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A scanning tunneling microscope image reveals the Wigner crystal that formed within a layered structure underneath. (Image Credit: H. Li et al./Nature)   Favorable conditions for electrons within a material cause them to arrange into a honeycomb-like lattice. Now, physicists at the University of California, Berkeley managed to capture images of those Wigner crystals, first theorized 90 years ago by Eugene Wigner.  Researchers have produced and measured Wigner crystals in the past, but ...
The Baby Robot prototype needs to be exposed since it constantly undergoes modifications. (Image Credit: Cañas et al.)   Researchers at Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona developed a robotic toy called Baby Robot that can improve a toddler’s motor skills. This system works by interacting with toddlers, encouraging them to grasp or run away from the robot.   The car-like toy robot features a small camera along with integrated sensors. A set of computer vision ...
The small brain implant is slid deep into the folds of the brain and is used to gradually restore muscle control and sensation functionality for paralyzed patients. (Image credit: Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research)   Scientists from the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research have developed brain implant electrodes to provide muscle control and a regained sense of touch for patients paralyzed from brain and spinal injuries. In a pair of recently released scientific papers, the sc ...
The new telescope will explore 17 forming planetary systems and measure spectra to identify molecules in the inner regions of protoplanetary discs. (Image credit: NASA)   NASA is furthering its exploration mission with the upcoming launch of the James Webb Telescope, the successor to the Hubble. Slated to launch on December 8, 2020, the telescope will be located near the second Lagrange point (between two bodies in orbit) of the Earth/Sun system, which is approximately 900,000 miles from ...
The clock uses lasers to cool strontium atoms to billionths of a degree above absolute zero and traps them in optical lattices. (Image credit: Pixabay)   Hidetoshi Yatori (University of Tokyo/RIKEN) and Jun Ye (UC Boulder/NIST) have won the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their contributions to the invention and development of optical lattice clocks that enable precision testing of fundamental physics. The Breakthrough Prize is like the “Oscars of Science” an ...
Researchers developed a camera that captures images at a trillion frames per second using a streak camera and a laser that generates light pulses. (Image Credit: M. Scott Brauer/MIT)   In 2011, MIT scientists developed a camera capable of capturing images at a trillion frames per second. Accomplishing such a feat allowed the team to obtain video footage of light traveling 600 million miles per hour in a one-liter bottle filled with water. It only took a nanosecond for the event to transpir ...
The Oncomagnetic Device shrunk the 53-year-old’s glioblastoma brain tumor by 31% during his month-long treatment. (Image Credit: Houston Methodist Neurological Institute)   This seemed almost unreal. After researching it since the announcement, it appears to be real!   Researchers at the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute managed to treat a 53-year-old patient’s glioblastoma tumor through a wearable helmet that generates an oscillating magnetic field. Unfortunately, ...
University of Copenhagen researchers developed a new technique that detects the presence of nearby animals by collecting DNA samples in the air. (Image Credit: Nick Karvounis/Unsplash)   Evaluating an animals’ home to determine conservation needs often requires trail cameras, which aren’t reliable for capturing data on the animals’ habitat. There is a crucial need for non-invasive observational tools now that species are rapidly declining around the world. Researchers fro ...
Artificial Intelligence came up with new solutions to quantum experiments. (Image Credit: Pixabay)   Mario Krenn, a Quantum physicist, developed a machine-learning algorithm named MELVIN, purposed to discover new solutions to quantum experiments while mixing and matching its building blocks. Along the way, MELVIN discovered some intriguing solutions, but one of them didn't make sense. In this context, MELVIN solved the problem of building extremely complex entangled states involving multip ...
The Sentinel-6 satellite launched from Vanderberg Air Force Based in California. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)   While the climate changes, Earth’s oceans are rising and warming up. For three decades, satellites have been orbiting the Earth to monitor the seas. The most recent satellite, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, has started providing precise measurements of Earth’s rising sea level. The satellite, named after NASA’s late climate scientist Michael Freilich, launched ...
NICT engineers developed a four-core fiber optic cable that can deliver speeds at 319 Tb/s, shattering the previous 178 Tb/s world record. (Image Credit: Denny Muller / Unsplash)   Engineers at the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) managed to break the 178 Tb/s internet speed record with a 319 Tb/s achievement. The team reached this milestone while maintaining the speed at over 1,865 miles without performance loss.   The 178 Tb/s speed involved usi ...
The key is inserted into the lock, which produces a sound as the pin slips off a key ridge. (Image Credit: National University of Singapore)   This is kind of scary. Also seems like a super cool Bond device.   It can be easy enough to pick keyed locks, but a new-found technique makes it much easier. Researchers at the National University of Singapore have discovered that by using a smartphone to record a key’s sound in a lock, you can capture all the needed information to creat ...
Cornell University researchers reconstructed the EMPAD’s data with algorithms to capture a high-resolution image of atoms in a praseodymium orthoscandate crystal. (Image Credit: Cornell University)   Cornell University researchers recently captured a high-resolution 3D image of atoms in a praseodymium orthoscandate crystal, zoomed in 100 million times. The feat, achieved through an electron microscope pixel array detector (EMPAD), doubled its world record image resolution set in 2018 ...
The device, designed to prevent internal bleeding from a stab wound, contains a tamponade and an actuator. (Image Credit: Loughborough University)   Joseph Bentley, a Loughborough University student, recently developed REACT, a 3D-printed prototype that prevents further blood loss from a serious knife-inflicted stab wound. Stab wounds could turn out to be a matter of life or death, so it’s crucial to apply immediate internal pressure. REACT (Rapid Emergency Actuated Tamponade) is spe ...
EyeHarp allows people with disabilities to play music with their eye movement. A user rests their eye on a musical note spaced out on a wheel on the screen. (Image Credit: EyeHarp)   Alexander Kerlidou, a student with cerebral palsy who cannot use her hands or speak, performs harp music just by shifting her eyes across a computer screen.  The eye-moving-controlled software, EyeHarp, allows disabled people to play music, which the 21-year-old deemed impossible. Alexander, who wants to ...

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