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Taken from the March 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Is “biodynamic wine” is stuff or nonsense? In this article (originally published in Lateral Thoughts, Physics World’s regular column of humorous and offbeat essays, puzzles, crosswords, quizzes and comics, which
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Caught in a trap: Honeywell says it will soon be releasing a powerful new quantum computer. (Courtesy: Honeywell) Honeywell says that it will release the world’s most powerful commercial quantum computer by mid-2020. The US-based manufacturer of scientific and commercial equipment says that the device is based on trapped ions, which is a different technology
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Dressing up: physicists have studied “The Portrait of FP Makerovsky in a Masquerade Costume” by Dmitry Levitsky (Courtesy: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Physicists at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology along with colleagues at the Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry and the Tretyakov Gallery have solved a longstanding mystery surrounding
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© AuntMinnieEurope.com An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can provide fully automated quantification of emphysema, offering potential as a tool for image-based diagnosis and quantification of emphysema severity, according to research published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR 10.2214/AJR.19.21572). After testing prototype AI software on over 140 patients, a multinational team of researchers found that
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The novel coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic has only been known for a few months but scientists have already gained a vast amount of information about it. Some of this knowledge has been gained by structural biologists who use techniques first developed by physicists. In this podcast episode, the science journalist Jon Cartwright explains
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Left, a tissue sample dyed by traditional methods. Centre, a computed stain created from infrared–optical hybrid imaging. Right, tissue types identified with infrared data; the pink in this image signifies malignant cancer. (Courtesy: Rohit Bhargava, University of Illinois) A novel hybrid microscope delivers the same information as standard optical microscopy without the need for detrimental
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A computational technique originally developed in geophysics enables generation of high-resolution, three-dimensional ultrasound images of the brain. (Courtesy: L Guasch et al) A computational technique developed to process seismic images of the Earth’s subsurface could allow for high-resolution human brain imaging, reports a new study by researchers from Imperial College London. Although presently in the
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[embedded content] The stiffness of the human foot is strongly influenced by an arch that spans its width, a new study suggests. An international research team, led by Madhusudhan Venkadesan at Yale University in the US, came to this conclusion by doing simulations and experiments of the physical mechanisms underlying the foot’s transverse tarsal arch
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First author Hannah Behrens at the University of Oxford is investigating how a novel toxin is imported into bacteria. (Courtesy: Hannah Behrens, University of Oxford). Using a combination of methods, including X-ray crystallography, small-angle scattering and live-cell imaging, an international research team has probed the structure of a potent new antibacterial agent: PyoS5. By analysing
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Expert assembly: cryogenic systems from Bluefors have been engineered in a modular system that now offers the option of high-density wiring. Researchers attempting to build the next generation of quantum computers are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with current experimental technologies. One of the challenges is testing the behaviour of a complex
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An artist’s impression of the ExoMars rover on the surface of Mars. (Courtesy: ESA/ATG medialab) Europe’s Rosalind Franklin rover, which was set to begin its journey to Mars this summer, has had its launch postponed until 2022 amid parachute and electronics difficulties and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The joint mission between the European
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