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The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a Lab

Subatomic particles—photons, let’s say, or electrons—sometimes also act like waves. And waves sometimes act like subatomic particles. It’s weird. …

Quantum Physics

The Milky Way Might Host A Massive Wormhole- New Research Paper Suggests

Our very own Milky Way could host a huge bridge in space-time. At least, that’s what the authors of a recent study have suggested. According to the …

Dark Matter

Astronomy Without A Telescope - Flat Universe

[/caption]<p>A remarkable finding of the early 21st century, that kind of sits alongside the Nobel prize winning discovery of the universe’s …

Physics

Antigravity Could Replace Dark Energy as Cause of Universe's Expansion

[/caption]<p>Since the late 20th century, astronomers have been aware of data that suggest the universe is not only expanding, but expanding at an …

8 Baffling Astronomy Mysteries

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KIPAC<p>Slide 1 of 18<p>The Wonder of It All<p>The universe has been around for roughly 13.7 billion years, but it still holds many …

Dark Matter

Seven Misconceptions About Dark Matter

Dark matter seems able to attract the crazies like few other areas in astronomy. That's understandable, really. Sensible, even. Anyone half-rational</i> …

Black Hole's Howling Cosmic Winds Stop Galaxies From Getting Too Big

The furious, ultra-fast cosmic winds produced by supermassive black holes are blasting through their host galaxies so strongly, they can reshape the entire star formation.<p>NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope worked together to observe one of our …

Universe

A Possible Solution to the Mystery of the Origin of Matter in the Universe

New NASA photo of the “Pillars of Creation” from the Hubble Telescope.<p><i>A new study from UCLA physicists offers a possible solution to the mystery of</i> …

Beyond Higgs: 5 Elusive Particles That May Lurk in the Universe

Photo Credit: CERN/CMS/Taylor, L; McCauley, T<p>Slide 1 of 11<p>More to find<p>With the recent confirmation of a Higgs Boson discovery, many physicists were …

Four ways to break the universe's speed limit

BI Answers: What can travel faster than the speed of light?<p>When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our universe, he essentially stamped a speed limit on it: 670,616,629 miles per hour.<p>But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the …

Black Holes: Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong

If most people know one thing about black holes, they probably know that nothing can escape from them, not even light.<p>Yet this most basic tenet about …

Chasing The Mystery Of Spacetime's Local 'Bulk Flow'

For decades, the root cause of our Milky Way galaxy’s “bulk flow” in the direction of the Centaurus and Hydra constellations has retained an air of mystery. Our own star’s motion through the Milky Way is relatively well understood. But a full understanding of the exact forces driving our Local …

Universe

New Horizons is carrying the ashes of Pluto's discoverer to Pluto

Later this week, NASA's New Horizons probe will finally be close enough to Pluto to begin observing the dwarf planet and its moons. Along with a bevy …

Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool | Colossal

<p>First off: <b>language warning</b> for the kiddos. Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and …

Cheap DIY Microscope Sees Individual Atoms

This is not an artist’s rendering, nor a physics simulation. This device held together with hardware-store MDF and eyebolts and connected to a …

Tales From the Superbowl of Astronomy

<i>SEATTLE — Each January, thousands of astronomers get together and spend four days talking about stars, galaxies, planets, the cosmos, and everything in between. This year’s winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Seattle from Jan. 4-8, and it was so stuffed with science that</i> …

New device allows for manipulation of differentiating stem cells

Electroporation is a powerful technique in molecular biology. By using an electrical pulse to create a temporary nanopore in a cell membrane, …

'Single-photon emission enhancement' seen as step toward quantum technologies

(Phys.org)—Researchers have demonstrated a new way to enhance the emission of single photons by using "hyperbolic metamaterials," a step toward …

Photons