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July 31, 2016

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July 31, 2016

Students Calculate How to Build Star Trek Photon Torpedoes

July 21, 2016 — Physics students have boldly gone where no student has gone before -- by calculating one way to potentially build photon torpedoes seen in the Star Trek ... read more

June 30, 2016 — Scientists used high-speed photography and digital image analysis to observe both the events that cause cracks and the speed with which the cracks ... read more

Sweden's 100 Percent Carbon-Free Emissions Challenge

June 21, 2016 — The Swedish power supply is largely free of carbon emissions. Indeed, it is mainly based on a combination of hydroelectric and nuclear power combined with power exchange with neighboring Scandinavian ... read more

June 15, 2016 — By more completely capturing the dynamics of plasma turbulence across an unprecedented range of spatial and temporal scales, researchers have reproduced experimental levels of heat loss observed ... read more

Hotter All the Way: Lithium Wall Contains Plasma Without Cooling It

June 15, 2016 — You may have known lithium from its role in rechargeable batteries, but did you know it may be a vital in fusion reactors? These reactors require walls that don’t sputter out metals or overly cool ... read more

June 13, 2016 — Researchers are investigating a new material that might help in nuclear fuel recycling and waste reduction by capturing certain gases released during reprocessing more efficiently than today's ... read more

At the LHC, Charmed Twins Will Soon Be More Common Than Singles

June 8, 2016 — In the range of energies penetrated by the LHC accelerator, a new mechanism of the creation of particles is becoming more prominent, say scientists. The comparison between theoretical predictions and ... read more

June 1, 2016 — A team of researchers has successfully demonstrated a new method for producing a beam of polarized positrons, a method that could enable a wide range of applications and research, such as improved ... read more

New Approach to Nuclear Structure Cuts Amount of Computational Power Required

June 1, 2016 — The atomic nucleus is highly complex. Understanding this complexity often requires a tremendous amount of computational power. In a new study researchers propose a new approach to nuclear structure ... read more

Physicist Conducts Experiments Indicating Efficiency of Fusion Start-Up Technique

May 31, 2016 — A physicist has, for the first time, performed computer simulations indicating the efficiency of a start-up technique for doughnut-shaped fusion machines known as tokamaks. The simulations show that ... read more

Ambitious Experiments Cast Light on Far Reaches of Periodic Table

May 23, 2016 — A study of newly made chemical compounds is giving scientists a fresh understanding of an elusive ... read more

Fukushima Nuclear Accident Is 'Wake-Up Call' for US to Improve Monitoring of Spent Fuel Pools

May 20, 2016 — The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the critical importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in ... read more

Photon Collisions: Photonic Billiards Might Be the Newest Game!

May 19, 2016 — When one snooker ball hits another, both spring away from each other in an elastic manner. In the case of two photons a similar process -- the elastic collision -- has never been observed. Physicists ... read more

Bending Hot Molecules

May 18, 2016 — Hot molecules are found in extreme environments such as the edges of fusion reactors. For simulations that e.g. help to understand the physics of planetary atmospheres, it is crucial to know how ... read more

May 17, 2016 — Researchers have mapped the distribution of boron compounds in a model control rod, paving the way for determining re-criticality risk within the ... read more

Nuclear Physics' Interdisciplinary Progress

May 10, 2016 — The theoretical view of the structure of the atom nucleus is not carved in stone. Particularly, nuclear physics research could benefit from approaches found in other fields of ... read more

Physics: From the Atomic to the Nuclear Clock

May 6, 2016 — Measuring time using oscillations of atomic nuclei might significantly improve precision beyond that of current atomic clocks. Physicists have now taken an important step toward this ... read more

May 3, 2016 — This article describes a new finding about the composition of bootstrap current at the edge of fusion ... read more

Nuclear Pores Captured on Film

May 2, 2016 — Using an ultra fast-scanning atomic force microscope, a team of researchers has filmed “living” nuclear pore complexes at work for the first time. Nuclear pores are molecular machines that ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The modern challenge of nuclear waste storage and disposal has researchers looking back at ancient materials from around the ... read more

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