Troy Oakes

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Troy was born and raised in Australia and has always wanted to know why and how things work, which led him to his love for science. He is a professional photographer and enjoys taking pictures of Australia's beautiful landscapes. He is also a professional storm chaser where he currently lives in Hervey Bay, Australia.

Consumers Are Searching Online But Not Buying. Why?

Online marketers have seen the pattern: 95-98 percent of online visitors search for something, but the search never converts into a purchase and they leave the site without buying. For marketers, this results in speculation and assumptions that can lead to wasted time and investments in ineffective marketing programs. One of the more common ways […]

New Book Explains How Famous Egyptian Mummy Was Murdered

A new book published today explains how the famous mummy Takabuti was likely to have been murdered over 2,600 years ago. Editors Professor Rosalie David from the University of Manchester and Professor Eileen Murphy Queen’s University Belfast, say a military ax was probably used from behind as she was running away from her assailant. According […]

Lucky Finds From Rabbit Hole Re-Write Prehistory of Skokholm Island

Chance finds of prehistoric stone tools and fragments of pottery, picked up from a rabbit hole by the wardens of Skokholm Island, have surprised experts and hint at new chapters in the prehistory of this famous island. Nicknamed “Dream Island,” Skokholm Island lies two miles off the south Pembrokeshire coast and is owned and managed by […]

Exploring the Evolution of Earth’s Habitability Regulated by the Oxygen Cycle

A recent review provides a systematic overview of the latest advances in the oxygen cycle at different spatial and temporal scales and the important role that oxygen plays in shaping our current habitable Earth. As an essential material for the survival and reproduction of almost all aerobic organisms, oxygen is closely related to the formation […]

Qubits Composed of Holes Could Be the Trick to Build Faster, Larger Quantum Computers

A new study indicates that qubits composed of holes may be the solution to the operational speed/coherence trade-off, potentially scaling up qubits to a mini-quantum computer. Quantum computers are predicted to be much more powerful and functional than today’s “classical” computers. One way to make a quantum bit is to use the “spin” of an […]

From Stardust to Pale Blue Dot: Interstellar Journey of Carbon to Earth

We are made of stardust, the saying goes, and a pair of studies from University of Michigan research find that may be more true than we previously thought. The first study, led by U-M researcher Jie (Jackie) Li and published in Science Advances, finds that most of the carbon on Earth was likely delivered from the […]

Canadian-Built Laser Chills Antimatter to Near Absolute Zero for the First Time

Today, the CERN-based ALPHA (Anti-hydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus) collaboration announced the world’s first laser-based manipulation of antimatter, leveraging a made-in-Canada laser system to cool a sample of antimatter down to near absolute zero. The achievement, detailed in an article published and featured on the cover of the journal Nature, will significantly alter the landscape of antimatter research and advance the next generation of experiments.  […]

A New State of Light: Physicists Observe New Phase in Bose-Einstein Condensate of Light Particles

A single “super photon” made up of many thousands of individual light particles — about 10 years ago, researchers at the University of Bonn produced such an extreme aggregate state for the first time and presented a completely new light source. The state is called optical Bose-Einstein condensate and has captivated many physicists ever since, […]

Hubble Shows Torrential Outflows from Infant Stars May Not Stop Them from Growing

Though our galaxy is an immense city of at least 200 billion stars, the details of how infant stars formed remain largely cloaked in mystery. Scientists know that stars form from the collapse of huge hydrogen clouds that are squeezed under gravity to the point where nuclear fusion ignites. But only about 30 percent of […]

Melting Glaciers Contribute to Alaskan Earthquakes

In 1958, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered a rockslide into Southeast Alaska’s Lituya Bay, creating a tsunami that ran 1,700 feet up a mountainside before racing out to sea. Researchers now think the region’s widespread loss of glacier ice helped set the stage for the quake as well as other Alaskan earthquakes. In a recently published […]

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