ozeri revealed part of the mechanism by which environment disrupts quantum systems: photons. They found that photons that interacted with a quantum system can end up correlated with the system's state, the hallmark of entanglement. By careful preparation of the atom's state, it may be possible to reduce the loss of quantum information to the environment, and thus extend the life of these systems.


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Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution - Scientific American

Scientific American Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution Scientific American Einstein and two colleagues theorized in 1935 that if you had two quantum systems that interacted, such as two atoms in a molecule, and...
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Researchers create cloud-based brain for robots

Researchers create cloud-based brain for robots | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

A group of European researchers has released the first version of a cloud computing platform for robots that will help them take advantage of powerful virtual resources. Essentially, they’re treating robots like any other device — desktop, tablet or mobile phone — running web applications, only robots can learn from each other and can do a lot more than just update screen displays.
The project, carried out by a team at ETH Zurich, is called RoboEarth and its linchpin is a cloud software platform called Rapyuta. The way it works is pretty simple at a high level: robots communicate with a cloud-based application platform that carries out computation tasks and connects to a cloud database full of information such as maps, images, language, as well as to other web services. The robots themselves are pretty much hardware terminals equipped with sensors and moving parts but limited on-board processing power or data storage.


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Robots have been speculated to be the furure for many years now, this artcle informs us that a cloud has been created for robots. The robots are planned to be treated just like any device we use today eg. mobile phones. Robots will certainly be part of the future just a matter of when.

Filocity's curator insight, April 6, 2013 10:50 PM

Nothing to do with document scanning but interesting

 

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Observing Matter-Antimatter Oscillations

Observing Matter-Antimatter Oscillations | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
D-mesons are the fourth in a quartet of neutral mesons to be observed oscillating into their antiparticle partners.
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11 Emerging Scientific Fields That Everyone Should Know About

11 Emerging Scientific Fields That Everyone Should Know About | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

There was a time when science could be broken down into neat-and-tidy disciplines — straightforward things like biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. But as science advances, these fields are becoming increasingly specialized and interdisciplinary, leading to entirely new avenues of inquiry. Here are 11 emerging scientific fields you should know about.


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Students Write Paper On Physics of Spider-Man 2's Train Stop Scene - Geekosystem

Students Write Paper On Physics of Spider-Man 2's Train Stop Scene - Geekosystem | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
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Today's physics news: A dark energy revolution and cosmic instability » The Institute of Physics blog

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Zeroing in on the Mystery of Dark Matter --"We are on the Verge of Detecting a New Particle of Nature"

Zeroing in on the Mystery of Dark Matter --"We are on the Verge of Detecting a New Particle of Nature" | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The galaxies and other structures we see in the universe are made predominantly of undected dark matter.
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Biological computer created at Stanford - Main Line

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Endy's work “clearly demonstrates the power of synthetic biology and could revolutionize how we compute in the future,” said UC Berkeley biochemical engineer Jay Keasling.
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Sounds a bit too much like Biology for me ;)

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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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Laser-like photons signal major step towards quantum ‘Internet’

Laser-like photons signal major step towards quantum ‘Internet’ | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Single photons will form an integral part of distributed quantum networks as flying qubits. First, they are the natural choice for quantum communication, as they carry information quickly and reliably across long distances. Second, they can take part in quantum logic operations, provided all the photons taking part are identical.
Unfortunately, the quality of photons generated from solid-state qubits, including quantum dots, can be low due to decoherence mechanisms within the materials. With each emitted photon being distinct from the others, developing a quantum photonic network faces a major roadblock.
Now, researchers from the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University have implemented a novel technique to generate single photons with tailored properties from solid-state devices that are identical in quality to lasers.


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Richard Feynman Experiment Recreated, ‘Confirms Quantum Mechanics,’ Physicist Says :: Newspri

Richard Feynman Experiment Recreated, ‘Confirms Quantum Mechanics,’ Physicist Says :: Newspri | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Richard Feynman Experiment Recreated, 'Confirms Quantum Mechanics,' Physicist http://t.co/deeQiYNKI5 #Confirms #Experiment #Feynman
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Quantum interaction: 10000 times faster than light - NBCNews.com (blog)

Quantum interaction: 10000 times faster than light - NBCNews.com (blog) | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Quantum interaction: 10000 times faster than light
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How fast do quantum interactions happen? Faster than light, 10,000 times faster.
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Google and Neural Networks: Now Things Are Getting REALLY ...

Google and Neural Networks: Now Things Are Getting REALLY ... | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Also a fellow of The Royal Society, Professor Hinton has become renowned for his work on neural nets and his research into “unsupervised learning procedures for neural networks with rich sensory input.” So what's the fuss?

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New Gigantic Telescopes Will Crack the Secrets of the Skies | Wired Science | Wired.com

New Gigantic Telescopes Will Crack the Secrets of the Skies | Wired Science | Wired.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
From the properties of dark matter to how the universe took shape shortly after the Big Bang, some of the universe’s oldest and best-kept secrets could soon be exposed as construction moves forward on three “extremely large telescopes,” each with...
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Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Hire You. You Just Have To Learn This One Thing.

Mark Zuckerberg Wants To Hire You. You Just Have To Learn This One Thing. | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
It's the closest thing there is to a superpower. (CODE! learn how to CODE! of course, doing astronomy research will help almost immediately, but. other physics...
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Absolutely - an essential tool for all physicists as well ;)

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Explaining tree leaf size using physics - Ars Technica

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One of the most useless-but-cool things about physics are the post-hoc explanations it offers for the field of biology.
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Quantum algorithm breakthrough: Performs a true calculation for the first time

Quantum algorithm breakthrough: Performs a true calculation for the first time | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists have demonstrated a quantum algorithm that performs a true calculation for the first time. Quantum algorithms could one day enable the design of new materials, pharmaceuticals or clean energy devices.
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Dark Energy, Dark Matter - NASA Science

Dark Energy, Dark Matter - NASA Science | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
What is dark energy? More is unknown than is known — we know how much there is, and we know some of its properties; other than that, dark energy is a mystery — but an important one. Roughly 70% of the Universe is made of dark energy.
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