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Physicists Just Caught Sight of Electrons Entangled in a Completely New State

Quantum gets weirder, again.<p>Physicists have finally observed a quantum interaction between a group of four entangled electrons. Until now, this …

Quantum Physics

Groundbreaking Observation Confirms an Important Prediction of Quantum Physics

Particle accelerators have a lot of important jobs, like looking for new stuff by slamming beams of old stuff together. But a new particle …

Researchers discover one of the brightest galaxies ever seen

Scientists at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, a research institute in the Canary Islands, just discovered one of the brightest galaxies we've ever come across. It's around a thousand times brighter than our galaxy, has a very high rate of star formation and is 10 thousand million light …

Universe

Comments of the Week #169: from a theory of everything to discovering today’s Universe

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” -Isaac AsimovJust like every …

Scientists Just Presented New Evidence That Supports Planet Nine's Existence

A New Perspective<p>In 2016, one decade after Pluto was downgraded to the status of dwarf planet, Caltech researchers proposed the existence of a new …

Gender, racial bias in astronomy revealed

Research has found that women generally experience subtle, indirect or unintentional discrimination in the sciences. A new survey shows women of …

Basic Assumptions of Physics Might Require the Future to Influence the Past

One of the most well-accepted physical theories makes no logical sense. Quantum mechanics, the theory that governs the smallest possible spaces, …

The Large Hadron Collider Detected a Beautiful New Particle

It's a big one too.<p>The Large Hadron Collider has once again done what it does best – smash bits of matter together and find new particles in the …

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

The Universe Itself May Be Unnatural

When it comes to the physical Universe, we fully expect things obeying the same fundamental laws to unfold in similar fashions, and to be comparable to one another today. By the same token, if they obey vastly different rules, we expect them to be different from one another today. If aspects of the …

Physics

Comments of the Week #167: From failed stars succeeding to migrating the Earth

“Sometimes the silences, the gaps, tell us more than anything else.” -Peter AckroydDid you know that there’s even more going on than before here at …

The Origin Of The Universe: Could The Famed “Big Bang” Theory Need A Revision?

A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole and …

Laser as bright as a billion Suns alters fundamental physics of light and matter

Physicists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have created the brightest light ever produced on Earth, and it could be the first step towards …

We Could Have Fusion Energy by 2030, Says Guy Who Knows

The big trick is shrinking the size of the reactors.<p>The reality of clean, stable energy produced in a ball of plasma seems to perpetually be around …

Physics

Cocktail Party Physics

This week's physics highlights: LIGO's successor is approved, the physics of a wobbling suitcase as you're running to catch your flight, and …

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google's most powerful quantum chip was the 9-qubit effort from 2015.<p>Traditional …

Hot, hot planet sets sizzling new record

<b>(for more about Power Words, click</b> <b>here</b><b>)</b><p><b>atmosphere</b> The envelope of gases surrounding Earth or another planet.<p><b>atom</b> The basic unit of a chemical …

Researchers Check Space-Time to See if It’s Made of Quantum Bits

The newly developed theory of emergent gravity, proposed as an alternative to dark matter, struggles in one of its first trials.<p>Does space-time …

Uranus Might Finally Get a Visitor After All These Years

Uranus is the loneliest thing in the solar system. It hasn’t had contact with anyone in over 30 years, since NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft whizzed by …

New Calculation Could Spell Trouble For a Popular Theory of the Universe's Origin

The universe began. But what did it begin from? What did it begin into? We know it began by expanding rather quickly, and ended up with lots of big …

Physics

The Quantum Computer Factory That’s Taking on Google and IBM

A few yards from the stockpile of La Croix in the warehouse space behind startup Rigetti Computing’s offices in Fremont, California, sits a machine …

Quantum Computing

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'

<b>Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020.</b><p>They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025.<p>Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new alliances and give humanity a sense …

Solar eclipse 2017: best images, video and funny reaction as US witnesses incredible spectacle

• <b>Total solar eclipse sweeps across the US</b>• <b><br>Donald Trump mocked for looking directly at the Sun</b>• <b><br>Moon trolls sun on Twitter</b>• <b><br>Britons left underwhelmed by partial solar eclipse</b><p>Millions of Americans armed with protective glasses have marvelled at the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in …

Solar Eclipse

This New Explanation For Dark Matter Could Be The Best One Yet

Has it been shifting forms this whole time?<p>It makes up about 85 percent of the total mass of the Universe, and yet, physicists still have no idea …

NASA just found 219 possible planets and 10 of them look a lot like Earth

The team behind NASA’s Kepler space telescope has just unveiled 219 potential planets, which kind of makes NASA’s space exploration sound like the most dramatic season of <i>The Bachelor</i> ever. The planet candidates were announced at a press conference on Monday, where scientists said at least 10 of the …

No True Alternatives: The Big Bang Is Real

According to Einstein’s theory of relativity, the curvature of spacetime was infinite at the big bang. In fact, at this point all mathematical tools …

This Dark Matter Theory Could Solve a Celestial Conundrum

For years, dark matter has been behaving badly. The term was first invoked nearly 80 years ago by the astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who realized that some …

Dark Matter

In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>For the first time, physicists have achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature, making this strange form …

Neural Networks are Now Being Used to Represent Quantum Systems

Modern technology has learned to embrace the likes of artificial intelligence, including machine learning, and as a result, some fantastic tools and …