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2013-07-29 16:42:20

MIT researchers expand the range of quantum behaviors that can be replicated in fluidic systems, offering a new perspective on wave-particle duality In the early days of quantum physics, in an attempt to explain the wavelike behavior of quantum particles, the French physicist Louis de Broglie proposed what he called a "pilot wave" theory. According to de Broglie, moving particles — such as electrons, or the photons in a beam of light — are borne along on...

2013-03-14 11:12:37

The precise methodology of Richard Feynman's famous double-slit thought-experiment — a cornerstone of quantum mechanics that showed how electrons behave as both a particle and a wave — has been followed in full for the very first time. Although the particle-wave duality of electrons has been demonstrated in a number of different ways since Feynman popularized the idea in 1965, none of the experiments have managed to fully replicate the methodology set out in Volume 3 of...

2012-03-29 00:11:57

Wave Properties of Individual Heavy Molecules Can Also Be Observed Experimentally/Video Shows Development of Interference Pattern in (Nearly) Real Time Quantum theory describes the world of atoms very precisely. Still, it defies our macroscopic conception of everyday´s world due to its many anti-intuitive predictions. The wave-particle dualism probably is the best known example and means that matter may spread and interfere like waves. Now, an international team of researchers has...

2012-03-06 23:51:16

In most cases, your profile photo on Facebook tells viewers what they need to know to form an impression of you — no words are necessary, new research suggests. College students who viewed a Facebook photo of a fellow student having fun with friends rated that person as extraverted — even if his profile said he was “not a big people-person.” “Photos seem to be the primary way we make impressions of people on social networking sites,” said Brandon Van...

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2011-10-19 13:50:06

When quantum mechanics meets general relativity The unification of quantum mechanics and Einstein's general relativity is one of the most exciting and still open questions in modern physics. General relativity, the joint theory of gravity, space and time gives predictions that become clearly evident on a cosmic scale of stars and galaxies. Quantum effects, on the other hand, are fragile and are typically observed on small scales, e.g. when considering single particles and atoms. That is...

2011-07-26 10:04:47

Laramie, Wyoming, July 26, 2011 - A lover of the outdoors, Frost has spent many hours on canoeing trips in different parts of the world, providing him ample time for meditation and connecting with his own spirituality. Also, his qualifications as a professor enable him to lay out the facts of evolution that nearly everyone can agree on!  The earth is immensely old, life can be traced to one ancient predecessor, and creatures have changed progressively over time. In Religion Versus...

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2011-06-05 08:55:00

Researchers have changed one of the most basic rules of quantum mechanics: observing light behaving as both a wave and a particle -- a "complementarity" rule that asserts that it is impossible to do, even though it is strictly both.In an experiment reported in the journal Science, researchers say the feat "pulls back the veil" on quantum reality in a way that was thought to be prohibited by theory.Quantum mechanics, a counterintuitive branch of physics that deals with atomic-scale...

2011-06-03 00:01:24

Quantum mechanics is famous for saying that a tree falling in a forest when there's no one there doesn't make a sound. Quantum mechanics also says that if anyone is listening, it interferes with and changes the tree. And so the famous paradox: how can we know reality if we cannot measure it without distorting it? An international team of researchers, led by University of Toronto physicist Aephraim Steinberg of the Centre for Quantum Information and Quantum Control, have found a way to do just...

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2011-03-05 11:35:00

Lijun Yin wants computers to understand inputs from humans that go beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse."Our research in computer graphics and computer vision tries to make using computers easier," says the Binghamton University computer scientist. "Can we find a more comfortable, intuitive and intelligent way to use the computer? It should feel like you're talking to a friend. This could also help disabled people use computers the way everyone else does."Yin's team has developed ways to...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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