physics http://kplu.org en Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? http://kplu.org/post/did-uw-researchers-back-right-horse-one-physics-hottest-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Think of the immense amount of stuff in the cosmos: stars, planets, interstellar dust and clusters of galaxies. Now consider this: all that stuff is probably only about one-sixth of the matter in the universe.</span></p><p>The rest is thought to be a mysterious invisible substance called dark matter — something scientists have been hunting for decades. Now an unexpected turn of events has put a low-key research team in Seattle right at the center of the dark matter search.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 13036 at http://kplu.org Did UW Researchers Back The Right Horse In One Of Physics' Hottest Questions? Chance Finding at WSU Lights Up Possibilities in Physics, Computing http://kplu.org/post/chance-finding-wsu-lights-possibilities-physics-computing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An </span><a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/wsu-add111313.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">accidental breakthrough </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">by Washington State University researchers might someday lead to much more powerful computers.</span></p><p>It began when graduate student Marianne Tarun was working with a particular kind of crystal, strontium titanate, in a WSU physics lab. The crystal has strange electrical properties, which interests engineers and computer scientists.</p><p>One day she discovered, to her surprise, that something had changed.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:31:01 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11105 at http://kplu.org Chance Finding at WSU Lights Up Possibilities in Physics, Computing Can you be in two places at once? Let's find out! http://kplu.org/post/can-you-be-two-places-once-lets-find-out <blockquote><p>It is rather rough to see that we are still in the stage of our swaddling clothes, and it is not surprising that the fellows struggle against admitting it (even to themselves).<p></blockquote><p>This is how Einstein closed his letter of December 22, 1950, to physicist Erwin Schrödinger — one of the architects of quantum mechanics. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:16:43 +0000 7611 at http://kplu.org Can you be in two places at once? Let's find out!