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How flawed diamonds ‘lead’ to flawless quantum networks

The color in a diamond comes from a defect, or “vacancy,” where there is a missing carbon atom in the crystal lattice. Vacancies have long...

Scientists find new way to control magnets

Most of the magnets we encounter daily are made of “ferromagnetic” materials. The north-south magnetic axes of most atoms in these materials are lined up...

Scientists take a closer look inside the perfect fluid

Scientists have reported new clues to solving a cosmic conundrum: How the quark-gluon plasma—nature's perfect fluid—evolved into matter. A few millionths of a second after...

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...