The long-awaited next breakthrough in computing is expected to come from so-called quantum computers, which will use quantum phenomena to lead to faster processing and radically improved data storage. Now, a physics graduate at Havard University has assembled a remarkable and unique system which may lead to the breakthrough quantum-computing has been waiting for.
UK scientists have made the first observation of gas falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light offering support to the theory that misaligned gas discs around black holes can cause material to fall directly into the space-time event liberating huge amounts of energy.
The double-slit experiment may be the most extraordinary and replicated experiments in physics, bringing the fact the matter has both particle and wave properties to the attention of science. Now a team of European researchers have performed the experiment with antimatter for the first time.
August 11th saw the launch of NASA’s Parker solar probe. A probe with a unique mission; to beam back a record of the plasma that comprises the Sun’s corona and the magnetic fields which shape it. The probe will fly closer to the Sun than any probe has before, facing brutal heat and radiation, even flying through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere. The research team behind the mission hope that this data will help solve several mysteries surrounding the Sun, such as what heats this plasma to 200 times temperature of the sun’s surface?
These are the Scisco Media science dispatches for the first week of August 2018, including; The rules of attraction, finding the chemical which leads sperm to the egg to enable conception. High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures achieved for the first time.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked an impressive first on Wednesday 25th July when it accelerated an atom for the first time. The acceleration of the lead ion is hoped to be the first step towards reliable production and study of gamma rays and may eventually lead to the production of never before observed massive particles.
Scientists have made a massive breakthrough in the search for water on Mars, the discovery of a huge reservoir of water beneath the planet’s surface. The subsurface 20km lake at the planet’s southern pole gives us our strongest sign yet that Mars could support living organisms.
That headline may sound like the set-up for a geeky joke aimed at physicists, but in reality, it was the research question asked by a team of MSU scientists at the superconductor located within RIKEN’s Radioactive Isotope Beam Facility in Wako, Japan. The answer, they found, was far more than we expected.