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The Storied History of the Spooky Physics Behind China's Teleportation Success

God does not play dice with the universe. He plays an ineffable game of his own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the …

The Most Important Equation In The Universe

Last week, Perimeter Institute ran a feature where they asked 14 scientists what their favorite equation was, and why. There were many great answers from many different areas of research, from thermodynamics to pure mathematics. Many people went with fundamental equations, like the law of gravity, …

Physics

Artist Transforms Discarded Aluminum Cans Into Incredible Hand-Sculpted Art

Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda turns trash into treasure by transforming old aluminum cans into sculptures. Made entirely by hand, the artist uses his thumb to create dents and creases in the disposable object’s surface, resulting in incredible three-dimensional sculptures adorned in flawless, …

NASA's planet-hunting satellite TESS launches

<b>(CNN) —</b> TESS, NASA's planet-hunting satellite, launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 6:51 p.m. ET Wednesday. It had a 30-second launch window. The launch was originally scheduled for Monday, but rescheduled to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control …

Astronomy

This amateur mathematician just made an enormous “lucky” breakthrough in solving the 60-year-old Hadwiger-Nelson problem

The breakthrough is the first time the problem’s answer has been narrowed down since last century<p>Some of the greatest mathematical minds have been …

Wormholes Could Cast Weird Shadows That Could Be Seen by Telescopes

Wormholes, or hypothetical tunnels through space-time that allow faster-than-light travel, could potentially leave dark, telltale imprints in the sky …

Researchers study extended X-ray emission in the PKS 1718−649 radio source

An international team of researchers has performed of extended X-ray emission in the radio source known as PKS 1718−649. The study, published April …

6 Books for Astronaut Fans

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the idea of becoming an astronaut. Because what kid doesn’t dream of going into space? To a young child (and …

How to Catch a Glimpse of This Weekend’s Lyrid Meteor Shower

This weekend, in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Lyrid meteor shower will soar across darkened skies. As Jesse Emspak reports for Space.com, …

The current ability to test theories of gravity with black hole shadows

Can we tell black holes apart? Astrophysicists at Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, and Nijmegen, collaborating in the …

The New Era of Multimessenger Astronomy

Astronomers' newfound ability to see the same cosmic events in light, particles and gravitational waves—a synthesis called multimessenger …

NASA shares spellbinding picture of the Aurora Borealis seen from the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this stunning picture of the Northern Lights from aboard the International Space Station (ISS).<p>We may call them …

Diamonds Buried Within Rare Meteorites Reveal Existence of "Lost Planet"

In 2008, astronomer Richard Kowalski looked into a telescope in Tucson, Arizona, and spotted an asteroid called 2008 TC3 barreling through the …

Meteorites

Scientists May Use Lasers to Gauge if "Super-Earths" are Fit for Life

So-called “super-Earths” are the exoplanet du jour, probably because they remind us so much of home. These worlds — which have a mass higher than …

Universe

Physicists Just Broke a Quantum Record, Taking Entanglement to a Spooky New Level

Quantum computers, here we come.<p>If we want quantum computers, we're going to need a complex system of quantum entangled particles - particles that …

The illusion of time

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.<p>Andrew Jaffe<p>Andrew Jaffe is a cosmologist …

The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System

An unusual discovery in the 1990s paved the way for space telescopes to spot thousands of exoplanets.<p><i>Updated on April 16 at 4:19 p.m. ET</i><p>For millennia, the only planets we knew of were the ones in our own solar system. That changed in October 1995, when a pair of Swiss astrophysicists discovered a …

Exoplanets

Why do we archive astronomy data?

<i>Dr. Luisa Rebull, a Datanaut from the new spring 2018 class, contributed this blog post. She writes from Caltech in sunny California:</i><p>NASA archives an …

Time Travel Into The Past Is Probably Impossible

It's hard to say "never" to something like time travel, simply because we don't understand the universe well enough to give a definitive answer. …

Particle physics seems to have ceded the glamour and excitement of new discoveries to astrophysics

The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva was expected to throw up revolutionary discoveries, but the cosmic dancer guarding the entrance to the research …

Different shades of shadow

This graphic is perhaps more complex than first meets the eye. The Sun glows hot to the left, illuminating the Earth's surface. The side facing away …

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. The physicists were trying to work …

How does a professional conference get banned from Vegas? Ask these physicists

The city of Las Vegas hosts more than 21,000 conferences a year, gatherings that collectively draw 6.3 million delegates from around the world to gamble, drink, and frolic between program sessions.<p>Hosting a convention in Las Vegas is a win-win for organizers and city officials alike. The …

How Come Cosmic Inflation Doesn't Break The Speed Of Light?

When you think about where the Universe came from, you likely think about the hot Big Bang as our origins. According to the Big Bang, we began with an early, dense, uniform state of high-energy matter and radiation, which then expanded, cooled and clumped together to become the Universe we inhabit …

Universe

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness.<p>NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the Apollo program on a …

Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal

New results from a decades-old experiment were initially touted as further evidence for dark matter. But independent scientists have cast serious …

What is relativity? Einstein's mind-bending theory explained

When the theory of relativity appeared in the early 1900s, it upended centuries of science and gave physicists a new understanding of space and time. Isaac Newton saw space and time as fixed, but in the new picture provided by special relativity and general relativity they were fluid and …

Physics

Space Oddities: We Need a Plan to Stop Polluting Space Before It’s Too Late

There is a lot of junk floating out in space, and it’s a problem we’ve been talking about, in fits and spurts, since the 1960s.<p>WIRED OPINION<p>ABOUT<p>Amy …

The Case of the Evaporating Exoplanets

Until recently, Fergal Mullaly worked for the science office of the Kepler space telescope, the planet-hunting satellite that has verified more than …