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Researchers Coax Levitating Glass Bead Into the Quantum World

  Studying the quantum state of the universe is a challenging endeavor in part because objects only have detectable quantum properties on the smallest of scales. The larger something is, the harder it is to get it into a well-defined quantum state unobscured by environmental effects. A team of US-Austrian …

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Exotic Binary System Confirms Relativistic Frame-Dragging

An international team of astronomers has found exciting new evidence for Lense-Thirring precession — an effect of relativistic frame-dragging — after tracking the pulsar-white dwarf binary system PSR J1141-6545 for almost two decades. An artist’s depiction of a rapidly spinning neutron star and a white dwarf dragging the fabric of …

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Fruit Flies Spontaneously Form Orderly Groups

According to new research, opposing desires to congregate and maintain some personal space drive fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) to form orderly social clusters. Drosophila melanogaster. Image credit: Botaurus. Many animals ranging from swarming insects to wildebeests form large, orderly groups. This collective behavior is often crucial to survival. It may …

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