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Aloof neutrons may actually ‘talk’ to one another briefly in new kind of symmetry

Even though neutrons love to partner with protons to make the nucleus of an atom, the particles have always been notorious for their reluctance...

Atomically-thin, twisted graphene has unique properties, shows study

Researchers describe how electrons move through two-dimensional layered graphene, findings that could lead to advances in the design of future quantum computing platforms. A new...

Scientists discover ghost polaritons on a common material for the first time

Researchers have reported in Nature the first observation of ghost polaritons, which are a new form of surface waves carrying nanoscale light strongly coupled...

What is really quantum computing?

To understand quantum computing, we spoke to Erik Lucero, PhD, research scientist and site lead for Google Santa Barbara, the company’s Quantum AI campus. Lucero...

Astronomers find a break in one of the Milky Way’s spiral arms

The newly discovered feature offers insight into the large-scale structure of our galaxy, which is difficult to study from Earth’s position inside it. Scientists have...

Physicists create matter and antimatter by colliding just photons

In 1905 Albert Einstein wrote four groundbreaking papers on quantum theory and relativity. It became known as Einstein’s annus mirabilis or wonderous year. One was on...

Why boiling droplets could race across hot oily surfaces

When you’re frying something in a skillet and some droplets of water fall into the pan, you may have noticed those droplets skittering around...

Scientists catch a cosmic boomerang in action for the first time

For the first time, astronomers have observed a cosmic boomerang effect — streams of heavy, molecular gas that are stripped away from a distant...

Scientists find new way to develop human-integrated electronics

Polymer semiconductors — materials that have been made soft and stretchy but still able to conduct electricity — hold promise for future electronics that...

Scientists detect five supernovae that never been seen before

Stars are exploding in dusty galaxies. We just can't always see them. Exploding stars generate dramatic light shows. Infrared telescopes like Spitzer can see through...