Physicists Take Particle Self-Assembly to New Level by Mimicking Biology

DNA Strands Programmed To Fold Into Specific Geometries

The illustration shows how droplets with different DNA strands first combine into chains, which are then programmed to fold into specific geometries, analogous to protein folding. The carpet highlights one folding pathway of a hexamer chain folding into a polytetrahedron. The zoom shows how the formation of DNA double helices drives droplet-droplet binding. Credot: Image … Read more

AI Reduces a 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Only Four Equations

Abstract Quantum Physics Qubits

Abstract quantum physics illustration. Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, all without sacrificing accuracy. A daunting quantum problem that until now required 100,000 equations has been compressed into a bite-size task of as few as four … Read more

Physicists Discover Unexpected Mirror Nuclei Pairings

Atom Atomic Energy Illustration

Protons collide with their fellow protons and neutrons with their fellow neutrons more often than predicted. Physicists peer into mirror nuclei. The atomic nucleus is a busy place. Its protons and neutrons periodically collide and fly apart with high momentum before snapping back together like the ends of a stretched rubber band. Physicists researching these … Read more

Space Station Swaps Command Today Before Three Russian Cosmonauts Depart

Space Station Swaps Command Today Before Three Russian Cosmonauts Depart

The Soyuz MS-21 crew ship is pictured docked to the International Space Station’s Prichal docking module which is itself attached to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. The station was orbiting 259 miles above northwest Sudan at the time this photograph was taken on September 21, 2022. Credit: NASA Onboard the International Space Station (ISS), the … Read more

5 Ways To Improve Your Brain Health 

Human Brain Artificial Intelligence AI Illustration

Early studies of the brain determined that there wasn’t much you could do as an adult to improve brain health and cognitive function. Most believed that brain development took place in early childhood and that once you reached a certain age, you just worked with what you had. We now know that this isn’t true. … Read more

Researchers Discover a “Diamond Factory” Deep Inside Earth

Diamond Electric

Scientists have discovered that much more carbon exists in the mantle than predicted. Researchers find rust and diamonds at the Earth’s core-mantle boundary. On the Earth’s surface, steel rusts due to water and air. But what about deep inside the interior of the Earth? The biggest carbon storage on Earth is the Earth’s core, where 90% … Read more