New Technique More Accurately Reflects Ponds on Arctic Sea Ice

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 04:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageThis one simple mathematical trick can accurately predict the shape and melting effects of ponds on Arctic sea ice, according to new research by UChicago scientists. The study, published April 4 in Physical Review Letters by researchers with UChicago and MIT, should help climate scientists improve models of climate change and perhaps plug a gap between scientific predictions and observations over the past decade, they said.

Mirror, Mirror

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 04:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageThe mirror-like physics of the superconductor-insulator transition operates exactly as expected. Scientists know this to be true following the observation of a remarkable phenomenon, the existence of which was predicted three decades ago but that had eluded experimental detection until now. The observation confirms that two fundamental quantum states, superconductivity and superinsulation, both arise in mirror-like images of each other.

Neutrino Experiment at Fermilab Delivers an Unprecedented Measurement

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 02:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageA group of scientists working on the MiniBooNE experiment at the Department of Energy's Fermilab has reported a breakthrough: They were able to identify exactly-known-energy muon neutrinos hitting the atoms at the heart of their particle detector. The result eliminates a major source of uncertainty when testing theoretical models of neutrino interactions and neutrino oscillations.

Smartphone 'Scores' Can Help Doctors Track Severity of Parkinson's Disease Symptoms

Posted: 06 Apr 2018 12:05 PM PDT

Newswise imageA new smartphone app allows Parkinson's disease patients and their doctors to better track the progression of symptoms, such as tremors and walking difficulties, that can vary dramatically over days, or even hours.