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How to control friction in topological insulators

Topological insulators are innovative materials that conduct electricity on the surface, but act as insulators on the inside. Physicists at the University of Basel and...

Physicists have found a way to ‘hear’ dark matter

Dark matter is a mysterious substance that makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. Originally introduced to explain why the Strong Force (which...

Scientists discover two ancient migration events in the Andromeda Galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered two historic events in which the Andromeda Galaxy underwent major changes to its structure. The findings shed light not only on the...

Scientists find how two suns collect matter in a binary system

Most stars in the universe come in the form of pairs – binaries – or even multiple star systems. Now, the formation of such a...

Electron switch may get us closer to quantum computers

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize technology, medicine, and science by providing faster and more efficient processors, sensors, and communication devices. But transferring information...

How to tie microscopic knots

Physicists at CU Boulder have gone to creative lengths to earn their scouting merit badges for knot-tying. In a study published in the journal Science,...

Scientists find galaxy floating in a tranquil sea of halo gas

Analysis of radio pulses that passed through a galactic halo reveals a surprisingly quiescent halo with very low density and weak magnetic field. Using one...

Scientists watch a black hole shredding a star

After passing too close to a supermassive black hole, the star in this artist's conception is torn apart into a thin stream of gas,...

Scientists create an innovative device to generate light from darkness

The technology could eventually aid the more than 1 billion people around the world who lack reliable access to electricity. When frost forms on the...

Scientists discover the most massive neutron star ever measured

Astronomers using the GBT have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking...