Looks like today's the day to head out to the garage and build yourself a perpetual motion machine, since Japanese physicists have just shown how to smash the classical second law of thermodynamics to smithereens using quantum entanglement.
When water and cornstarch are mixed, something quite odd happens — it acts like a liquid when poured and like a solid when force is applied. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Physics doesn't lie, kids. It's bad news for fans of the Dark Knight: four physics students have proven that while the construction of the bat cape would allow Batman to glide from tall buildings, unfortunately it would do little to slow his rapid descent and eventually drop him on the pavement like a ton of bricks.
On Wednesday, CERN is expected to announce that the Large Hadron Collider has found evidence that the Higgs boson exists with something on the order of 99.99% certainty. The Standard Model of particle physics has predicted the existence of the Higgs since 1967, so why is finding it such a big deal?
Quantum cryptography may be theoretically secure, but in practice, there are certain limitations that allow clever attackers to read encrypted messages. A new system that ditches quantum mechanics for classical mechanics may prove to be even more secure, backed up by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Shut the windows, lock the doors, and prepare to use your children as human shields, because the Germans have gone and developed a quantum rainbow photon gun. That shoots quantum rainbow photons. EVERYBODY RAINBOW PANIC!
Electrons are generally known as "fundamental particles," meaning they're not made up of anything: you can't smash an electron to bits, because there are no bits to smash it into. Under the right circumstances, electrons can be broken up into quasiparticles, and the third one of these has just been identified: the orbiton.
Big news! Scientists at TU Delft's Kavli Institute and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter have detected a Marjorana particle for the very first time, causing "great excitement among scientists!" Woohoo! So what the heck is a Majorana fermion, anyway?
Physicists hellbent on destroying the universe have come up with a tiny LED that produces 69 picowatts of light while using just 30 picowatts of power. That's an efficiency of above 100%, which should be impossible, but isn't. And in other breaking news, up is down, black is white, and zebras look the same.
Physicists have just created a working transistor out of a tiny phosphorous atom placed within atomic scale electrodes all within a silicon crystal. It's the precision with which the atom and the other constructs are placed that is key to this breakthrough.