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January 4, 2012

International Linear Collider race starts in physics

January 4, 2012

From the group of Jim BrauJim Brau helps explain experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the USA Today Tech column.
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May 15, 2011

Forecast calls for nanoflowers to help return eyesight

May 15, 2011

From the group of Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is on a quest to grow flowers that will help people who’ve lost their sight — such as those suffering from macular degeneration — to see again.

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March 31, 2011

Nearly a thousand showed up for the first North American Physics Slam at UO

March 31, 2011

From the group of Jim Brau

Eight hundred turned out at UO on March 22, 2011 for the first physics slam in North America. The slam was hosted in concert with the American Linear Collider Physics Group Workshop ( ALCPG11) held at UO. The overflow crowd filled Columbia 150 and Pacific 123 to hear five physicists from around the world compete with their explanations of dark matter, extra dimensions, neutrinos and astrophysics, particle detectors, and superconducting cavities for particle acceleration. The event was recorded by various news media:

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March 2, 2011

BBC Television Show Analyzes Pollock’s Fractals

March 2, 2011

From the group of Richard Taylor 

The BBC is filming a three-part series called “The Code” hosted by Marcus du Sautoy, a professor of mathematics at Oxford. The program is about the structural systems that determine the form of everything from beehives and bubbles to music, computer animation and the weather. Richard Taylor was featured to explain how the mathematical “code” behind one of Pollock’s drip paintings was unique enough to expose counterfeits. In the picture, Richard Taylor and Marcus du Sautoy discuss the physics behind the fractal “code” found in nature and in Pollock’s poured paintings, while Rick Montgomery operates the Pollockizer, a driven pendulum whose paint-filled bob splatters paint in patterns reminiscent of Jackson Pollock.

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February 13, 2011

Sparking girls to be scientists

Feb. 13, 2011

From the group Oregon Center for Optics

The Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence is an informal science outreach program targeting middle school aged girls. The goal of the program is to inspire young women to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines by providing them with fun, hands-on science activities and camps.

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February 4, 2011

Graham Kribs, adventurous Ben Lee fellow

Feb. 4, 2011

From the group of  Graham Kribs

Fermilab Today profiled Graham Kribs, preceding a seminar talk he gave to the joint experiment/theory seminar as a Ben Lee Fellow.

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January 5, 2011

Physics and leaf-cutter ants

Jan. 5, 2011

From the group of Robert Schofield

Leaf-cutter ants rely on their razor-sharp mandibles to cut leaves to pieces. But over time, their mandibles dull. Physicist Robert Schofield, of the University of Oregon, looked at what happens when the aging ants struggle with their snipping. He and his colleagues found they take on a new job.

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October 2, 2010

Physicists Break Color Barrier for Sending, Receiving Photons

Oct. 2, 2010

From the group of Mike Raymer

University of Oregon scientists have invented a method to change the color of single photons in a fiber optic cable. The laser-tweaked feat could be a quantum step forward for transferring and receiving high volumes of secured data for future generations of the Internet.

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September 13, 2010

Research may shed light on solar cells

Sept 13, 2010

From the group of Steve Kevan

In collaboration with colleagues at Oregon State University and the University of Illinois, we have initiated a project to improve the efficiency of solar cells, by improving their quantum efficiency using an approach called heterojunction-assisted impact ionization. This approach is based loosely on advanced semiconductor detectors in which energetic carriers produced by higher energy photons decay by production of additional electron-hole pairs by impact ionization. Our approach could be applied to existing PV material systems, and we are also seeking new low-cost, environmentally benign materials for future applications.

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September 3, 2010

Eternal black holes are the ultimate cosmic safes

Sept 3, 2010

From the group of Steve Hsu

While investigating whether white holes (time reversed black holes) emit Hawking radiation, Hsu discovered that certain quantum black hole states are eternal and do not evaporate.

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