Put on your headphones, crank up your speakers, and hit play: Pete Townshend’s gritty guitar style may have helped define The Who’s sound, but it’s also the inspiration behind a recent Physical Review Letter. The wailing—even screeching—so characteristic of his style is a prime example of guitar feedback, which occurs when the amplifier’s noise makes
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WASHINGTON — SpinLaunch, a startup pursuing an alternative approach for placing payloads into orbit, has raised $35 million in a new funding round disclosed Jan. 16. The company, headquartered in Long Beach, California, said the new round featured several funds that included Airbus Ventures, the venture capital arm of aerospace company Airbus. Other investors include
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Protons penetrating the graphene film grown on copper. Courtesy: L Gao A new technique to make ultra-flat, wrinkle-free films of graphene could pave the way for a host of applications, including graphene-based flexible electronics and high-frequency transistors. The technique works by introducing protons into the film as graphene is synthesized using chemical vapour deposition (CVD),
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The legendary giant squid has reached school-bus size with eyes as big as dinner plates and tentacles that can snatch prey 10 yards away. The University of Copenhagen-led team that includes scientist Caroline Albertin of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) found the full genome sequence of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux). According to study
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A retina scarred by infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which goes quiet when triggered by a gene called BFD1. Credit: Paul Whitten/SPL Microbiology 16 January 2020 The toxoplasmosis parasite can hide in a person’s organs after infection and re-emerge years later. About one-quarter of the world’s population is chronically infected with an inactive form
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This episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast features an interview with Alan Bigelow, science director of Solar Cookers International, a non-profit organization that researches and promotes solar cooking. Bigelow explains how solar cookers work, why they are needed and the challenges of using such cookers in harsh environments. Caitlyn Hughes, the company’s executive director,
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Owen Guo, chief executive of Ispect Technology in Taiwan.Credit: Matthew Szekely Owen Guo, chief executive of Ispect Technology, explains how his company’s devices help manufacturers to regulate the quality of food products. Where did the idea for your company come from? I met the co-founders of Ispect Technology, Ted Wang and Chloe Lee, in 2017
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WASHINGTON — With its funding secured for the next three years, the head of the European Space Agency is now focused on implementing those key programs while establishing a new cooperative agreement with the European Union. At a press briefing Jan. 15 at ESA’s Paris headquarters, ESA Director General Jan Woerner reviewed the outcome of
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The Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have made a 100 million euro ($111.65 million) investment in Arrival, a little-known U.K. based start-up specializing in electric vehicles. According to Arrival, the investment values the company, which was established in 2015, at a staggering 3 billion euros. J.P. Morgan led the firm’s funding round and
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(Photo: Reuters)It is not just the water in the crater but also the lake that surrounds the volcano is drying up. The lake at the crater of Taal Volcano, which is a popular tourist destination, is drying up, according to the local geohazard agency. Antonia Bornas from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)
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BOSTON – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seeks to dramatically increase the supply of radio occultation soundings it feeds into weather forecast models. NOAA currently obtains slightly more than 2,000 soundings daily from its own satellites and those of its international partners. The agency has a target of acquiring 20,000 soundings per day, Steve
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Compact and efficient: prototype of a working, pocket-sized neutron detector made with semiconductor rich in lithium-6. (Courtesy: Northwestern University/Argonne National Laboratory) A semiconductor material containing lithium-6 shows great promise for creating highly-efficient detectors of thermal neutrons. The 2D layered material was created and tested by scientists in the US and could someday be used in
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If your family loves the idea of saving energy, there are several things you can do. Going green in your home helps create a healthier world in which we live, and it saves your family money in the process. Here are five easy ways to save energy as a family. Find The Best Energy Plan
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Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps for Google Inc., speaks during the Google I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Google’s announcement on Tuesday that it would end support for third-party cookies pummeledCriteo’s stock and weighed
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At the beginning of the year, Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK government, posted an unusual advert on his blog, calling for data scientists, mathematicians and physicists to join him at the heart of government. As outgoing director of the Royal Statistical Society in London and soon-to-be chief executive of the British Academy,
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BOSTON – Spire Global shared early data from new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Reflectometry cubesats at the American Meteorological Society conference here. Spire launch two GNSS Reflectometry cubesats Dec. 11 on an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The spacecraft, equipped with bistatic radars to observe how GNSS signals scatter after bouncing off Earth surface
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Taken from the January 2020 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Some business models might seem crazy. But they’re not mad if they work, as James McKenzie explains Squeezed margins: A disassembled WiFi-connected Juicero Press reveals how much more complex this
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It is quite common for a woman to have sudden breakouts from time to time; especially during that time of the month. However, some adult acne will overstay their welcome which sucks! So, what causes breakouts? Dermatologists say that the overproduction of oil and hormones are the main culprits. When the hair follicles are clogged
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