Author Archives: rberkowitz

A Time Crystal Without a Driver

A calculation shows that an elusive, isolated quantum time crystal may not be far from reality. Continue reading

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Plants slow river migration

Rivers in unvegetated landscapes migrate an order of magnitude faster than their vegetated counterparts. Continue reading

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There’s a lithium battery in your future

The latest approaches toward developing batteries with higher energy density for electric vehicles and other applications. Continue reading

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Physical cosmology wins a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics

James Peebles developed a mathematical framework that describes how the universe evolved. Decades of empirical evidence later, it still holds up. Continue reading

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Physics Technique Reveals Hidden Bugs to Bats

Strategic angles help bats hunt stationary bugs on leaves. Continue reading

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An odd fluid shows its inner workings

Viscous forces drive waves along a two-dimensional fluid’s free surface. Continue reading

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A community effort to understand plant-soil-aerosol interactions

An ecosystem-wide molecular-level understanding of source-sink interactions is vital for trapping atmospheric carbon and increasing plant productivity. Now, plant scientists, climatologists, and atmospheric chemists are joining forces to create just that.  Continue reading

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A chiral fluid has odd viscosity

Viscous forces drive wave propagation along a two-dimensional fluid’s free surface.  Continue reading

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A tiny swimmer generates rapid, far-reaching signals in water

Colonies of a single-celled organism synchronize their contractions to release toxins that may deter predators. Continue reading

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Arsenic-Eating Fern Hints at Cleanup Solutions

The Chinese brake fern’s genes let it safely store the poison. Continue reading

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