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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...

2013-01-15 16:21:14

PALO ALTO, Calif. and ZURICH, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) Researchers Gerhart Meyer, Leo Gross and Jascha Repp (now at Regensburg University) have won the prestigious Feynman prize given by the Foresight Group, an organization that seeks to advance the study of nanotechnology. The award was bestowed upon the group of researchers for their ground breaking work in producing detailed molecular images and deconstructing chemical bonds on individual atoms. (Logo:...

2012-03-19 05:10:56

New technique could open the door to practical superconductor applications, as well as to solving difficult 'many-body' problems in high-energy physics, condensed matter and ultra-cold atoms Combining known factors in a new way, theoretical physicists Boris Svistunov and Nikolai Prokof'ev at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with three alumni of their group, have solved an intractable 50-year-old problem: How to simulate strongly interacting quantum systems to allow accurate...

2011-11-28 11:19:25

When will artificial molecular machines start working for us? Physicist Richard Feynman in his famous 1959 talk, "Plenty of Room at the Bottom," described the precise control at the atomic level promised by molecular machines of the future. More than 50 years later, synthetic molecular switches are a dime a dozen, but synthetically designed molecular machines are few and far between. Northwestern University chemists recently teamed up with a University of Maine physicist to explore the...

2011-03-09 14:13:25

New brain imaging study reveals the structures that support color synesthesia The Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman once wrote in his autobiographical book (What do you care what other people think?): "When I see equations, I see letters in colors - I don't know why ["¦] And I wonder what the hell it must look like to the students." This neurological phenomenon is known to psychologists as synaesthesia and Feynman's experience of "seeing" the letters in color was a specific...

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2009-11-23 09:31:34

Information field theory enables astronomers, medical practitioners and geologists to look into places where their measuring instruments are blind A bit of imagination on the part of a measuring instrument wouldn't be a bad thing. It could help to add data from areas where the instrument is unable to measure. However, it must do so constructively. In order to infer missing data in an astronomical measurement with more than just imagination, physicists at the Max Planck Institute for...

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2009-08-17 19:45:00

Quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of general relativity are both extremely accurate theories of how the universe works, but all attempts to combine the two into a unified theory have ended in failure. When physicists try to calculate the properties of a quantum theory of gravity, they find quantities that become infinite -- infinities that are so bad they can't be removed by mathematical gambits that work in other areas of physics.Now, Zvi Bern, John Carrasco, and Henrik Johanssen at...

2009-07-14 23:01:00

REDMOND, Wash., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Research, in collaboration with Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, today launched a Web site that makes an acclaimed lecture series by the iconic physicist Richard Feynman freely available to the general public for the first time. The lectures, which Feynman originally delivered at Cornell University in 1964, have been hugely influential for many people, including Gates. Gates privately purchased the rights to the seven lectures...

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2009-01-31 11:40:00

Storing information in electron waves Stanford researchers have reclaimed bragging rights for creating the world's smallest writing, a distinction the university first gained in 1985 and lost in 1990. How small is the writing? The letters in the words are assembled from subatomic sized bits as small as 0.3 nanometers, or roughly one third of a billionth of a meter. The researchers encoded the letters "S" and "U" (as in Stanford University) within the interference patterns formed by quantum...

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2005-05-04 13:27:25

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The post office turned its attention to science Wednesday, issuing four new stamps honoring pioneering American scientists. "These are some of the greatest scientists of our time; their pioneering discoveries still influence our lives today," John F. Walsh, a member of the U.S. Postal Service's board of governors, said in a statement. Featured on the 37-cent stamps: - Josiah Willard Gibbs, who lived from 1839 to 1903, was a pioneer in the study of vector analysis,...