Freaky patterns emerge from sand on a vibrating plate
Perpetual Motion Test Could Amend Theory of Time
In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. Impossible as it seemed, Wilczek had developed an apparent proof of “time crystals” — physical structures that move in a repeating pattern, like minute hands rounding clocks, without expending energy or ever winding down. Unlike clocks or any other known objects, time crystals derive their movement not from stored energy but from a break in the symmetry of time, enabling a special form of perpetual motion.
If real, filed under: mind blown.
This is going to be part of every dubstep DJ’s live show in 5 years. Forget foam parties, we want jiggle showers.
Pico Meter is a beautiful short documentary about the STEHM, the most advanced microscope ever built.
Short for Scanning Tunneling Electron Holography Microscope, the STEHM has a maximum resolution of 31 picometers (roughly 1,000x smaller than the commonly-referenced nano-scale). It can visualize individual atoms, the bonds between them, and the structure within. And via holography it can image magnetic fields and measure stress in materials.