#Physics

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Graphene 'stimulation' could selectively kill off cancer cells

A chance lab discovery is opening up the possibility for wide-scale improvements in drug screening, application of selective painkillers, and selectively nuking...

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Quantum drum can vibrate and stand still at the same time - UPI.com

Scientists have built a tiny quantum drum that both vibrates and remains still when struck by a drumstick made of light.

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NuScale's Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Passes Biggest Hurdle Yet

NuScale’s small modular nuclear reactor completed the Phase 1 review of their design certification application by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That’s a huge deal because Phase 1 is the most intensive phase of the review, taking more hours and ef

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Taming the multiverse: Stephen Hawking’s final theory about the big bang | University of Cambridge

The theory, which was submitted for publication before Hawking’s death earlier this year, is based on string theory and predicts the universe is finite and far simpler than many current theories about the big bang say. Professor Hertog, whose work has b

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Dyson Spheres, The Ultimate Alien Megastructures, Are Missing From The Galaxy

Humanity has mapped the Milky Way better than ever with ESA's Gaia. But 1.7 billion stars later, there are still no Dyson spheres.

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NASA Captures Exploding Star

NASA scientists captured images of a supernova, or an exploding star, for the first time and we are totally transfixed by the video. While NASA has been able

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Experiment shows Einstein's quantum 'spooky action' approaches the human scale

We usually think of quantum entanglement in the realm of atomic systems, but now it's been scaled up to relatively massive objects. This opens the door to new kinds of technology.

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Black Hole Echoes Would Reveal Break With Einstein’s Theory | Quanta Magazine

Gravitational waves have opened up new ways to test the properties of black holes — and Einstein’s theory of gravity along with them.

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Scientists release most detailed star chart of the Milky Way - ABC News

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MIT researchers turn water into 'calm' computer interfaces

Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to apps, seems designed to keep us...

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Meet the quantum blockchain that works like a time machine | TechCrunch

A new — and theoretical — system for blockchain-based data storage could ensure that hackers will not be able to crack cryptocurrencies once the quantum era starts. The idea, proposed by researchers at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zeal

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The Most Important Equation In The Universe

Just one equation relates the expansion of space to all the matter and energy we have. If you know this, you can know the fate of the Universe.

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NASA’s Juno snapped another photo of Jupiter that looks like a watercolor painting – BGR

Out of all the different pieces of NASA hardware floating around our Solar System, the Juno spacecraft probably has the best gig in terms of pure eye candy.

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Hubble Telescope Discovers a Light-Bending 'Einstein Ring' in Space

The perfect circle surrounding a galaxy cluster in a new Hubble Space Telescope image is a visual indicator of the huge masses that are bending time and space in that region.

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Fermilab breakthrough: Scientists record unprecedented neutrino measurement - UPI.com

For the first time, scientists have precisely measured the interactions between neutrinos hitting the atomic nuclei in the Fermilab's particle detector.

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The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II - The Atlantic

Before two deadly nuclear mishaps, scientists used to risk “tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon.” An Object Lesson.

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The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

Despite the incredibly accurate predictions of quantum theory, there's a lot of disagreement over what it says about reality — or even whether it says anything at all about it, says guest Adam Becker.

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Black Hole Belches Bright Radio Flashes as It Devours Nearby Star

Black holes are voracious eaters, but they don't have the nicest table manners.

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Iconic Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76 | HuffPost

"We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe," Hawking once remarked, "and for that, I am extremely grateful."

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Recoil detectives: searching for black hole kicks using gravitational waves | astrobites

Gravitational waves are believed to be able to “kick” black hole merger remnants out of their host galaxy. We can search for signatures of that kick directly in gravitational wave signa…

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Researchers Discover Graphene Is a Superconductor

The discovery rekindles hope that scientists can make a room-temperature superconductor.

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Google’s new Bristlecone processor brings it one step closer to quantum supremacy | TechCrunch

Every major tech company is looking at quantum computers as the next big breakthrough in computing. Teams at Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM and various..

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Not even IBM is sure where its quantum computer experiments will lead

Despite the hype and hoopla surrounding the burgeoning field of quantum computing, the technology is still in its infancy. Just a few years ago, researchers wer...

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Amateur Astronomer Wins 'Cosmic Lottery' with 1-in-10-Million Supernova Shot

An amateur astronomer testing out a new camera just happened to catch the first light emitted by a supernova — a dramatic event that professional astronomers had long wanted to see.

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Are Quark Stars Possible?

Scientists don't yet know if ultradense quark stars can exist out in the universe.

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Physicists Created a New Form of Light

Researchers at MIT and Harvard made groups of three photons interact.

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Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

The discovery of gravitational waves toppled what we thought we knew about dimensions.

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Learning to speak quantum

Particle physicists are studying ways to harness the power of the quantum realm to further their research.

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MIT uses Lego to prototype low-cost micro pumps

Lego bricks (or, if you're not a pedant, Legos) are highly precise and highly consistent plastic objects. Anywhere you go in the world the Lego is the same...

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What Are The Most Amazing Possibilities Within The Theoretical Limits Of Physics?

Scientifically speaking, what are the most amazing possibilities within the theoretical limits of physics, even if we haven't yet developed the technology to achieve them yet? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jay Wacker.

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The Three Meanings Of E=mc^2, Einstein's Most Famous Equation

From matter, antimatter and energy to the fundamental truths about existence, Einstein's most famous equation is the link you can't forget.

