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The Physics of Cat Tongues

The Physics of Cat Tongues

High-speed imaging technology reveals that there’s more to cats’ lapping than meets the eye: felines use inertia and liquid adhesion to draw vertical columns of water into their mouths.

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Why is uranium used in nuclear bombs?

Why is uranium used in nuclear bombs?

In 1934, a team led by Italian scientist Enrico Fermi began bombarding uranium atoms with neutrons, producing much smaller atoms, such as barium, and some neutrons. This process came to be known as nuclear fission.

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Paint Drying: A Stressful Process

Paint Drying: A Stressful Process

Members of Professor Eric Dufresne’s laboratory are studying the mechanical forces generated by crawling cells and have related these forces to those generated when paint dries, helping to build a greater understanding of the dynamics of soft materials.

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Physics Chair Forges Ahead

Physics Chair Forges Ahead

The Alder Women’s Board recently recognized Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics & Astronomy and the Department Chair of Physics, with the Women in Space Science Award. Previous awardees include elite women scientists, such as former NASA Spacecraft Commander

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Dark Energy: Studying the Expansion and Fate of the Universe

Dark Energy: Studying the Expansion and Fate of the Universe

In spite of gravity’s attractive force, the universe expands at an accelerating rate.
Yale Professor of Cosmology, Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, studies dark energy, the
fluid responsible for the negative pressure in the universe.

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Neutrino: Our Last Hope

Neutrino: Our Last Hope

Dr. Bonnie Fleming, Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics, is currently conducting experiments at the Fermilab on neutrino oscillations that may improve our understanding of the universe. Fermilab, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy, is the world’s

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Yale Scientist Recognized for Research on Optics

Yale Scientist Recognized for Research on Optics

A. Douglas Stone was recently named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA). A worldwide scientific organization of over fifteen thousand engineers, scientists, and educators, OSA is designed to increase and disseminate knowledge, promote research for optics, and

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Quantum Mechanics on the Macroscale

Quantum Mechanics on the Macroscale

By studying micron scale circuits and millimeter-sized mirrors, Professor Jack Harris has shown that large-scale objects can exhibit quantum properties.

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Fossil Feathers: the Research of a Genius

Fossil Feathers: the Research of a Genius

Professor Richard Prum, receipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, has combined fields as diverse as developmental biology and optical physics to study the evolution of feathers, providing a glimpse of the colors of long-extinct species.

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A Quantum Means Toward a Macro End: The Solid-State Processor

A Quantum Means Toward a Macro End: The Solid-State Processor

A team of Yale physicists led by Professor Robert Schoelkopf have advanced the field of quantum computing by constructing the first solid-state quantum processor and using it to run a search algorithm.

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