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When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Companies are developing software to analyze our fleeting facial expressions and to get at the emotions behind them.

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Researchers detect water in planet outside our solar system - Penn State News

Researchers detect water in planet outside our solar system - Penn State News | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Forbes Researchers detect water in planet outside our solar system Penn State News Chad Bender, a research associate in the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a co-author of the paper, said "Planets like tau Boötes b, which are...
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Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet

Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Want this article to load more quickly? Read it in space.

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Team aims to create graphene nanoribbon 'wires' capable of carrying information thousands of times faster

Team aims to create graphene nanoribbon 'wires' capable of carrying information thousands of times faster | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
'Ballistic transport ' – it sounds like a blast into the future. And it is.
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Centre of 'Gravity': Effects studio that put the stars in space

Centre of 'Gravity': Effects studio that put the stars in space | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
In a London basement, cutting-edge technology is being used to make a computerised Sandra Bullock climb into her rocket.
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A second chance at sight

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Silicon microstrip detectors, a staple in particle physics experiments, provide information that may be critical to restoring vision to some who lost it.
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Four things you might not know about dark matter

Four things you might not know about dark matter | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
How much do you really know about dark matter? Symmetry looks at one of the biggest remaining mysteries in particle physics.
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Inconstants of Nature

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Why should the future resemble the past? Well, for one thing, it always has. But that is itself an observation from the past. As the philosopher David Hume pointed out in the middle of the 18th century, we can’t use our experience in the past to argue that the future will resemble it, without descending into circular logic. What’s more, physicists remain unable to explain why certain fundamental constants of nature have the values that they do, or why those values should remain constant over time.
The question is a troubling one, especially for scientists. For one thing, the scientific method of hypothesis, test, and revision would falter if the fundamental nature of reality were constantly shifting. And scientists could no longer make predictions about the future or reconstructions of the past, or rely on past experiments with complete confidence. But science also has an ace up its sleeve: Unlike philosophy, it can try to measure whether the laws of nature and the constants that parameterize those laws are changing.


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Europe needs to map its research base

Europe needs to map its research base | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Could a Europe-wide database of facilities and equipment help research, funding and policy challenges – and will you use it?
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Integrated quantum circuit is most complex ever

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Researchers in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands have fabricated the most functionally complex integrated quantum circuit ever from a single material, capable of generating photons and entangling them at the same time. The circuit consists of two photon sources on a silicon chip that interfere quantum mechanically. Its inventors say that it could be used in quantum information processing applications and in complex on-chip quantum optics experiments.


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Black hole to 'eat biggest meal'

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Notes from the Editors: Highlights of the Year - Physics

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Notes from the Editors: Highlights of the Year
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As 2013 draws to a close, we look back on the research covered in Physics that really made waves in and beyond the physics community.
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Graphene can host exotic new quantum electronic states at its edges

Graphene can host exotic new quantum electronic states at its edges | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Graphene has become an all-purpose wonder material, spurring armies of researchers to explore new possibilities for this two-dimensional lattice of pure carbon.
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Check your privilege with an antimatter beam

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Jon Butterworth: The CERN ASACUSA experiment has made an antimatter beam. It will not be used as a disintegrating death ray, but to study symmetries and invariants. This is much more interesting, and at the heart of how science tells us about our place in the universe
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Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars - The Escapist

Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars - The Escapist | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
MIT News Quantum Mechanics May Be Proven by Distant Quasars The Escapist MIT researchers have proposed an experiment involving the observation of distant quasars that could close a final loophole and prove our universe is governed by quantum...

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Warren Huelsnitz's curator insight, February 21, 3:34 PM

More about the proposal to use distant quasars as the trigger for detector settings in an EPR-Bell experiment; to close the loophole that there could be some hidden mechanism that influences the choice of detector settings.

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Future Particle Colliders May Dwarf CERN's Enormous Large Hadron Collider - Huffington Post

Future Particle Colliders May Dwarf CERN's Enormous Large Hadron Collider - Huffington Post | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The Guardian Future Particle Colliders May Dwarf CERN's Enormous Large Hadron Collider Huffington Post It took three years for the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), to spot the elusive Higgs boson...
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Nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy source

Nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy source | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists have moved a step closer to achieving sustainable nuclear fusion and almost limitless clean energy
• Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way to cheap energy?
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A Coder, a Programmer, a Hacker, a Developer, and a Computer Scientist walk into a Venn Diagram - Scott Hanselman

A Coder, a Programmer, a Hacker, a Developer, and a Computer Scientist walk into a Venn Diagram - Scott Hanselman | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scott Hanselman on Programming, User Experience, The Zen of Computers and Life in General

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I really like this.

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Is Quantum Mechanics Just a Special Case of Classical Mechanics? - The Fun Is Real

Is Quantum Mechanics Just a Special Case of Classical Mechanics? - The Fun Is Real | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
If you enjoyed my post from about three months ago on Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs, or perhaps even if you didn’t, you will likely enjoy this new paper by Robert Brady and Ross Anderson at the University of Cambridge: “Why bouncing droplets are a pretty good model of quantum mechanics“. They … Continue reading →

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Warren Huelsnitz's curator insight, January 31, 8:23 PM

discusses a new paper on the math behing hydrodynamic quantum analogs; including spin and the emergence of fermionic behavior

 

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How Quantum Mechanics Forbids the Accelerating Expansion of Spacetime

How Quantum Mechanics Forbids the Accelerating Expansion of Spacetime | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Quantum uncertainties mean that the expansion of Universe cannot be observed at scales smaller than about 60 metres, cre… (How Quantum Mechanics Forbids the Accelerating Expansion of Spacetime http://t.co/qS3mVTXZHr)...
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Peeking into Schrödinger's Box

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More on "weak measurements" in quantum mechanics.  And a neat graphic for how the experimental apparatus works.

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This is What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator - TechEBlog

This is What Happens When You Stick Your Head Into a Particle Accelerator - TechEBlog | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
TechEBlog, The Latest Tech and Gadget News (#matrix This is What Happeηs Wheη You Stick Your Head Iηto a Particle Accelerator http://t.co/fo6bSFhlxe)...
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Quantum Photosynthesis - About - News & Issues

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Quantum Photosynthesis
About - News & Issues
This first got reported back in May of 2009, when researchers published findings that showed biological systems related to photosynthesis could maintain quantum entanglement even at room temperatures.
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Physicists Are Spending Way Too Much Time Hunting Time Travelers on ... - TIME

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D-Wave: A multimillion-dollar sham or quantum breakthrough? (Interview) - VentureBeat

D-Wave: A multimillion-dollar sham or quantum breakthrough? (Interview) - VentureBeat | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
D-Wave: A multimillion-dollar sham or quantum breakthrough? (Interview)
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That's because D-Wave is the first and so far only commercial quantum-computing company.
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