Physics and Astronomy News Archive: May 2018

Image: Scientists discover new magnetic element
Scientists discover new magnetic element
Source: UMN   Posted: 5/30/18
A new experimental discovery demonstrates that the chemical element ruthenium (Ru) is the fourth single element to have unique magnetic properties at room temperature.

Image: New radiation source could be less harmful alternative to x-rays
New radiation source could be less harmful alternative to x-rays
Source: Strath   Posted: 5/7/18
A new source of intense terahertz (THz) radiation, which could offer a less harmful alternative to x-rays and has strong potential for use in industry, is being developed.

Image: Mercury May Have a Thinner Crust Than We Thought
Mercury May Have a Thinner Crust Than We Thought
Source: UArizona   Posted: 5/4/18
Scientists used careful mathematical calculations to determine the density of Mercury’s crust, which is thinner than anyone thought.

Image: Molecules Brilliantly Illuminated
Molecules Brilliantly Illuminated
Source: LMUM   Posted: 5/3/18
A new high-power laser system generates ultrashort pulses of light covering a large share of the mid-infrared spectrum.

Image: EPR paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time
EPR paradox observed in many-particle system for the first time
Source: UNIBAS   Posted: 5/2/18
Physicists have observed the quantum mechanical Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in a system of several hundred interacting atoms for the first time.

Image: Einstein’s “spooky action” goes massive!
Einstein’s “spooky action” goes massive!
Source: AALTO   Posted: 5/2/18
The elusive quantum mechanical phenomenon called entanglement has now been made a reality in objects almost macroscopic in size.