Best of Last Week – trapping light forever, turning paleontology on its head and a promising anti-aging drug

(—It was an interesting week for physics as a pair of researchers in Portugal announced an idea for a device that could theoretically trap a light ‘bit’ for an infinite amount of time—by shining it on a spherical “metal-atom” rather than by using mirrors. A team at NIST proved that ‘spooky action at a distance’ actually exists—by constructing an experiment that closed the three major loopholes necessary for such a proof. Also, researchers at the University of Rochester found a new derivation of pi that links quantum physics and pure math while calculating energy levels for a hydrogen atom, and were completely surprised at what they found. —> Read More