Brookhaven dedicates “brightest beacon at the frontiers of discovery”

The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven Laboratory was dedicated February 6. NSLS-II, which produces extremely bright beams of X-ray, ultraviolet and infrared light, will examine a wide range of materials, including superconductors and catalysts, geological samples, and biological proteins, to accelerate advances in energy, environmental science and medicine.

What’s new for LHC Run II

Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. When the particle accelerator restarts, it will collide protons at an unprecedented energy: 13 trillion electron volts. The upgraded capabilities of the ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb detectors—plus the LHC’s extra boost of power—will give scientists access to a previously inaccessible realm of physics.

Potential of molybdenum disulfide for extreme-temperature electronics

Many industries are calling for electronics that can operate reliably in a harsh environment, including extreme temperatures above 200°C. A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide, a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications.

Maglev elevators go up, down and sideways

Elevators are about to get a major upgrade: the ability to go sideways, thanks to magnetic levitation technology. German industrial behemoth ThyssenKrupp is promising that two-axis travel ("the holy grail of the elevator industry") will revolutionize intra-building travel, and that they will have it operational in 2016.

Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory

A new study by a team of physicists adds to the growing body of evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors, including high temperature superconductivity and heavy fermion physics, arise from quantum fluctuations of strongly correlated electrons. The study describes results from a series of experiments that tested for the first time a prediction from a theory about the origins of quantum criticality that was published in 2001.