The Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports that the exact same material can be turned into either a topological insulator or a superconductor. The new findings reveal that in a single-layer crystal form, at temperatures from less than 1 K to the liquid nitrogen range of -320°F, hosts three distinct phases, including topologically insulating, metallic and superconducting.
Cryogenic technology is making it possible for liquid air, nitrogen and methane—including methane derived from cow slurry—to play roles in combating global warming. Read more about these efforts in coverage from physicsworld.
The Large Hadron Collider is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built, and scientists there have pushed the frontiers of particle physics past old boundaries, achieving higher energies and greater numbers of collisions than ever before. So far all the colliders up through the LHC have revealed particles that behave in perfect accord with the Standard Model. But we might detect new particles by pushing the frontiers of experimental particle physics with new detectors that take us beyond that model. Read more from Forbes.
Measuring the properties of superconducting materials in magnetic fields at temperatures close to absolute zero is considered difficult but necessary by many researchers, helping them understand quantum properties.
Cool Pair Plus, a CSA CSM, announced that it has acquired the Tripwire product line from Simplexable LLC, calling it an important addition to its existing daVinci remote magnet monitoring system.
Late on a Friday night, 40 high school girls arrived at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt MD for a STEM-themed sleepover, ready to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.