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Einstein's biggest blunder turned out to explain one of the greatest scientific revelations of the 20th century

You can learn more fascinating science at this year's 10th annual World Science Festival in NYC taking place from May 30-June 4. Following is a …

Physics

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Quantum Mechanics

New Research May Reconcile General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics

Einstein + Quantum Physics<p>Scientists at the University of British Columbia have proposed a radical new theory to explain the exponentially increasing …

Physicists create mind-bending 'negative mass' that accelerates backwards and could help explain black holes

Scientists have created a fluid with "negative mass" which they claim can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos.<p>Washington State University physicists explained that this mass, unlike every physical object in the world we know, accelerates backwards when pushed.<p>The …

Physics

Scientists Finally Observed Time Crystals—But What the Hell Are They?

My first question was, “What is a time crystal?” Harvard graduate students Soonwon Choi, Joonhee Choi and postdoctoral researcher Renate Landig all …

You Physics Teachers Really Ought to Teach Numerical Calculations

I love including numerical calculations in my introductory and advanced physics courses. I find that including coding in the introductory physics …

Mathematical theorem finds gerrymandering in PA congressional district maps

Pennsylvania's congressional district maps are almost certainly the result of gerrymandering according to an analysis based on a new mathematical …

Mathematics

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’

A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.<p>In the 1960s, the …

Quantum Mechanics

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Quantum Mechanics

DeepMind's AI has learnt to become 'highly aggressive' when it feels like it's going to lose

Artificial intelligence changes the way it behaves based on the environment it is in, much like humans do, according to the latest research from …

Autocatalytic biodiversity hypothesis aims to supplant Darwin's 'war of the species'

If competition is the main evolutionary driver, why do so many species coexist within the same ecosystem? This a central question in ecology. Many …

Ecology

For the First Time Scientists Have Observed a Quantum Phase Transition

First Time Phase Shift<p>For the first time, physicists have experimentally observed a first-order phase transition occur in a quantum system – …

Researchers break data transfer efficiency record

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have set a new record in the transfer of information via superdense coding, a …

Quantum Computing

This Could Be The First Observational Evidence That Our Early Universe Was Once a Hologram

Wha??<p>For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is - or once was - a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require …

Why Renaissance Astronomer Tycho Brahe Is Still a Star - Facts So Romantic

Something is rotten in Denmark, but not to worry, it’s just the remains of astronomer Tycho Brahe.Despite being dead for over 400 years, this …

Astronomy

NASA is close to figuring out how to put space crews in cryostasis on long space journeys

Longer trips to say Europa, Titan or even the Outer Oort cloud will almost certainly require some form of suspended animation, in the form of …

Graph Isomorphism Vanquished—Again

It’s been a whiplash-inducing couple of weeks for theoretical computer scientists. On January 4, László Babai, a professor at the University of …

Why Is It Taking So Long To Figure Out Planet Nine?

<i>We have the mass and orbital parameters of a large planet in the outer solar system. Astronomers don’t seem to care?</i><p>Nothing short of caring deeply can cause astronomers to publish such a burst of papers on an as-yet theoretical planet, too distant to have already been captured by our numerous …

Universe

Scientists unleash graphene’s innate superconductivity

Already renowned for its potential to revolutionize everything from light bulbs and dental fillings through to semiconductors and motorcycle helmets, …

Graphene's Superconductive Power Has Finally Been Unlocked, And It's Crazier Than We Expected

Okay, wow.<p>It's official: graphene has been made into a superconductor in its natural state - which means electrical current can flow through it with …

Science Offers Some Insight Into How Much Sleep You Really Need

Is there any symbol of the modern era more common than the sleep-deprived working parent? It’s a common refrain used to scold us on our lifestyles and sell us products — a reminder that we don’t get enough sleep thanks to our screens, that it’s ruining our health, and that eight hours a day is the …

Sleep

Was Einstein Right, Is Time Travel Possible? Scientists Tested it

The University of Queensland Australia has done subsequent studies on time travel, its possibility aspects, and components. According to in-depth …

Physics

The Mathematics of Evolution: Q&A with Biologist Marcus Feldman

<i>From</i> <i>Quanta Magazine</i> <i>(</i><i>find original story here</i><i>).</i><p>Marcus Feldman never planned to end up on the front lines of evolutionary biology. “I always wanted to …

Biology

Earth-like planets may not be very Earth-like

When is an "Earth-like" planet not Earth-like? It's a question that the search for life beyond the Solar System revolves around, and a team of …

Astronomers Found the Universe's Largest Particle Accelerator

Two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe are occurring right next to each other.<p>NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory has spotted a unique structure in the cosmos: the largest particle accelerator in the known universe. The accelerator is caused by two of the most energetic phenomena in the …

Astrophysics

BACtrack Skyn is the first wearable to show how drunk you are in real-time

Ever wish a wearable could tell you when you might have had too much? The ability to see how drunk you are in any given situation could certainly come in handy when it’s time to decide if you’ll be having ‘just one more.’<p>What is it?<p>BACtrack Skyn is a wearable that can act on its own, or with an …

Here's the New Dark Matter-Free Theory of Gravity

Erik Verlinde has picked a fight with Einstein -- and could win.<p>Filed Under Astronomy & Physics<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to …

Meet the five eccentric physicists who changed the world of science

A quick peek at the quirky side of the game-changers in the world of physics.<p>The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are …

Still no violation of Lorentz symmetry, despite strongest test yet

(Phys.org)—Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet for no violation of Lorentz symmetry, one of the fundamental symmetries of relativity. …

Physics