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Scientists Are Hunting for the 'Dark Photon'—a Portal to the Dark Universe

It appears that the Universe is full of dark matter—around six times more of it than there is regular matter. It has obvious visible effects, like …

Physics

Remembering the Father of the God Particle, Satyendra Nath Bose: Life, contributions, and his work with Einstein

World famous Indian scientist, Satyendra Nath Bose is known for working with Albert Einstein on the Bose-Einstein Condensate and his work on the …

India

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

Do you know how to keep your smartphone's battery healthy?<p>Probably not. In fact, you may have been hastening the death of your phone's battery with your charging habits.<p>Charging to 100%, or overnight? Fully discharging before plugging in? These common practices can shorten the usable life of your …

Tech Trends

Conversation between a biologist and a philosopher: self, transformation and religion (1)

<i>Two professors from the University of Lorraine discuss questions of the self, non-self and religion. A biologist begins and a philosopher …

Joni Mitchell

Why Should You Study Physics?

<b>Question:</b> Why Study Physics?<p>Why should you study physics? What is the use of a physics education? If you aren't going to become a scientist, do you …

I spent 12 hours at a hospital in the heart of Brooklyn — and saw what the future of medicine could look like

"This hospital wasn't always like this," says Douglas Jablon, the senior vice president of patient relations at Maimonides Medical Center.<p>Today, when he walks around this Brooklyn hospital, he hears as many as 70 languages. When he arrived 41 years ago, diversity meant having Orthodox Jews and …

Cancer

Is the developed world we’ve created giving us cancer?

One in eight American women will suffer breast cancer during their lifetimes<p>I had assumed that the small lump in my breast was a blocked milk duct from nursing my seven-month-old son. The news that I had stage 2 breast cancer stunned.<p>“But it’s not in my family,” I told the radiologist. “And I have …

The first time Einstein's theory was confirmed

Scientists announced Wednesday that they had observed starlight as it was warped by the gravity of another, more distant star - one of the key …

Physics

Orion: Belt, Flame, and Horsehead

What surrounds the famous belt stars of Orion?

Big History

What Orion looks like as you get farther away from light pollution

What the constellation looks like in the darkest of places vs in cities.<p>Eighty percent of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way where they live.<p>Filmmaker Sriram Murali is here to show themwhat they’re missing.<p>In the following video — which you should do yourself a favor and watch in full screen …

The uncanny physics of empty space

<b>Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing.</b> By James Owen Weatherall. <i>Yale University Press; 196 pages; $26.</i><p>Upgrade your inbox<p>Receive our Daily Dispatch and …

Physics

Why Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James Gates Sees No Conflict Between Science and Religion

An active proponent of education, diversity and communication, Sylvester James Gates is known for both his research in theoretical physics and his …

Mathematics

Astrophysicist has consoling message for humanity: You’re more important than you might think

New discoveries point to uniqueness of human life<p>Oscar Wilde once said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”<p>The …

Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe by Roger Penrose – review

From string theory to the Big Bang – an explosive study from an eminent refusenik<p>Something is rotten in the state of physics. In spite of all the smug talk about the amazingly accurate predictions made by modern models of the most fundamental forces, things go terribly awry if these theories are …

The Psychology Of Professional Purpose: How To Follow Your Calling

“There’s nothing I’d like more than a job that was so meaningful to me that I brought it home,” one 9-5 employee told historian Studs Terkel in <i>Working</i>.<p>She mirrors most of us: though the majority of us say we haven’t found our calling, we want one. Instead, we click at our keyboards like a ticking …

Psychology

Lesson From Einstein: Genius Needs Perseverance

For those who blundered their way through trigonometry and calculus in high school and college, sheer mathematical genius is almost unfathomable. But Albert Einstein’s brand of genius — that rare mix of brilliance, creativity and perseverance — was arguably as important as any given intelligence …

Physics

Cancer Immunotherapy At A Crossroads

It was in 1909 that Nobel Prize-winning German physician Paul Ehrlich proposed the idea that our bodies are fighting constant battles with cancer and that, thankfully, most of the time we win.<p>Ehrlich was a visionary in recognizing the interaction between cancer and the immune system. Specifically, …

Cancer

A riddle for our time

One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest …

Astrophysics

The Hubble telescope just discovered a relic that changes the way we understand our galaxy

The cluster is called Terzan 5 and Italian researchers have found evidence that it could be the same as the building blocks that made up our galaxy, because of the striking similarity of its stars to the most ancient ones in the Milky Way.<p>Terzan 5 lies 19,000 light-years away from Earth, and there …

Astrophysics

Physicists Have Caught Signs of a New Particle: The Madala Boson

And it could help solve one of the biggest mysteries of modern physics.<p>Physicists have discovered signals of a new particle in the swathes of data …

Quantum mechanics technique allows for pushing past 'Rayleigh's curse'

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the National University of Singapore has found a way to get around what they describe as 'Rayleigh's curse'—a …

Quantum Mechanics

This New Equation Promises to Unify Physics Theories with the Help of Wormholes

As far as famous equations go, none are more known than <b>Einstein’s</b> <b>E=mc2</b><b>.</b> This insight by Einstein that relates mass and energy has been linked to the …

Quantum Mechanics

You could fit the entire human race into a sugar cube — and 13 other facts to put the universe into perspective

It's full of exploding stars and immortal jellyfish and it's been kicking around for almost 14 billion years.<p>Here are 14 awesome facts to put it all into perspective.

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This New Equation Might Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics, Claims Physicist

Linking general relativity and quantum mechanics with wormholes.<p>One of the most stubborn problems in physics today is the fact that our two best …

Professor solved time-reversal violation

Associate Professor Dr Joan Vaccaro, of Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, has solved an anomaly of conventional physics and shown that a …

Does Some Deeper Level of Physics Underlie Quantum Mechanics? An Interview with Nobelist Gerard ’t Hooft

VIENNA–Over the past several days, I attended a fascinating conference that explored an old idea of Einstein’s, one that was largely dismissed for …

Quantum Mechanics

Largest ever map of the universe points to mysterious ‘dark energy’

The largest ever 3D map of the universe strengthens astronomers’ belief that three quarters of the cosmos is made of an unknown substance: ‘dark energy’<p>It is hard to know whether it’s a success or a failure but modern astronomy tells us that almost three quarters of the universe is in the form of …

Deepest ever look into Orion Nebula reveals haunting secrets

The Orion Nebula holds some surprises for scientists as they peer into its heart and dream of hidden planets.<p>When we think about Orion and space, we usually imagine the three stars that make up the mythical hunter's belt. To the south of that belt is the bright Orion Nebula, visible to observers on …