Light-controlled Higgs modes found in superconductors; potential sensor, computing uses

Researchers have discovered a short-lived form of the famous Higgs boson — subject of a groundbreaking search at the Large Hadron Collider — within an iron-based superconductor. This Higgs mode can be accessed and controlled by laser light flashing on the superconductor at trillions of pulses per second.

Fastener with microscopic mushroom design holds promise

A fastener with a microscopic design that looks like tiny mushrooms could mean advances for everyday consumers and scientific fields. Currently available fasteners are called hook and loop fasteners and require harder, stiff material. In Biointerphases, researchers describe a design that can use softer materials and still be strong. The team believes a 3D mushroom design can be made with softer, more flexible materials and provide sufficient interlocking force on the fabric and hold strong.