Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > News > Reverse-Engineering a Quantum Compass

May 3rd, 2010

Reverse-Engineering a Quantum Compass

If the weird rules of atomic physics do help birds find their way around the globe as some scientists suspect a new study has identified ways of finding out how.

The study is among the first to propose a direct test of how quantum entanglement, an effect that inexorably links two electrons in a way that Einstein called "spooky," could change the behavior of whole animals.

"This paper has really made a contribution by suggesting an experimental test," comments Thorsten Ritz, a physicist at the University of California, Irvine, who was not involved in the new work.

The new paper, which will appear in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters, builds on a growing body of evidence that the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, which govern particles like atoms and electrons, can be exploited by living organisms to solve problems like photosynthesis and navigation.


Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

Quantum nanoscience

Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices: In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies October 20th, 2016

Exploring defects in nanoscale devices for possible quantum computing applications October 19th, 2016

Metamaterial uses light to control its motion October 10th, 2016

Chains of nanogold forged with atomic precision September 23rd, 2016

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project