Category Archives: New technology

A Pinch Of Moondust In The ITER Plasma

One day in the distant future, fusion plants might be fuelled by helium 3—an isotope that is extremely scarce on Earth but reputed to be abundant on the Moon. But long before the advent of helium 3 fusion¹ (if ever … Continue reading

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Calculating Quantum Computing’s Future

In 1982, Nobel Prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman conceived of an ultrapowerful calculator that relies on microscopic particles to operate. He called his idea a “quantum” computer, referring to the laws that govern nature at a subatomic level. Today, some of … Continue reading

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Helium Jet Focuses Extreme-ultraviolet Light

A lens for extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) light has been created by physicists in Germany. Using a jet of gaseous helium, Bernd Schütte and colleagues at the Max Born Institute could focus XUV beams and separate the light into its constituent wavelengths. … Continue reading

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The Race Of The Manufacturers Of MRI To Reduce Their Dependence On Helium

Away from the hustle and bustle of the race to electric vehicles, it is a battle of similar, but far more unobtrusive among the manufacturers of MRI: reducing the fossil energy consumption of these large medical imaging devices, fond of … Continue reading

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Large Hadron Collider: 10 Years of Pushing The Frontiers Of Physics

On September 10, 2008, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) fired up for the very first time. In the decade since, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator has been responsible for some of the most important breakthroughs in scientific … Continue reading

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