Stories by Lisa Zyga

CP violation or new physics?

(Phys.org)—Over the past few years, multiple neutrino experiments have detected hints for leptonic charge parity (CP) violation—a finding that could help explain why the universe is made of matter and not antimatter. ...

Jul 25, 2016

Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries

(Phys.org)—In order to prevent short circuits in batteries, porous separator membranes are often placed between a battery's electrodes. There is typically a tradeoff involved, since these separators must simultaneously ...

Jul 22, 2016

Quantum fingerprinting surpasses classical limit

(Phys.org)—As the saying goes, no two fingerprints are alike, and the same is true for quantum fingerprints. Just as a human fingerprint is only a fraction of the size of a person, yet can be used to distinguish between ...

Jul 05, 2016

'Quantum' bounds not so quantum after all

(Phys.org)—Quantum bounds are numbers (such as 4, 6, and 2√2) that naturally appear in quantum experiments, similar to how the number π emerges in circles. But just as how π pops up in a wide variety of areas beyond ...

Jul 01, 2016

Tiny DNA 'legs' walk with record fuel efficiency

(Phys.org)—For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a DNA nanomotor that can "walk" along a track with sustainable motion. The nanomotor also has the highest fuel efficiency for any type of walking nanomotor, or ...

Jun 30, 2016

Algorithm ensures that random numbers are truly random

(Phys.org)—Generating a sequence of random numbers may be more difficult than it sounds. Although the numbers may appear random, how do you know for sure that they don't actually follow some complex, underlying pattern? ...

Jun 24, 2016

Genetic algorithms can improve quantum simulations

(Phys.org)—Inspired by natural selection and the concept of "survival of the fittest," genetic algorithms are flexible optimization techniques that can find the best solution to a problem by repeatedly selecting for and ...

Jun 23, 2016

Hybrid nanogenerator harvests hard-to-reach ocean energy

(Phys.org)—Energy from the ocean, or "blue energy," is arguably the most underexploited power source, according to researchers in a new study. Although the oceans contain enough energy to meet all of the world's energy ...

Jun 21, 2016