A new key to unlocking the mysteries of physics? Quantum turbulence

The recent discovery of the Higgs boson has confirmed theories about the origin of mass and, with it, offered the potential to explain other scientific mysteries. But, scientists are continually studying other, less-understood forces that may also shed light on matters not yet uncovered. Among these is quantum turbulence, writes Katepalli Sreenivasan, an NYU University Professor, in a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Physics in 3-D? That's nothing. Try 0-D

University of Cincinnati researchers have reached this threshold with a special structure that may someday lead to better ways of harnessing solar energy, stronger lasers or more sensitive medical diagnostic devices.

Connecting the classical and quantum worlds

How does a classical temperature form in the quantum world? An experiment at the Vienna University of Technology has directly observed the emergence and the spreading of a temperature in a quantum system.

Quantum computing inches forward

Quantum computing is controlled by the laws of quantum physics. Nevertheless, such technology offers the potential to perform complicated calculations, or search large amounts of data, at a speed that exceeds by far those that today’s fastest supercomputers are capable of.

Pyrrole molecule movement defies "classical" physics

Movement of the ring-like molecule pyrrole over a metal surface runs counter to the centuries-old laws of 'classical' physics that govern our everyday world.

Teleportation gets a theoretical breakthrough

For the last decade, theoretical physicists have hypothesized that the intense connections generated between particles as established in the quantum law of "entanglement" may hold the key to eventual teleportation of quantum information.

Nobel physics prize awarded for quantum particle work

Groundbreaking work in quantum optics has netted France's Serge Haroche and American David Wineland this year's Nobel physics prize.

The physics of causality

Causality has been the subject of many genre works and was perhaps most famously discussed in the Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy. 

Babies born knowing physics

"We believe that infants are born with expectations about the objects around them, even though that knowledge is a skill that’s never been taught."

Physics Nobel honors discovery of the end of the universe

This year's Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 has been awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P Schmidt and Adam G Riess for revealing the final fate of the universe.

New research could help ships reduce drag

There is new research related to drag reduction that environmental tech geeks will love. It could help industries like shipping to lessen their energy use and carbon emissions.

Russian scientists awarded Nobel for discovery of graphene

Two Russian scientists have won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their work developing graphene.

Photonic chip hits light speed

A team of international researchers has designed a photonic chip that operates on the principle of light, rather than electricity.

Stephen Hawking says God isn't necessary

Theoretical physicist and official World's Cleverest Chap Stephen Hawking says there's no reason to think that God created the universe.

Dark matter and dark energy may not exist at all

Everything we know about the composition of the universe may be wrong, according to physicists.

Robots learn physics to hone football skills

Carnegie Mellon scientists are teaching physics to robots to improve their soccer-playing performance.

Ball lightning could be hallucination, say physicists

Ball lightning may be all in the mind, according to scientists at the University of Innsbruck.

Largest quantum state created

Physicists have created the largest ever quantum state, allowing an object large enough to be seen by the naked eye to be in two states at once.

AMD brings advanced physics ecosystem to game developers

AMD announced this morning that it is providing game developers with free access to Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), a physics simulator created by AMD partner Pixelux. The move is part of a new initiative in the game development community called "Open Physics."

Scientists recreate Big Bang 'quark soup'

Physicists have created a 'quark soup' with a temperature of four trillion degrees Celcius - almost as hot as the temperature just after the Big Bang.