Monday, March 13, 2023

This Week in Physics — Muted Response to New Claim of a Room-Temperature Superconductor


This Week in Physics Magazine — March 13, 2023

Research News

Muted Response to New Claim of a Room-Temperature Superconductor

March 9, 2023

A research team says that they have made a material that conducts electricity without resistance at near-ambient conditions. The community has heard it before.

News Feature

Allegations of Scientific Misconduct Mount as Physicist Makes His Biggest Claim Yet

March 9, 2023

Condensed-matter physicist Ranga Dias and his colleagues reported on Tuesday the discovery of a room-temperature, near-ambient-pressure superconductor; Dias is also being accused of committing scientific misconduct, including data manipulation and plagiarism.


Molecular-Orbital Electron Sources

Alireza Nojeh – March 8, 2023

The molecular orbitals of a single C60 molecule on a tungsten tip can be used to shape the emission pattern of electrons.

Research News

Prizes for Breakfast Cereals and Bubble Tears

March 13, 2023

The Second Annual "Gallery of Soft Matter Physics" offered up bananas, cereals, jams, and other treats as part of the science-filled buffet at this year's APS March Meeting.


Four Walls Good, Two Walls Bad for Confined Cells

March 10, 2023

Segregation of chromosomes in dividing cells can be disrupted if the cells are constrained by their surroundings.


Finding the Source of Illicit Nuclear Material

March 9, 2023

A new set of diagnostic techniques developed from experimental data will improve authorities' ability to determine the provenance of spent fuel.


Density-Functional Models Get Excited

March 8, 2023

A venerable strategy for approximating a system's ground states has now been extended to accommodate its excited states.


Analyzing the Gravitational-Wave Sky

March 7, 2023

A space-based observatory will detect gravitational waves from so many different types of sources at once that a global approach will be needed to crunch the data.


How a City's Highway Geometry Evolves

March 7, 2023

Researchers have identified the traffic thresholds at which cities build urban freeways and ring roads, which could help city administrators refine infrastructure plans.


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