Looped Trajectories Make Quantum Superposition Even Stranger

Looped Trajectories Make Quantum Superposition Even Stranger

For generations, physics students have had their minds blown by the double-slit experiment – proof of how strange the quantum world can be. Some former students, apparently the type of people who play three-dimensional chess because the normal game is too easy, have come up with something even stranger. They have created a triple-slit experiment where there…

New Observation Of Photosynthesis Reveals How Much We Don't Know

New Observation Of Photosynthesis Reveals How Much We Don't Know

An international team of scientists watched the minute details of how plants make oxygen. By using the sophisticated SLAC X-ray laser, they were able to accurately observe how photosynthesis happens at room temperature, and it doesn’t happen like we thought. The team was previously only able to observe photosynthesis in frozen samples and at low…

Diamond Battery Fueled By Nuclear Waste

Diamond Battery Fueled By Nuclear Waste

A diamond that turns radioactivity into electricity could operate as an energy source in circumstances where small amounts of power are needed for very long periods of time. The product could also prove a useful way to dispose of stocks of nuclear waste. Nuclear power stations produce a lot of radioactive waste, and long-term storage…

New State Of Matter Might Help With High-Temperature Superconductors

New State Of Matter Might Help With High-Temperature Superconductors

When cooled down to almost absolute zero, some materials become superconductors and suddenly transmit electricity without resistance. If we could operate superconductors at room temperature, we could have more efficient electronics and cheaper electric bills, but so far the hottest temperature we can have them at is -135°C (-211°F). We still don’t understand where the…

Fusion Energy: A Time Of Transition And Potential

Fusion Energy: A Time Of Transition And Potential

For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun. If we’re able to solve an extremely complex set of scientific and engineering problems, fusion energy promises a…

Magnetic Field In Fusion Reactor Mapped With Extraordinary Precision

Magnetic Field In Fusion Reactor Mapped With Extraordinary Precision

Achieving nuclear fusion in the next few decades is an imperative goal for our power-hungry society, and scientists might have just confirmed that we are making the right steps forward. In a paper, published in Nature Communications, American and German physicists have modeled the complex magnetic field inside the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) fusion energy device…