Ants know the secret to avoiding traffic jams

robot-traffic2.jpgIn a confined environment, ants divide labor to optimize nest excavation.  Read more in Physics Today…

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When the ants go marching in

ants-digging-003.jpgAnts in a confined environment divide labor to optimize excavation.  Read more in Physics Today…

 

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Semiconductor crystals achieve record thermal conductivity

图解2The synthesis of low-defect boron arsenide crystals could reduce overheating in electronic devices.  Read more in Physics Today…

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“Strange” cuprate superconducting behavior motivates need for new models

strange-cuprateResearchers have discovered a new property of cuprates above the superconducting temperature. Read more in MRS Bulletin…

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Southern Ocean absorbs less CO2 than previously thought

Screen Shot 2018-08-24 at 10.01.45.pngWinter measurements by robotic floats call current carbon estimates into question. Read more in Physics Today…

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Acoustic metasurface creates quiet locations in a room

metaWith its tunable panels, the specially designed surface can sculpt soundscapes on the fly. Read more in Physics Today…

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Binary semiconductor realizes high thermal conductivity

hu-1.jpgThe synthesis of low-defect boron arsenide crystals could help thermal management in electronic devices. Read more in Physics Today…

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Taking the twinkle out of stars

VLT_BerkowitzAdaptive optics at Paranal Observatory give satellite-quality images from surface of Earth.  Read more at SPIE Professional…

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Size-sorted sand creates uncommon length scale in windblown formations

A combination of grain-size distribution and critical wind speed is responsible for megaripples.  Read more in Physics Today…

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Friction remembers its past

friction.jpgExperiments show that frictional interfaces age and bounce back.  Read more in Physics Today…

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