Mike Mayes

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Ask Ethan: Is Spacetime Really A Fabric?

post for patrons onlyUnlock it now<p>Ask Ethan: Is Spacetime Really A Fabric?<p>Patrons only<p>Gravity might have been the first fundamental force ever …

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Two slits and one hell of a quantum conundrum

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>07 August 2018<p>Philip Ball lauds a study of a famous experiment and the insights it offers into a thoroughly maddening theory.<p>Philip …

Quantum Physics

It Looks Like Plate Tectonics Aren’t Required to Support Life

When looking for potentially-habitable extra-solar planets, scientists are somewhat restricted by the fact that we know of only one planet where life …

Earth Science

Loopholes and the 'Anti-Realism' of the Quantum World

The theoretical physicist John Wheeler once used the phrase “great smoky dragon” to describe a particle of light going from a source to a photon …

Quantum Mechanics

Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

18-year-old Ewin Tang has proven that classical computers can solve the “recommendation problem” nearly as fast as quantum computers. The result …

Quantum Computing

What Was It Like When The Higgs Gave Mass To The Universe?

Universe

The Large Hadron Collider Just Successfully Accelerated Its First Atoms

Get ready for new science.<p>The Large Hadron Collider below Switzerland and France has just accelerated its first atoms to almost the speed of light, …

Physics

Ask Ethan: Where Does The 'Energy' For Dark Energy Come From?

<b>Planet supporter</b>: You might be small, but there are more of you out there than anyone knows. Immediate full access to articles, ad-free here on …

Dark Energy

What Is the Most Massive Star?

The sun may be the most massive object in the solar system — it contains 99.8 percent of the mass of the entire system — but on a stellar scale, it's …

Universe

There Was No Big Bang Singularity

Almost everyone has heard the story of the Big Bang. But if you ask anyone, from a layperson to a cosmologist, to finish the following sentence, “In the beginning, there was…” you’ll get a slew of different answers. One of the most common ones is “a singularity,” which refers to an instant where …

Universe

A New Study Suggests The Gale Crater Rocks Found On Mars Were Created Out Of Intraplate Volcanoes

Researchers show that it is possible that Mars may not have a continental crust like Earth.<p>In a new study, a Cornell University scientist has …

Earth Science

Found: Famous Gas Giant In Our Galaxy Has A Doppelganger, Reveals Study

Some 60 light-years away from Earth, in the Milky Way’s Pictor constellation, lies a giant super-Jupiter that goes by the name of Beta Pictoris b. …

Universe

Black holes, quasars & supernova: The most astounding phenomenon in outer space

Everything you wanted to know about black holes, supernova, and quasars but were afraid to ask.<br>Read More

Universe

This Simple Thought Experiment Shows Why We Need Quantum Gravity

There are two theories we have that explain all the particles and their interactions in the known Universe: General Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics. General Relativity describes gravity perfectly everywhere we’ve ever looked. From the smallest-scale attractions we’ve ever …

Quantum Physics

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

New detection method could quickly reveal exoplanets with Earth-like

Hunting for exoplanets is a complex yet exciting job that forefronts the search for habitability, but it’s definitely a time-consuming process. When …

Astronomy

Scientists Made the Fastest-Spinning Particles Ever to Test the Limits of Physics

Scientists made nanoparticles that spin around each other a billion times <i>per second,</i> the fastest mechanical rotation on record. They want to use …

Physics

Three Major Physics Discoveries and Counting

Sau Lan Wu spent decades working to establish the Standard Model of particle physics. Now she’s searching for what lies beyond it.

Physics

What Was It Like When The Universe First Created More Matter Than Antimatter?

13.8 billion years ago, at the moment of the Big Bang, the Universe was the hottest it’s ever been in history. Every single known particle exists in great abundance, along with equal amounts of their antiparticle counterparts, all smashing rapidly and repeatedly into everything around them. The …

Physics

Is Time Running Out On Dark Matter?

Time may be running out on the search for the cosmos’ exotic dark matter. Decades after the first searches for dark matter’s hypothetical exotic particle counterparts, researchers are mostly at a loss to explain why there still has been no direct detection. That is, one that could explain why such …

Dark Matter

New telescope offers clearest view of Milky Way's brilliant center

A new telescope in South Africa captured a panoramic image of what scientists claim is the clearest view yet of the center of the Milky Way galaxy.<p>The MeerKAT radio telescope was built and operated by the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), and is located in the country's Northern …

Universe

Einstein's theory of special relativity works even in ghostly high-energy neutrinos

Once again, scientists have shown that Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity is right — this time, thanks to a particle detector buried deep beneath Antarctica.<p>Scientists from the 1-gigaton IceCube Neutrino Observatory examined subatomic particles called neutrinos: elusive, chargeless …

Physics

What Is (And Isn't) Scientific About The Multiverse

The Universe is all there ever was, all there is, and all there will ever be. At least, that’s what we’re told, and that’s what’s implied by the word “Universe” itself. But whatever the true nature of the Universe actually is, our ability to gather information about it is fundamentally limited.<p>It’s …

Dark Matter

I'm Bill Browder. Here's the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump

I wasn’t watching the Donald Trump–Vladimir Putin press conference from Helsinki. But when my phone started burning up with messages, I knew …

Russia

Could The Present Ever Change The Past?

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

The Neutrino Trappers

Just over the border from Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, lies a small town called Neytrino. For the last half-century, its main business has been the study of the tiniest insubstantial bit of matter in the universe, an ephemeral fly-by-night subatomic particle called the …

Physics

Scientists Discovered a Quadrillion Tons of Diamonds Hidden Deep Within the Earth

"Diamond is not a particularly rare mineral."<p>Adorning an ear or encircling a finger, a natural diamond is synonymous with luxury. The average cost of …

Earth Science

The Pillars Of Creation Haven't Been Destroyed, Say New NASA Images

The Pillars of Creation, 7,000 light years away in the Eagle Nebula, represents one of Hubble’s most iconic images.<p>The full nebula itself is a race: evaporative radiation from new stars fights against the active, ongoing star-formation from the nebula’s cool gas.<p>First observed by Hubble in the …

Cosmology

3D map of stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood

3D map of all known stellar systems in the solar neighbourhood within a radius of 12.5 light-years. The Sun is at the centre and the Epsilon Indi …

Coupling between galaxy spin and central black hole spin

What is the relationship between the spin of a galaxy and the spin of its corresponding black hole?<p>Associated questions:<p>Do they always have the same …