New Scientist - Physics

New Scientist - Physics
New Scientist - Physics
  1. A microscopic diving board can cheat the second law of thermodynamics
    Working with a tiny cantilever, physicists managed to violate the second law of thermodynamics, using less energy than expected to change the cantilever’s motion
  2. You can turn any random sequence of events into a clock
    A set of mathematical equations can help turn apparently random observations into a clock – and then measure its accuracy
  3. Laser helps turn an electron into a coil of mass and charge
    Researchers have reshaped single electrons into spiralling matter waves with distinct handedness that could be used to study and control materials
  4. How a simple physics experiment could reveal the “dark dimension”
    Could the universe's missing matter be hiding in a "dark" extra dimension? We now have simple ways to test this outlandish idea - and the existence of extra dimensions more generally
  5. Incredibly complex mazes discovered in structure of bizarre crystals
    The atoms within quasicrystals are arranged in repeating forms, but unlike ordinary crystals they have more complex symmetry. It turns out this makes them perfect for producing mazes
  6. Physicists determined the paper most likely to give you a paper cut
    An experiment with a robot and gelatine determined that 65-micrometre-thick paper is the most prone to slicing our skin – but it can also make for a handy recyclable knife
  7. Is the world's biggest fusion experiment dead after new delay to 2035?
    ITER, a €20 billion nuclear fusion reactor under construction in France, will now not switch on until 2035 - a delay of 10 years. With smaller commercial fusion efforts on the rise, is it worth continuing with this gargantuan project?
  8. Why this is a golden age for life to thrive across the universe
    Almost all the stars that will ever exist have already been born, and they have been around long enough for life to evolve on planets that orbit them
  9. How physics is helping us to explain why time always moves forwards
    While time is relative, it still flows in one direction for every observer. We don’t yet understand why, but some physicists are looking for answers that invoke the evolution of entropy, says Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  10. Is it possible to fully understand the universe while living in it?
    Through science, we are striving for objective knowledge about the universe around us. But physicists increasingly believe achieving this will never be possible

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