Once again let’s take a look at what’s been going on in the world of physics. Here’s a summary of the physics news of the week. To read more use the links below. Also, to receive these news to your email, register for our email newsletter.
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has announced the winners of the Science Communication Awards. The winners are a journalist and a children’s book author, who were awarded for their works on the discovery of the Higgs boson and a dog’s imaginary trip to the Moon.
Tom Siegfried won the prize in the science writing category for his essay called “Nature’s Secrets Foretold,” published in Science News magazine. Whereas Jeffrey Bennett will receive the award for his book “Max Goes to the Moon”.
Lasers — a key to the medicine of the future
Ever since the discoveries of Louis de Broglie back in 1926, physicists have been wondering if the bizarre quantum wave-particle duality could be observed in the macroscopic world. Now, two French researchers believe that have made an important step towards the understanding of the mysteries of quantum mechanics. In the experiments performed in 2005 Yves Couder and Emmanuel Fort showed that bouncing droplets in a vibrating oil bath displayed certain quantum behaviour in macroscopic world.
Unfortunately, the simple system of the French physicists failed to reproduce any behaviour associated with quantum entanglement. For this reason and the simplicity of the system most scientists and philosophers seemed to be sceptical when asked if the Couder and Fort’s experiments could deepen our understanding of quantum mechanics.
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and the Polish Wroclaw University of Technology have once again showed that physics can play an important role in medicine. In particular, the researchers discovered that it is possible to distinguish aggregations of proteins, believed to cause the diseases, from the the well-functioning proteins in the body by using multi-photon lasers. Such a technique could potentially cure diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.