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Browse: Artificial Intelligence Runs Physics Experiment Browse: Quantum Tunnelling in an Instant
Browse: Dentists Fall for Cavity Illusion
An optical illusion is causing dentists to drill unnecessarily large holes in their patients' teeth.
Browse: A Tractor Beam for Oil Spills
Browse: Physicists Build Reversible Laser Tractor Beam
Feature: A Quantum of Silence
Single photons have weird yet useful behaviours, with applications ranging from secure communications to quantum computing. While current silicon photon sources often produce additional “noise photons” that interfere with these emerging technologies, new research has discovered a method to quieten this quantum chaos.
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Feature: How Certain Can You Be?
A team of physicists has challenged the limits of Heisenberg’s famous uncertainty principle by measuring quantum particles with unprecedented accuracy.
Feature: Dr Who Meets Professor Heisenberg
Researchers have simulated in the laboratory how quantum particles could overcome the “grandfather paradox” of time travel.
Browse: Diamond Design Proves Concept of a “Death Star” Laser
Feature: Quantum Satellite Micius Challenges Einstein
Quantum cryptography experiments onboard a new Chinese Earth satellite foreshadow secret communications on a global scale with security guaranteed by the laws of physics.
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Feature: When Parallel Worlds Collide
Bizarre quantum phenomena, such as particles tunnelling through barriers and behaving like waves, can be explained by subtle interactions between our world and others.
Browse: Superradiance Solves Solar Storage
Online Feature: Australian crystals set to take over industry Browse: Physicists Split Ultracold Atom Clouds
Physicists at the University of Otago have developed steerable optical tweezers that use intense laser beams to precisely split minute clouds of ultracold atoms and smash them together.
Browse: Liquid Metal Pump Does Away with Moving Parts
Researchers have developed the world’s first liquid metal-enabled pump with no mechanical parts.
Browse: Quantum Computing Closer to Reality
Browse: Lasers Pick Atoms Apart
Light could be used to pick apart a substance atom by atom, paving the way for new ways to produce nanoscale diamond devices according to research published in Nature Communications.
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Cover Story: On the Crest of a Gravity Wave
Gravitational wave detectors may soon provide a new way of viewing the universe, but Australia has passed up the chance to have one located here – for now at least.
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Feature: About Schmidt
Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt discusses global warming, exploding stars, politics and Star Wars.
Browse: Rogue Waves Confirmed
An Australian–German collaboration has created super rogue waves in a 10 x 1 metre wave tank, swamping a Lego pirate in the process.
Browse: New Theory for Ball Lightning
The existence of ball lightning was once disputed. There have now been so many reliable reports of glowing balls, particularly during and after thunderstorms, that it has been accepted as a genuine phenomenon, but the cause has remained mysterious. Books on the topic admit to puzzlement, particularly at reports of ball lightning occurring inside houses and aeroplanes.
Browse: Boiling Water that Never Bubbles
Water can be made to boil without bubbling by using textured surfaces, an Australian/American collaboration has proved in Nature.
Browse: Heisenberg Principle a Little Less Uncertain
It may be possible to measure the location and speed of a particle more accurately than previously recognised.
Browse: Sea Swell Decay Deduced by Satellite
The factors that determine the decay of ocean swells have been resolved from satellite data, allowing better forecasts of wave conditions.
Browse: Stealth Molecules Reveal Hydrophobic Force
Monash University researchers believe they have provided the first accurate measurement of the force that shapes biological molecules and allows non-stick frying pans.
Browse: Tiny Detector for Gravitational Waves
Browse: Cost of Quantum Computer Qubit Control Cut Browse: Einstein Was Wrong about “Spooky Action at a Distance”
Browse: Slow Death of the Universe Browse: Rogue Wave Theory to Save Ships
Browse: Speed of Light Tested with Unprecedented Precision Browse: Fusion Failure Fixed
Browse: Gravitational Waves Can Be Found Closer to Home Browse: Nanochip Captures the Power of Twisted Light
Browse: Laser Light Cools Quantum Liquid Browse: Researchers refine method to detect quantum entanglement
Browse: Bacteria Exploit Quantum Coherence to Harvest Light Browse: “Ghost Imaging” with Atoms
conSCIENCE: How to Get Girls into Physics
Research from the UK has identified several impediments that discourage girls from studying physics, with new interventions now being trialled.
Cool Careers: A Career Begins by Candlelight
Robyn Arianrhod studies general relativity and writes books on the history of science, but it is her own history that is most unusual.
Cool Careers: After Fukushima
A close encounter with Japan’s tsunami and nuclear meltdown led Candice Raeburn to develop new ways to tackle radiation.
Cool Careers: Hunting for the Higgs Boson
Geoff Taylor has played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson.
Cool Careers: Green Is Mean and White Is Nice
Public understanding of rip research is saving Australian lives each summer.
Cool Careers: The Hunt for the Higgs Boson
Elisabetta Barberio spent the past two decades designing and carrying out experiments that helped to find the Higgs boson.
Cool Careers: Learning about Life from Waves
Nail Akhmediev believes that the creation of rogue waves at sea could be a useful template for the conditions that gave rise to life on Earth.
Expert Opinion: Higgs Boson Particle Discovered
CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has announced that the long-sought Higgs boson exists after experiments conducted in the Large Hadron Collider yielded results that are consistent with its existence. The Higgs boson is the final particle in the Standard Model of physics, and has remained hidden from scientists’ reach until a series of experiments confirmed its presence.
Expert Opinion: Gravitational Waves Detected
Australian astronomers involved in the detection of gravitational waves discuss the significance of the discovery
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Simon Says: A Particular Challenge
The biggest science story of 2012 poses a riddle about a particle locked in a field, wrapped in a mystery and out of the ordinary.
Up Close: Particles of doubt: What if it wasn't the Higgs boson?
Physicists Dr Serguei Ganjour and Dr Martin White delve into the details around the "likely" discovery of the Higgs boson and discuss the uncertainties that still surround the newly observed particle. They ask what it means for our understanding of the universe and of physics if it turns out not to be the Higgs.
Up Close: Tick-tock tussles: Why physicists can't agree on time
Prof Craig Callender tells us how physics has changed our understanding of time and why some even argue that the notion of time is unnecessary.
Notice Board: Webcast: Pitch Drop Experiment Nears Ninth Drop
The University of Queensland is offering people around the world the chance to add their name to the world's longest running laboratory experiment, the Pitch Drop.
Online Feature: CERN discovers a Higgs-like particle: let the party (and head-scratching) begin
The discovery of the Higgs boson is the most significant finding in particle physics for decades and is potentially capable of solving a long-standing mystery concerning the origin of mass.
Online Feature: The physics of a gas-powered world
Eric May has been awarded the 2012 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.
Online Feature: Goodbye, for a while, to the Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider has temporarily shut down, but will return stronger than ever.
Online Feature: Modern-day alchemy: a recipe for a new superheavy element
How did scientists go about discovering the short-lived superheavy element 115?
Online Feature: Could the Higgs Nobel be the end of particle physics?
While the discovery of the Higgs boson has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics, it hasn’t brought us any closer to answering some of the most troubling problems in fundamental science.
Online Feature: Quantum computing becomes more than just spin
The building blocks of a quantum computer have been created and tested in a high tech basement at the University of NSW, and within a few years Andrea Morello and his colleagues expect to have a small working prototype.
Feature: A New Basis for Nuclear Structure
The idea that the internal structure of protons might change under certain circumstances is being put to the test, and could help to explain some inconsistencies in theoretical physics.