New window film drops temperature by 45 °F, slashes energy consumption

Assisted by quantum physics and machine learning, researchers have developed a transparent window coating that lets in visible light but blocks heat-producing UV and infrared. The coating not only reduces room temperature but also the energy consumptio… Continue reading New window film drops temperature by 45 °F, slashes energy consumption

Quantum tornado mimics black holes’ warped spacetime in the lab

It took a specially designed crygoenic chamber to contain the super-chilled helium and whip up the vortex

As anyone who’s ever seen a science fiction movie knows, whipping up a black hole in a laboratory doesn’t seem like such a good idea.

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Gravitational pull of half a sand grain measured in physics breakthrough

The weak gravitational pull on a particle just half the mass of a grain of sand has been measured for the first time. This most precise measurement of its kind is a breakthrough towards the quantum realm and a potential Theory of Everything.Continue Re… Continue reading Gravitational pull of half a sand grain measured in physics breakthrough

Quantum batteries could charge by breaking our understanding of time

Causality is key to our experience of reality: dropping a glass, for example, causes it to smash, so it can’t smash before it’s dropped. But in the quantum world those rules don’t necessarily apply, and scientists have now demonstrated how that weirdne… Continue reading Quantum batteries could charge by breaking our understanding of time

Hunting spacetime fluctuations could unite Einstein and quantum physics

A unified Theory Of Everything is the holy grail of physics, but gravity refuses to play ball. Now, a newly proposed theory attempts to unify Einstein’s theory of gravity with quantum mechanics – and importantly, outlines a way to test it experimentall… Continue reading Hunting spacetime fluctuations could unite Einstein and quantum physics

LIGO squeezes light to surpass quantum limit measuring spacetime ripples

Gravitational wave facilities measure distortions in the fabric of spacetime down to 10 quadrillionths the width of a hair – small enough to hear interference from particles popping in and out of existence. Now the LIGO facility has pushed beyond this … Continue reading LIGO squeezes light to surpass quantum limit measuring spacetime ripples

“Quantum superchemistry” observed in lab experiments for first time

Scientists at the University of Chicago have detected the first evidence of a phenomenon called “quantum superchemistry.” Long predicted but never confirmed, this effect could speed up chemical reactions, give scientists more control over them, and inf… Continue reading “Quantum superchemistry” observed in lab experiments for first time

Quantum microscope taps “spooky” physics to double resolution of images

Scientists at Caltech have created a quantum microscope that taps into the quirky quantum rules to see tiny details much more clearly. Using pairs of entangled photons allows the instrument to double the resolution of images without damaging the sample… Continue reading Quantum microscope taps “spooky” physics to double resolution of images

World’s heaviest “Schrödinger’s cat” pushes quantum boundaries

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The famous thought experiment of Schrödinger’s Cat neatly sums up a complex quantum phenomenon, highlighting how bizarre that unseen world is by putting it in terms we can visualize. Now, scientists have created the heaviest Schrödinger’s Cat to date, probing the boundaries between quantum and classical physics.

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Physicists discover completely new type of quantum entanglement

Physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have discovered a completely new type of quantum entanglement, the spooky phenomenon that binds particles across any distance. In particle collider experiments, the new entanglement allowed scientists … Continue reading Physicists discover completely new type of quantum entanglement