Twisted light from the beginning of time could reveal brand-new physics

A twist in the universe’s first light could hint that scientists need to rethink physics.  A pair of Japanese scientists looked at the polarization or orientation of light from the cosmic microwave background radiation, some of the earliest light emitted after the universe’s birth. They found the polarization of photons, or light particles, might be […]

Electrons hop to it on twisted molecular wires

IMAGE: Concept and chemical structure of periodically twisted molecular wires. view more  Credit: Osaka University Osaka, Japan – Researchers at Osaka University synthesized twisted molecular wires just one molecule thick that can conduct electricity with less resistance compared with previous devices. This work may lead to carbon-based electronic devices that require fewer toxic materials or harsh […]