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Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics announced

October 2019 has seen the announcement of the Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics. These are awarded for developments with lithium-ion batteries and for the hunt for new exoplanets.

From 'weirdo' PhD stargazer to Nobel Physics laureate

Paris - As a student astronomer scanning the skies with homemade instruments a quarter of a century ago, Didier Queloz spent months doubting the data that led him to an inescapable conclusion: he'd just discovered the first planet outside Earth's solar system....

Nobel Physics Prize honours dark matter and exoplanets

Stockholm - Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize for research that increases the understanding of our place in the universe.

UK particle accelerator to reveal secrets of 2,000-year-old papyrus

Didcot - A leading science facility in the English countryside is helping in a bid to decipher Roman-era scrolls carbonised in the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

Creating tunable graphene for next-gen electronics

Much has been spoken about graphene and its remarkable properties. With electronics, to be truly useful graphene would need to carry an electric current that switches on and off, as with silicon. Researchers are devising a laser-method to do just that.

Atomic mystery: Geometry of the electron revealed

What does an electron look like? While physicists have long speculated, the geometry of the electron has been revealed for the first time. This insight may help with the development of quantum computers.

Essential Science: Nature will now define the kilogram

The original kilogram is no more, or at least it will remain locked in a Paris vault never to be used for official purposes, such as calibrating national weight standard again. Instead there’s a new approach for assessing global mass.

Essential Science: Introducing the ‘wonder material’ — borophene

Forget graphene, there’s a new ‘super material’ that it getting scientists interested – borophene. The material has properties that are stronger and more flexible than graphene. We take a look at some future possibilities.

Scientists apply AI to predict material properties

Researchers from Singapore, the U.S. and Russia have developed artificial intelligence that can be applied to materials science, in order to predict and engineer material properties. This could lead to creating new materials with special properties.

Physicists 'flash-freeze' crystals to stimulate 'dark' magnetism

In a proof-of-concept study, researchers have successfully 'flash-frozen' crystal of 150 ions. The exercise could open up possibilities for simulating magnetism at the quantum scale and sensing signals from dark matter.

Stephen Hawking's nurse struck off over care failings

London - The nurse who cared for late British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking was on Tuesday banned for failing "to provide the standards of good, professional care that we expect and Professor Hawking deserved".

3D printed wormhole for sound waves

A novel method has been used to create an unusual type of wormhole, or rather ‘fake wormholes’ for soundwaves. The mathematical model is designed to assist with the search for ‘real’ wormholes in spacetime.

New process melts gold at room temperature

To melt metals requires the application of high levels of heat. This fundamental of physics has been altered by a research team who have succeeded in melting gold at room temperature. This comes down to tension.

Accessing the tiny magnet within the core of a single atom

Scientists have achieved a major scientific breakthrough by detecting the nuclear magnetism, or "nuclear spin" of a single atom.

Glitzy 'Science Oscars' to make stars of researchers

Washington - Nine scientists were recognized Wednesday with a "Breakthrough Prize," a $3 million Silicon Valley-funded award meant to confer Oscars-style glamour and prestige on the basic sciences.

Female Nobel winner a long time coming, and a drop in the ocean

Paris - When Canadian scientist Donna Strickland got the early morning call informing her she just won the Nobel Physics Prize, she could barely hide her amazement.

Laser pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize

Stockholm - Three scientists on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize, including the first woman to receive the prestigious award in 55 years, for inventing optical lasers that have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in corrective eye surgery.

Laser pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize

Stockholm - Three scientists on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize, including the first woman in 55 years, for inventing optical lasers that have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in corrective eye surgery, the jury said.

Trio win Nobel Physics Prize for laser research

Stockholm - Three researchers on Tuesday shared the 2018 Nobel Physics Prize for inventions in the field of laser physics which have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in corrective eye surgery and industry, the jury said.

Essential Science: What are the limits of the periodic table?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first periodic table of elements. At stages the table has been added to, as new elements are discovered or, these days, ‘manufactured’. Just how far can the table keep growing?

Now's the time to invest in quantum computing skills

Futurists looking ahead for the types of skills that will be required by future generations have highlighted quantum computing skills as a core requirement for preparing for the next technological wave.

Physicists to create new X-ray diagnostics for WEST facility

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a DOE Office of Science award to develop new X-ray diagnostics for WEST, the Tungsten (W) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak, in France.

Essential Science: Physicists detect a 'time' crystal

Scientists have uncovered hints of a time crystal. This is a a crystalline form of matter that 'ticks' when exposed to an electromagnetic pulse. The location of the discovery is almost as unusual as the discovery itself.

After death, Hawking cuts 'multiverse' theory down to size

Paris - With a science paper published after his death, Stephen Hawking has revived debate on a deeply divisive question for cosmologists: Is our Universe just one of many in an infinite, ever-expanding "multiverse"?

German physics Nobel laureate Peter Gruenberg dead at 78

Berlin - German physicist Peter Gruenberg, a joint Nobel Prize winner whose work revolutionised digital data storage, has died aged 78, his research centre said Monday.

James Webb space telescope launch date pushed to 2020

NASA has announced a further delay to the James Webb Space Telescope’s launch. The agency had been targeting March-June 2019 for the much-heralded telescope’s liftoff, but technical problems and "avoidable errors" have pushed the launch date to 2020.

Can machines be taught to spot the essential?

Zurich - Physicists are examining the possibility of harnessing machine learning as an integral part of the physical reasoning process, developing platforms to help advance science.

Physicists create new form of light

Physicists have demonstrated that photons can be made to interact with each other, creating what is, in effect, a new form of light. This development could help with the creation of quantum computers.

Black holes dissolving like aspirin: How Hawking changed physics

Paris - When Stephen Hawking postulated in the mid-1970s that black holes leak radiation, slowly dissolving like aspirin in a glass of water, he overturned a core tenet of the Universe.

Stephen Hawking: a brief history of genius

London - Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain's most famous modern day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.
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Members of the Nobel Committee for Physics announce the 2017 prize winners: Rainer Weiss  Barry Bari...
Members of the Nobel Committee for Physics announce the 2017 prize winners: Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne.
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Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.
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