Latest Statistical mechanics Stories
Transitions are exciting. And at temperatures close to absolute zero, studying the transition from one quantum phase to another tantalizes physicists looking for a deeper understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe.
Most parts of living organisms come packaged with ribbons. The ribbons are proteinsâ€”chains of amino acids that must fold into three-dimensional structures to work properly.
Microscopic objects floating in fluids move great distances at times, not just in a bell curve, disputing an Einstein theory, a U.S.
An international group of researchers from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique FÃ©dÃ©rale de Lausanne), the University of Texas at Austin and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany have demonstrated that Brownian motion of a single particle behaves differently than Einstein postulated one century ago.
Light may be a direct result of small violations of relativity. Physicist Alan Kostelecky of Indiana University describes light as "a shimmering of ever-present vectors in empty space" and compares it to waves propagating across a field of grain. This description is markedly different from existing theories of light, in which scientists believe space is without direction and the properties of light are a result of an underlying symmetry of nature.
100 years after Einstein's landmark paper, optical tweezer technology could confirm the theory of classical Brownian motion in details that Einstein missed when he first proposed it a century ago.
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