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Exploring the phenomenon of superconductivity

Fermions in flatland pair up at very high temperatures: Heidelberg physicists find evidence of an exotic state of matter. |SOURCE| Using ultracold atoms, researchers at Heidelberg University have found an exotic state of matter where the constituent particles pair up when limited to two dimensions. The findings from the field of quantum physics [...] Read more

Scientists Disprove Century-Old Assumption About the Brain's Neurons

|SOURCE| For more than 100 years, physicists have relied on a “neuron computational scheme” that assumed the neurons within our brains are individual excitable elements. In a new paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, a team of physicists provide evidence that the traditional scheme has been wrong—each neuron functions as a collection [...] Read more

Photons are caught behaving like superconducting electrons

Whether the particles of light can produce a supercurrent remains to be seen. |SOURCE| Light is a fan of the buddy system. Photons, or particles of light, have been spotted swapping energy with partners. This chummy behavior resembles how electrons pair up in materials that conduct current without resistance, known as superconductors, researchers [...] Read more

Jupiter’s strange, pulsating auroras are even more mysterious than we thought

Researchers hope Juno could help shed light on why Jupiter’s northern and southern lights behave differently. |SOURCE| Glowing high in the atmosphere, the northern and southern lights shine softly, brilliantly—and on Jupiter, weirdly. Jupiter, like our own planet, has distinct auroras (northern lights by another name) near its poles. An aurora [...] Read more

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