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Japan researchers use cosmic rays to see nuclear fuel

Japan researchers use cosmic rays to see nuclear fuel | Physics | Scoop.it
Japanese researchers said Thursday they had succeeded in using cosmic rays to find nuclear fuel inside a reactor, a technology that might be helpful in the complicated decommissioning at Fukushima.
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Solid State Physics: Introduction, Chemical Bonds and Lattices - Quiz

Solid State Physics: Introduction, Chemical Bonds and Lattices - Quiz | Physics | Scoop.it

Solid State Physics: Introduction, Chemical Bonds and Lattices - A quiz to check some basic concepts I taught in the first lessons.

 

"Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot!"

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With this article in mind: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/21/education/frequent-tests-can-enhance-college-learning-study-finds.html

I started to experiment with Kahoot further. 10 questions, the students got 9 correct, but after intensive and quick discussions in the group. I can see here nice potential for testing both understanding and memorizing.

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Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates theory of consciousness

Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates theory of consciousness | Physics | Scoop.it
A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons.
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Related: http://phys.org/news155904395.html

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WHAT IS NASA PHYSICS?

WHAT IS NASA PHYSICS? | Physics | Scoop.it

NASA Physics does two things. As the name implies it uses the examples from NASA’s exploration of the Earth and cosmos to raise the level of interest and, hopefully, excitement about physics. Secondly, NASA Physics is short, selecting the most important big ideas so that students come away understanding them even if they may not have been exposed to every detail commonly jammed into a normal textbook. NASA Physics is also meant to startle sometimes; to be unlike a textbook in using natural ways of communicating including jokes and humor 


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What do you know about the stranger side of physics? Take the quiz. : Discovery Channel

What do you know about the stranger side of physics? Take the quiz. : Discovery Channel | Physics | Scoop.it
Our fact or fiction practical side of quantum mechanics quiz will test your knowledge on the field. Try our practical quantum mechanics quiz here. (Is teleportation possible with the help of quantum entanglement?
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Good questions here.

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Element Infographics - The Lanthanides

Element Infographics - The Lanthanides | Physics | Scoop.it
This graphic looks at the elements known as the lanthanides - the ones stranded at the bottom of the periodic table, along with the actinides. For a group of elements that doesn't really get much a...
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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis | Physics | Scoop.it
Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum...
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Energy exchange between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom. Collective vibration of two chromophores. 

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Nanofibers align to the sound of Beethoven and Mozart

Nanofibers align to the sound of Beethoven and Mozart | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Humans create and perform music for a variety of purposes such as aesthetic pleasure, healing, religion, and ceremony.
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New holographic process uses image-stabilized X-ray camera

New holographic process uses image-stabilized X-ray camera | Physics | Scoop.it
A team headed by Stefan Eisebitt has developed a new X-ray holography method that will enable snap-shots of dynamic processes at highest spatial resolution.
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CeCoIn5 reveals new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related

CeCoIn5 reveals new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Superconducting materials exhibit unexpected behaviors when subjected to magnetic fields or high pressures –discoveries that have implications for controlling electrons in those special materials.
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Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion - Physics

Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion - Physics | Physics | Scoop.it

Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion Physics ... proposed hybrid devices that combine cQED with optomechanics.


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Researchers find simple, cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency

Researchers find simple, cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency | Physics | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells.
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Breaking relativity: Celestial signals defy Einstein

Breaking relativity: Celestial signals defy Einstein | Physics | Scoop.it
Strange signals picked up from black holes and distant supernovae suggest there's more to space-time than Einstein believed, says Stuart Clark
    

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Quantum Cheshire cat spotted in Grenoble

Quantum Cheshire cat spotted in Grenoble | Physics | Scoop.it

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Heavy metal in the early cosmos

Heavy metal in the early cosmos | Physics | Scoop.it
NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.

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Natural 3-D counterpart to graphene discovered: New form of quantum matter

Natural 3-D counterpart to graphene discovered: New form of quantum matter | Physics | Scoop.it
A natural 3-D counterpart to 2-D graphene with similar or even better electron mobility and velocity has been discovered.

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Measuring electrons: Precise computations of their shape support Standard Model of physics

Measuring electrons: Precise computations of their shape support Standard Model of physics | Physics | Scoop.it
Though it was hailed as a triumph for the 'Standard Model' of physics, the reigning explanation of fundamental forces and particles, physicists were quick to emphasize that last year's discovery of the Higgs boson still left gaps in understanding...
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The Value of Curiosity-Driven Research

The Value of Curiosity-Driven Research | Physics | Scoop.it
Neutrino research is fundamental basic science.  It’s part of this human endeavor to understand our natural environment and make sense of it, to understand our own origins and how we fit into the big picture in a cosmic context.  Since neutrinos...

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Colorful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power - The Mind Unleashed

Colorful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power - The Mind Unleashed | Physics | Scoop.it
Oxford Photovoltaics uses non-toxic organic solar cell materials printed directly on to glass to produce clean energy. Photograph: Oxford PhotovoltaicsRead More...
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- “What we say here is rather than attach [solar] photovoltaics to the building, why not make the building the photovoltaics?”

- "...technology works by adding a layer of transparent solid-state solar cells at most three microns thick to conventional glass, in order to turn around 12% of the solar energy received into low-carbon electricity."

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Ultra-flexible chip can be wrapped around a hair

Ultra-flexible chip can be wrapped around a hair | Physics | Scoop.it
Scientists in Switzerland said Tuesday they can create electronic chips so flexible they can be wrapped around a human hair.
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Scientists find a practical test for string theory

Scientists find a practical test for string theory | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, have identified a practical, yet overlooked, test of string theory based on the motions of planets, moons and asteroids, reminiscent of Galileo's famed test of gravity by dropping...
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Coolest science of 2013, in GIFs

From Surprising Science blog in the USA: December 24, 2013 The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs An electronic circuit that dissolves in the presence of water. From video by University of Illinois I...
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13 major clean energy breakthroughs of 2013

13 major clean energy breakthroughs of 2013 | Physics | Scoop.it
The rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future.
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