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2010-06-03 07:54:10

For most people, frustration is a condition to be avoided. But for scientists studying certain "frustrated" ensembles of interacting components "“ that is, those which cannot settle into a state that minimizes each interaction "“ it may be the key to understanding a host of puzzling phenomena that affect systems from neural networks and social structures to protein folding and magnetism. Frustration has typically been extremely difficult to study because even systems with...

2010-04-26 15:14:27

Discovery supports development of nanoscale magnetic storage devices Though scientists argue that the emerging technology of spintronics may trump conventional electronics for building the next generation of faster, smaller, more efficient computers and high-tech devices, no one has actually seen the spin"”a quantum mechanical property of electrons"”in individual atoms until now. In a study published as an Advance Online Publication in the journal Nature Nanotechnology on Sunday,...

2010-04-21 14:48:27

Rice physicists: Odd electron mix has fault-tolerant quantum registry HOUSTON -- There are enticing new findings this week in the worldwide search for materials that support fault-tolerant quantum computing. New results from Rice University and Princeton University indicate that a bizarre state of matter that acts like a particle with one-quarter electron charge also has a "quantum registry" that is immune to information loss from external perturbations. The research appeared online...

2010-03-08 13:31:00

NEW YORK, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- SPIN, America's premier music resource, today announced the elements that will form the brand's 25th anniversary celebration. Starting in March and continuing throughout the year, SPIN will develop a series of live events, editorial features, products, and promotions that will showcase the excitement and relevance that have defined the brand for a quarter century. Starting at March's South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, SPIN will produce a...

2010-02-07 10:10:00

A major hurdle in the ambitious quest to design and construct a radically new kind of quantum computer has been finding a way to manipulate the single electrons that very likely will constitute the new machines' processing components or "qubits." Princeton University's Jason Petta has discovered how to do just that -- demonstrating a method that alters the properties of a lone electron without disturbing the trillions of electrons in its immediate surroundings. The feat is essential to the...

2010-02-02 08:19:00

SAUSALITO, Calif. and DUBLIN, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- ImageSpan Inc. and arvato finance services Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of arvato AG, a Bertelsmann company, today announced their platform collaboration enabling LicenseStream to deliver a global clearinghouse that unifies, drives and accelerates the trade of digital content, including video, images, audio and text. The new global content clearinghouse combines ImageSpan's automated content licensing, publishing and tracking...

2010-01-20 12:14:00

Opportunity for Bloggers to Receive a Private Sneak Peek at Spin Master's new 2010 Product Line-Up TORONTO, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ - This February on Wednesday the 17th at the New York Toy Fair, Spin Master Ltd., the third largest toy company in North America, will hold an exclusive booth tour for Bloggers and other independent website operators interested in toys and entertainment. "Bloggers have established themselves as an important and growing media player in the consumer packages goods...

2010-01-07 18:47:03

Hidden symmetry observed for the first time in solid state matter Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fr Materialien und Energie (HZB), in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford and Bristol Universities, as well as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. They have measured the signatures of a symmetry showing the same attributes as the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The research team...

2010-01-07 13:38:47

Quantum physicists simulate Dirac equation, 1 of the cornerstones in physics Researchers of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) in Innsbruck, Austria, used a calcium ion to simulate a relativistic quantum particle, demonstrating a phenomenon that has not been directly observable so far: the Zitterbewegung. They have published their findings in the current issue of the journal Nature. In the 1920s quantum mechanics was already established and in 1928 the British...

2009-11-23 12:53:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) teamed up with SPIN, Best Buy and Napster for the premiere SPIN mini-magazine, available now at Best Buy locations nationwide. The 56-page mini-mag features exclusive editorial content from SPIN, with France's break-out phenomenon Phoenix on the cover, and feature articles on the likes of Passion Pit, Juliette Lewis and Dirty Projectors. The special edition pint-sized SPIN comes complete with a...

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2010-09-27 17:20:27

A gyroscope uses the principles of conservation and angular momentum to measure and maintain orientation. The mechanical gyroscope is a spinning wheel or disk whose axle is free to take any orientation. The gyroscope's high rate of spin allows for large angular momentum which makes the orientation changes much more responsive to a given external torque. There is also the electronic, microchip-packaged MEMS gyroscope, solid state ring laser and fiber optic gyroscope, as well as the extremely...

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Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'