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Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

An increasing number of theoretical physicist think that our universe is only one among infinitely many — but this speculation is not based on sound logic, says guest commentator Sabine Hossenfelder.

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These high-speed ‘nano-cranes’ could form molecular assembly lines

Things aren't going well down at the ol' nano-factory. They're having trouble getting all those tiny workers to synchronize and move quickly together. But..

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NASA captures rare image of a distant galaxy nearly as old as the Universe itself

When astronomers at NASA capture images of far-off galaxies, they typically appear only as tiny red dots. These distant celestial bodies are so far away that even the strongest telescopes are usually incapable of distinguishing between the many stars cont

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Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence

There actually is quite a bit of evidence out there for a multiverse — an infinite number of other universes besides our own.

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Magnets with a single pole are still giving physicists the slip | Science News

Using data from particle accelerators and dead stars, scientists eliminate some possible masses for magnetic monopoles.

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This is what a 50-qubit quantum computer looks like

From afar, it looks like a steampunk chandelier. An intricate collection of tubes and wires that culminate in a small steel cylinder at the bottom. It is, in fa...

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New Dark Matter Physics Could Solve The Expanding Universe Controversy

Multiple teams of scientists can't agree on how fast the Universe expands. Dark matter may unlock why.

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Why Drinking Straws Don't Work In Space

Why would it be impossible to suck a liquid into your mouth using a straw on the moon? This question was originally answered on Quora by C Stuart Hardwick.

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Lego is helping physics students stay in school, 'cos it's the best

Teachers at Flinders University in Australia are using Lego cars to help physics students understand concepts like measurement error and variability.

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Free-fall experiment could test if gravity is a quantum force

The effort to reconcile general relativity with quantum mechanics always hits one snag: gravity. An experiment could finally tell us if it is a quantum force

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Physics Breakthrough in 50-Year Search for 'Holy Grail' Particle Tetraquark

A combination of three quarks creates a hadron, which, when stable, we know as a proton or neutron. Now, researchers are about to publish what they say is proof that the tetraquark exists, that it’s stable, and that they can generate it in the Large Ha

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10 Spacetime Mysteries That Quantum Gravity Could Solve

We travel through spacetime every day, but still don't really know how it works.

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New Wormhole Could Resolve the Black Hole Information Paradox

A new theory is percolating among physicists that presupposes the existence of a traversable wormhole.

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In A First, Scientists Spot Light Amid Gravitational Waves Emitted By Colliding Stars

Scientists for the first time have detected both gravitational waves and light from the collision of two dead, incredibly dense neutron stars.

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Experiment Confirms a Crucial Property of Electrons, Unfortunately

When it comes to physics, fewer things are more exciting than proving something wrong. Proving theories wrong has led to entirely new fields of study. The fruits that come from wrongness can be so rewarding that scientists devote a considerable amount of time to probing well-known theories, hoping to find a crack.

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Intel moves towards production quantum computing with new 17-qubit chip

Intel's quantum computing efforts have yielded a new 17-qubit chip, which the company has just delivered to its partner in that field, QuTech in the Netherlands. 17 isn't some magic number in the quantum world, nor does this chip do any special tricks ot

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Mystery of the Universe’s Missing Matter Finally Solved by Scientists

The universe is missing half its matter. Scientists believe most of the universe—about 70 percent—is made up of dark energy, the mystery force thought to be driving its expansion. About a quarter is dark matter, and the remaining five percent is norma

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The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought - The Atlantic

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Nikola Tesla - History Lists

Check out some fascinating facts about the Serbian-American physicist and engineer.

Health & Fitness | Health News

Your Brain Has A 'Physics Engine' And Scientists Have Located It

The brain knows instinctively how to predict when accidents are about to happen.

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Physicists Prove Classical Music Inhabits Separate Realm, Inaccessible To Humans

Physicists released a report Wednesday revealing that classical music exists in a field of reality entirely removed from 4D spacetime.

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Why Spider-Man Wouldn’t Actually Be Able to Climb Walls | Mental Floss

A new study calculates that almost half his body would have to be covered in adhesive pads to allow him to scale a building.

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Nobel Prize in Physics Won by Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for Work on Neutrinos

Two scientists from Japan and Canada have won the Nobel Prize in physics for discoveries relating to neutrinos, which increased understanding of matter and the universe.

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The Physics Of Star Trek: Why Faster Than Light Communication Is Not In Anybody's Future - Forbes

Nearly 50 years after Star Trek’s first television incarnation, subspace communications, which enabled secure faster than light galactic communications will likely remain science fiction.

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What if the universe had no beginning? | Science Wire | EarthSky

Reports of the death of the Big Bang have been greatly exaggerated. Big Bang theory is alive and well. At the same time, our universe may not have a beginning

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5 Ways Einstein Was a Regular Guy

A new, free digital archive of his personal papers reveals what we all share with the 20th century's greatest mind.

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New Clock May End Time As We Know It : NPR

Scientists working to create the perfect atomic clock have a fundamental problem: Right now, on the ceiling, time is passing just a bit faster than it is on the floor.

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Scientists come a step closer to making Star Trek's tractor beam a reality | Public Radio International

Science fiction has long envisioned "tractor" beams that could grab and move physical objects using a laser or other stream of energy. Now scientists have created one, at least on a small scale. And we have some advice if you use heat in the win

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8 Times Physics Broke - brainjet.com

It seems things don't always work the way you'd expect, these creations appear to defy the laws of physics!