Raymond Chapman

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Tricking the uncertainty principle

(Phys.org) —Caltech researchers have found a way to make measurements that go beyond the limits imposed by quantum physics.<p>Today, we are capable of …

Big Pic: A Hypergiant Star And Its Clingy Companion

This enormous star is a million times brighter than the sun.<p>The astronomer who discovered the size of this star says it's shaped like a peanut, but we disagree; that one "lobe" is much too large. Perhaps that's because the larger star is, in fact, one of the 10 largest stars ever discovered. Its …

Rough diamond hints at vast quantities of water inside Earth

A small, battered diamond found in the gravel strewn along a shallow riverbed in Brazil has provided evidence of a vast "wet zone" deep inside the Earth that could hold as much water as all the world's oceans put together.<p>The water is not sloshing around inside the planet, but is held fast within …

New Detector Lets People 'See' Radiation

Available now for all of your nuclear fallout needs<p>Radiation detectors can be expensive and cumbersome. Here's one alternative, now on the market: Polaris-H, a University of Michigan project that offers handheld gamma-ray vision.<p>To use the camera, someone looking for radiation sets it down in a …