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Physicists Are About to Attempt The 'Impossible' - Turning Light Into Matter

E=mc2 becomes m=E/c2.<p>Theoretically, it should be possible to turn light into matter. In practice, well - "easier said than done" is an understatement.<p>…

China's Tiangong-1 satellite isn't the only space junk above us

Out-of-control Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is set to fall to Earth in the next few weeks, but it's unlikely to cause much damage should it make it all the way to the surface of the planet. There are, however, a number of disturbing hazards among the thousands of pieces of space junk orbiting …

Space Exploration

Scientists directly observe light-to-energy transfer in new solar cell materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are now able to capture the moment less than one trillionth of a second a particle of …

Surprise! The Universe Has A Third Way To Form Black Holes

When a massive enough star runs out of fuel in its core and collapses, the resulting Type II supernova will produce a black hole.<p>Supernovae that aren’t quite massive enough will produce neutron stars instead, which themselves will make black holes if they either accrete more matter or collide with …

Universe

Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

New study proposes a (relatively) mundane source: a specific class of supernova.<p>Antimatter is rare in this Universe, but the Universe is a pretty big …

Ask Ethan: What Does The Edge Of The Universe Look Like?

13.8 billion years ago, the Universe as we know it began with the hot Big Bang. Over that time, space itself has expanded, the matter has undergone gravitational attraction, and the result is the Universe we see today. But as vast as it all is, there’s a limit to what we can see. Beyond a certain …

Galaxies

Scientists Are About to Perform an Experiment to See if The Human Mind Is Bound by Physics

This could be interesting...<p>Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a "spooky …

How Do You Code for a Quantum Computer?

The coders of tomorrow may be bug-checking the multiverse.<p>Ever since the invention of the computer, coders have been working in the medium of 1s and …

Quantum Computing

Lab-grown blood stem cells produced at last

Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people.<p>After 20 years of trying, scientists have transformed mature cells …

IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet

IBM's two quantum computing platforms just took a leap forward in processing power. The company announced today that it has successfully built and tested its two most powerful quantum computers yet -- the research and business-focused Quantum Experience universal computer and the prototype …

For The First Time, Physicists Have Observed a Giant Magnetic 'Bridge' Between Galaxies

Whoa.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected evidence of a magnetic field that's associated with the vast intergalactic 'bridge' that links our …

The strange sheep that baffled scientists

A rare mutant sheep with straight, silky wool is helping unravel the mysteries of human hair.<p>When a farmer in Otago, New Zealand, saw a bizarre-looking lamb in his flock, he first assumed a wild goat had snuck in and impregnated one of his ewes. The newborn had a lamb-shaped body yet was coated …

Solving one of nature's great puzzles: What drives the accelerating expansion of the universe?

UBC physicists may have solved one of nature's great puzzles: what causes the accelerating expansion of our universe?

Scientists Have Set a Limit For Quantum Entanglement - And It's Really Freaking Powerful

Unbreakable at 30 times Earth's acceleration.<p>For the first time, scientists have subjected quantum entanglement to extreme levels of acceleration, …

Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery

By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in …

The Great American Eclipse is 100 days away, and scientists are ready

This summer, darkness will fall across the face of America.<p>Birds will stop singing.<p>Temperatures will drop.<p>Stars will become visible in the daytime sky.<p>In about 100 days, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States for the first time since 1918. Astronomers are calling it …

Astronomy

In the Eyes of Science, Is Time Travel Possible?

Most of us have probably sat and daydreamed about what it would be like if we could travel back through time to some point previous in our lives or …

Why you should be wary of 'scientific' cooking methods

Some websites offer dubious advice purportedly rooted in scientific fact, but oblivious to deliciousness<p>If by some horrific twist of fate you happen …

Going Back to the Origin of the Cosmic Microwave Background

The creation of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) is one of the effects that occurred a few thousand years following the Big Bang. It’s a faint …

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Communication without particle transmission.<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called …

Physicists Are ‘Breeding’ SchröDinger’s Cat, And It Could Reveal The Limits of The Quantum World

Physicists have figured out how to ‘breed’ Schrödinger’s cat – an object in a quantum superposition of two states with opposite properties – to …

Are we too connected for good problem-solving? - Futurity

Connectedness isn't always the best for problem-solving, research shows. Sometimes it's better if people don't know what others are thinking.

This 'sensor' lets your cells detect electric fields - Futurity

Scientists have found the first actual "sensor mechanism" that allows a living cell to detect an electric field.

Watch A Star Get Shredded By A Black Hole In This Beautiful And Terrifying Animation

Nothing (or almost nothing) can escape a black hole<p>Black holes got their name because it used to be assumed that nothing could escape from them, not even light. There are some challengers to that notion. Stephen Hawking suggested decades ago that heat might radiate from a black hole, and recently …

Ultrasound Could Deliver Drugs More Effectively To GI Tract

Making inefficient enemas a thing of the past<p>For sufferers of gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory bowel diseases, getting drugs to where they are most needed is a laborious and often ineffective process. Intestinal tissue is often slow to …

Nike's Self-Lacing Sneakers From 'Back To The Future II' Are Real

And Michael J. Fox is wearing them to help the fight against Parkinson's<p>In the 1989 hit move <i>Back To The Future Part II</i>, our protagonist Marty McFly travels to what was then the strange and distant future day of October 21, 2015, encountering all sorts of strange modern technologies, like …

Baby babble catches up after cochlear implants - Futurity

Sounds like "ba-ba" and "da-da" aren't prevalent among infants who have profound hearing loss—that is, until they receive cochlear implants.

Space Station One-Year Crew Talks to Students

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, researchers say. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired it into the human …

What makes a halo around the sun or moon?

A large ring or circle of light around the sun or moon is called a 22-degree halo by scientists.<p>We get many messages throughout each year from people …

Astronomy