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Researchers Tackle the Dark Side of Moore's Law

Researchers Tackle the Dark Side of Moore's Law

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Moore's Law, an observation that every couple of years, computer chip manufacturers manage to squeeze twice as many transistors onto a computer chip. Because transistors are the tiny on-off switches that perform calculations and temporarily store information, Moore’s Law also embodies the exponential increase in raw computing power that has unleashed a blizzard of tech innovations.

Capping Decades of Searching, Scientists Observe Elusive Particle That is its own Antiparticle

Capping Decades of Searching, Scientists Observe Elusive Particle That is its own Antiparticle

Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Princeton University have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a breakthrough that could eventually enable powerful computers based on quantum mechanics.

Backstage Pass to the Texas Pettawatt Laser

Backstage Pass to the Texas Pettawatt Laser

Science writer and UT Austin alumnus Joe Hanson (Ph.D. '13) takes us on a tour of the Texas Center for High Intensity Laser Science, home of the Texas Pettawatt Laser. Photos by Robert Schults evoke the awe and mystery of this fundamental research. Read the article in the July/August 2014 edition of the Alcalde: 1,000,000,000,000,000 Wat...

Physicists Take Photonic Topological Insulators to the Next Level

Topological insulators, a state of matter that was only discovered in the past decade, may enable dramatic advances in quantum computing and spintronics.

Texas Astronomers Measure Most Massive, Most Unusual Black Hole Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Texas Astronomers Measure Most Massive, Most Unusual Black Hole Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

The unusual black hole makes up 14 percent of its galaxy's mass, rather than the usual 0.1 percent, and lies 220 million light-years away in the constellation Perseus.
Chelikowsky Wins The American Physical Society’s Highest Award In Computational Physics

Chelikowsky Wins The American Physical Society’s Highest Award In Computational Physics

Physicist-chemist received the award for his computational applications of quantum theories to understand and predict material properties.

Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

The white dwarf stars are so close together that they make a complete orbit in less than 13 minutes.

Pair of Black Holes "Weigh In" at 10 Billion Suns; Most Massive Yet

Pair of Black Holes "Weigh In" at 10 Billion Suns; Most Massive Yet

Astronomers have discovered the most massive black holes to date — two monsters weighing as much as 10 billion suns and threatening to consume anything, even light, within a region five times the size of our solar system.

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

A team of researchers has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other.

Astronomers Discover Stars Locked in Fatal Dance

Astronomers Discover Stars Locked in Fatal Dance

Astronomers have discovered a pair of burnt-out stars spiraling into one another at breakneck speeds.