Scientists break the link between a quantum material’s spin and orbital states
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Scientists break the link between a quantum material’s spin and orbital states

These balloon-and-disc shapes represent an electron orbital — a fuzzy electron cloud around an atom’s nucleus — in two different orientations. Scientists hope to someday use variations in the orientations of orbitals as the 0s and 1s needed to make computations and store information in computer memories, a system known as orbitronics. A SLAC study…

Scientists admit they can’t tell male and female dinosaurs apart
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Scientists admit they can’t tell male and female dinosaurs apart

Male and female dinosaurs may have looked similar due to only slight differences in bone structure, according to a new study. British researchers analysed skulls from modern-day gharials, a critically endangered giant crocodile, to observe how easy it is to distinguish between males and females. Reaching nearly 20 feet in length and weighing more than a quarter of…

Scientists reveal new insights of exploding massive stars and future gravitational wave detectors
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Scientists reveal new insights of exploding massive stars and future gravitational wave detectors

Artist’s impression of a supernova. Credit: Pixabay In a study recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Dr. Jade Powell and Dr. Bernhard Mueller from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) simulated three core-collapse supernovae using supercomputers from across Australia, including the OzSTAR supercomputer at Swinburne University…