HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Chaos=Order: Physicists make baffling discovery

"Da police are not here to create disorder; dere here to preserve disorder." -Richard J. Daley, Chicago mayor, explaining to the media the role of the police during the riotous 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Police keep order. That's why, for example, they issue tickets for "disturbing the peace." Thus the only logical conclusion to Mayor Daley's famous quote above other than dismissing it as the result of a tangled tongue is sometimes disorder spawns order.

Sounds impossible, right?

Wrong.

According to a computational study conducted by a group of physicists at Washington University in St. Louis, one may create order by introducing disorder.

While working on their model a network of interconnected pendulums, or "oscillators" the researchers noticed that when driven by ordered forces the various pendulums behaved chaotically and swung out of sync like a group of intoxicated synchronized swimmers. This was unexpected shouldn't synchronized forces yield synchronized pendulums?

But then came the real surprise: When they introduced disorder forces were applied at random to each oscillator the system became ordered and synchronized.

"The thing that is counterintuitive is that when you introduce disorder into the system when the [forces on the pendulums] act at random the chaos that was present before disappears and there is order," said Sebastian F. Brandt, physics graduate student and lead author of the study which appeared in the January 2006 edition of Physical Review Letters.

Insights into other realms

The physicists' research is not only hard to grasp for non-physicists, but puzzling for physicists, too. As supervisor Ralf Wessel, Ph.D., Washington University associate professor of physics in Arts & Sciences said, "Every physicist who hears this is surprised."

Research on the role of disorder in complex systems is quite new and not well understood. Wessel h
'"/>

Contact: Tony Fitzpatrick
tony_fitzpatrick@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
4-Apr-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Physicists set speed limit for future superconducting magnet
2. Jefferson pharmacologist says biomarker discovery bodes well for better cancer diagnostics
3. Speeding fingertip discovery -- 20 years of protein info in 1 place
4. Major discovery raises prospect of better patient care by improving platelet life span
5. African scientists will train at Emory University in latest drug discovery techniques
6. Gene chip discovery may lead to individualized treatment for 5 hereditary liver diseases
7. More insight into Alzheimers disease with Stanford discovery of possible cause
8. Hope for significant new diabetes treatment in Stanford discovery
9. BC catalyst discovery promises faster, cheaper drug production
10. New sleep gene discovery wakes up scientists
11. Mouse model aids discovery of novel melanoma metastasis gene

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Chaos Physicists make baffling discovery

(Date:3/30/2015)... March 30, 2015 Mid-America ATTC ... library of medications used in behavioral health and ... iPad and Android—is a convenient, electronic version of ... 1999. The useful resource provides up-to-date information on ... and frequency, side effects, emergency conditions, cautions, considerations ...
(Date:3/30/2015)... Linda, CA (PRWEB) March 30, 2015 ... challenging due to the use of cellular models that ... not the entirety of the disease. , A ... human cells to precise specifications has created ... to develop environmentally and genetically driven in vitro models ...
(Date:3/29/2015)... Calif. (PRWEB) March 30, 2015 Over ... menopause-related symptoms tied to undiagnosed autoimmune, thyroid, or hormone ... thyroid disorders, has personally treated hundreds of patients dealing ... are unaware of the treatment options for their ailments. ... offers solutions to women living with fatigue, brain fog, ...
(Date:3/29/2015)... Telerad RxDx Multispecialty Healthcare Center, ... Accreditation on 11th January 2015. The accreditation from ... Providers) comes as a true recognition of the ... RxDx., With Telerad RxDx being the first healthcare ... marks a major achievement and a significant step ...
(Date:3/29/2015)... March 29, 2015 At this ... platform provides basic health information around medical conditions ... discuss these challenges as well as helping them ... addresses six medical conditions using evidenced based information ... engage in conversations around them., ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Popular Publication on Behavioral Health Medications Now An App 2Health News:Cellular Dynamics’ Webinar Spotlights Diabetic Cardiomyopathy-in-a-dish Model that May Elucidate Mechanisms for Repair and Regeneration of Heart Muscle Cells 2Health News:Cellular Dynamics’ Webinar Spotlights Diabetic Cardiomyopathy-in-a-dish Model that May Elucidate Mechanisms for Repair and Regeneration of Heart Muscle Cells 3Health News:Cellular Dynamics’ Webinar Spotlights Diabetic Cardiomyopathy-in-a-dish Model that May Elucidate Mechanisms for Repair and Regeneration of Heart Muscle Cells 4Health News:How to Turn Mid-life into the Good Life 2Health News:NABH Accreditation for Telerad RxDx – Whitefield. 2Health News:Krame Health Solutions Announces Release of AfroHealthLink, an Interactive Health Resource Center Tailored to Individuals of African & Caribbean Descent Around the World 2Health News:Krame Health Solutions Announces Release of AfroHealthLink, an Interactive Health Resource Center Tailored to Individuals of African & Caribbean Descent Around the World 3
(Date:3/30/2015)... , March 30, 2015  BioDelivery Sciences International, ... primary efficacy endpoint in the Phase 3 clinical ... for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy did ... showed statistically significant improvement over placebo.  In addition, ... observed.  The results of this trial provide data ...
(Date:3/29/2015)... 2015  Three-month paliperidone palmitate, an investigational atypical ... placebo in patients with schizophrenia, according to a ... in the Journal of the American ... Results of the study served as the basis ... for three-month paliperidone palmitate injection to treat schizophrenia ...
(Date:3/27/2015)... - Covalon Technologies Ltd. (the "Company" or "Covalon") (TSXV: ... issuance of an aggregate of 30,000 stock options to ... of 120,500 stock options to employees and consultants of ... years and will be exercisable for a period of ... stock option. About Covalon Covalon Technologies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:BioDelivery Sciences Announces Primary Endpoint in Phase 3 Study of Clonidine Topical Gel for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Not Met, Though Encouraging Results Support Continued Development 2BioDelivery Sciences Announces Primary Endpoint in Phase 3 Study of Clonidine Topical Gel for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Not Met, Though Encouraging Results Support Continued Development 3BioDelivery Sciences Announces Primary Endpoint in Phase 3 Study of Clonidine Topical Gel for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Not Met, Though Encouraging Results Support Continued Development 4BioDelivery Sciences Announces Primary Endpoint in Phase 3 Study of Clonidine Topical Gel for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Not Met, Though Encouraging Results Support Continued Development 5New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 2New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 3New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 4New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 5New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 6New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 7New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 8New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 9New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 10New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 11New Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Found Three-Month Paliperidone Palmitate Significantly Delayed Time to Relapse in Patients with Schizophrenia 12Covalon Announces Issuance of Stock Options 2
Cached News: