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Superpositions of Chiral Molecules

Matter-wave diffraction can put chiral molecules into superpositions of left- and right-handed forms, enabling new studies of how the two states interact with their environment. Read More »

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Long-Range Spin Currents with Chiral Crystals

Chiral crystals can produce spin-polarized currents that propagate over tens of micrometers—a promising feature for application in spintronics devices. Read More »

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Pedestrian Physics Walks Away with Two Ig Nobels

This year’s Ig Nobel prize winners include two groups of physicists studying how humans avoid—and sometimes don’t avoid—collisions while walking. Read More »

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Quantum Solution to Classical Drag Puzzle

A quantum-inspired model explains why objects moving in a fluid experience drag even at high speeds where viscosity should be negligible.  Read More »

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Bacteria That Shove Harder, Move Further

Simulations show that the harder bacteria in a swarm push against one another, the more likely they are to go on long “walks.” Read More »

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Fine Structure Constant Goes Big in Spin Ices

Inside a quantum spin ice, the constant that defines electromagnetic interactions is 10 times larger than normal, according to calculations. Read More »

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Physics Abounds at Conference on Math and Art

Quasicrystals, the Markov-chain model, and topological surfaces were just a few of the physics concepts on display at the 2021 Bridges conference. Read More »

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Repackaging a Mathematically Odd Bottle

Stepan Paul creates mathematically correct sculptures to help teach complex math concepts. Read More »

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Controlling the Phase Transition in Superfluid Helium-3

Researchers demonstrate that they can suppress the formation of defects that appear in superfluid helium-3 when it undergoes a continuous phase transition, allowing them to influence the form of the system’s final phase. Read More »

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