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Quantum Mechanics

Bohr's atomic model 100 years old

Picture an atom, and you may imagine spherical electrons orbiting a nucleus packed with particles like neutrons. Only certain orbits - quantum levels - are possible. It's a simplistic model, yet provides insights into atoms and chemical properties, and this year marks 100 years since the model was first proposed by Danish physicist Niels Bohr.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 2:44am

Scientists find cheaper way to ensure security on the internet

Scientists at Toshiba and Cambridge University have perfected a technique that offers a less expensive way to ensure the security of the high-speed fibre optic cables that are the backbone of the modern internet.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:32am

Cat's out of the box as we peer into quantum world

Many people have heard of Schrodinger's cat. The winners of this year's Nobel Prize in physics have shown deep insights into this famous paradox of quantum mechanics.

14 Oct 2012 - 3:26am

French and US scientists share Nobel physics prize for quantum optics work

A US and a French scientist have won the Nobel Prize in physics for work in quantum optics that paved the way for precision clocks and may lead to a new generation of super-fast computers.

10 Oct 2012 - 4:37am

A far-fetched idea that might compute

In the popular science fiction film The Matrix, reality as perceived by humans in the future is actually not real but a virtual, simulated world created by machines to subdue and control the human race. The film plays with the strange idea that we humans may have become an integral part of a purely fictional computed reality and that we exist inside a computer simulation.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

How the Hippies Saved Physics

How the Hippies Saved Physics David Kaiser Blackstone Audio (audiobook)

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

In Search of the Multiverse

In Search of the Multiverse by John Gribbin Wiley HK$200

How many versions of you are there - one or millions? Some physicists believe that an infinite number of universes exist parallel to the one we live in.

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

New theory on how it all started

While we were rolling out the red carpet, Stephen Hawking apparently didn't see fit to share with us his latest and even more intriguing theory about how it all started. Apparently, Hawking and his colleague, Thomas Hertog, of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, have a startling new proposal about how the universe was created.

24 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Professor thinks small in the realm of teaching physics

Grown-ups might find the weird world of quantum physics hard to understand but Dr Yvette Hancock believes tiny tots will have no trouble with the concepts.

25 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

A quantum leap in the transfer of money

Is a 100 per cent foolproof security system possible? The answer seems to be yes, after a group of clever quantum cryptographers working with the Bank of Austria transferred 3,000 euros (HK$28,000) last week using what may be the most unbreakable channel in the history of humankind.

1 May 2004 - 12:00am

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