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You may think your microwave is good only for making popcorn or heating up last night's leftovers. But with a big chocolate bar and a little ingenuity, you can use use your microwave to calculate the speed of light.

source: The Huffington Post

A team of theoretical physicists has just published the schematics for a method that tackles the biggest hurdle in quantum computing: keeping everything cool. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract.

source: Popular Mechanics

It's a long way from being a discovery, but it's getting physicists excited: the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Lab is accumulating evidence that could point to strange Baryons. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract.

source: The Register

In 2007, when Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo were racing to deliver the most powerful desktop game box on the market, astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, was racing to the local Walmart to purchase not just one, but sixteen Sony PlayStation3s...

source: Space.com

Geckos are known for their remarkably adhesive feet. In a new study, researchers describe just how remarkable those feet are. It turns out that gecko feet are able to stick and unstick themselves instantly – so when a gecko goes from hanging off of a ceiling to scurrying...

source: The Washington Post

Researchers may have unearthed the secret of room-temperature superconductors: building your own metamaterial superconductor from scratch.

source: ExtremeTech

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