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Scientists create ‘quantum inverted pendulum’

Scientists have found a way to maintain an unstable quantum system by applying bursts of microwave radiation.<p>The feat is a quantum analogue to …

Strike Social Analyzes The Performance Of Your YouTube Videos For Free

A new startup called Strike Social says its tools give YouTube publishers a way to track how their content is performing on the video site and on social networks, and at a pretty compelling price — free.<p>The first big piece of the Strike Social product is a number, called the Strike Score, that …

Researchers figure out how to grow uniform batches of carbon nanotubes

Carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes of rolled up graphene that measure just 1 nanometer across, are super-strong structures that could someday be used in …

15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

It looks almost like the Millennium Falcon, creeping ever so slowing, taking up the entire roadway on New York's Long Island. A team of spotters walks alongside, calling out trees that need cutting and road signs that need to be taken down.<p>Its name is the Muon g-2 (pronounced g minus two) and it's …

Commercial Quantum Computer Actually Works, According To New Testing

Spooky stuff is really happening in the world's first commercially available quantum processor.<p>Since the Canadian company D-Wave began selling so-called quantum processors, experts have debated whether they're truly quantum. Now, according to an analysis by academic physicists they really do show …

The Large Hadron Collider in pictures: using big technology to investigate tiny things

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M Krauss – book review

Teleportation is technically demanding, especially when the object being teleported is a whole human. The energy required to turn Captain Kirk into a …

Astronomers Have Discovered A New Type Of Star

For years scientists have known that the apparent brightness of many stars changes over time, however, the kind of variable star seen in this new European Southern Observatory photo of the open star cluster NGC 3766 has not been studied in detail before.<p>By using the La Silla Observatory in Chile, a …

Universe

Scientists release plans for new largest particle accelerator, designed to find dark matter

One of the biggest science projects in human history is ready to begin. Scientists from around the world announced today that they have completed the final design specs for what will become the largest particle accelerator ever built, the International Linear Collider, a planned 19.3-mile-long (31 …

New Type Of Pulsing Star Discovered

Scientists' current understanding of stars says these stars shouldn't vary in brightness, but they do.<p>Astronomers have discovered a new type of pulsing star. There are 36 of the new type, located in a cluster about 7,000 light-years away from Earth.<p>Based on their brightness and temperature, they …

Study suggests black holes abundant among the earliest stars

The evidence comes from comparing infrared and X-ray background signals across the same stretch of sky.<p>Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray …

Universe

Inconsistency In The Big Bang Theory Resolved

Previous measurements of lithium isotopes in the galaxy may not have been entirely accurate. Woops!<p>A team of scientists working at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii has solved one of the vital inconsistencies in the Big Bang theory, reconciling observed data with our current theoretical models of how …

New light cast on dark matter

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, perhaps the most pressing problem in particle physics is to determine the nature of dark matter. The …

Start ‘magnetic fire’ without a spark?

<b>NYU (US) —</b> Physicists have uncovered new clues to how energy is sustained and spreads in “magnetic fire.”<p>They say the process is similar to how …

Bubble math shows foam evolve and pop

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> Using a set of linked partial differential equations, researchers explain what happens as foamy bubbles form and then …

Why pear shape may explain matter vs. antimatter

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> The first direct evidence of pear-shaped nuclei in exotic atoms may help explain why the Big Bang created more matter than …

New method of finding planets scores its first discovery

A team has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein’s special theory of relativity.<p>Detecting alien worlds presents a …

Astronomers Spot A Planet Using Einstein's Theory Of Relativity

First proposed 10 years ago, the method recently helped scientists locate a super-hot gas giant 2,000 light-years away.<p>A different algorithm for discovering planets recently proved its mettle, identifying a new planet that's like a bigger, hotter Jupiter.<p>A team of astronomers from Israel, the U.S. …

Neil deGrasse Tyson's remake of Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos' headed to Fox in 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson's reboot of astrophysicist Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking documentary series, <i>Cosmos: A Personal Journey,</i> is finally on its way to television. Fox made the official announcement during its advertising upfront presentation at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Monday, reports <i>The Los</i> …

US colleges are overcharging poor students and giving rich ones a discount

Neat fact: If the federal government were to take all of the money it pours into various forms of financial aid each year, it could go ahead and make tuition free, or close to it, for every student at every public college in the country.<p>Will it ever happen? Ha. Not unless Bernie Sanders somehow …

College & University

The Fantastic Mr Feynman, BBC Two, review

Gerard O'Donovan reviews The Fantastic Mr Feynman, a documentary exploring the life and career of noted physicist Richard Feynmann.<p>Recently I watched The Challenger, an engrossing BBC Two drama starring William Hurt as a scientist battling terminal illness and deliberate obfuscation to get at the …

Science Weekly podcast: life in a random universe

On this edition of the show Alok Jha meets Brian Clegg to discuss his latest book Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe. Brian is a …

Feynman: his birthday, his diagrams and his lectures | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

This evening BBC2 will show a documentary by Chris Riley about a remarkable man; Richard Feynman. Yesterday, on the 95th anniversary of Feynman's …

Physicists Create First Long-Distance Quantum Link

<b>By Jim Heirbaut, ScienceNOW</b><p>For more than a decade, physicists have been developing quantum mechanical methods to pass secret messages without fear …

Brian Cox's guide to quantum mechanics

In The Hunt for the Higgs, Cern physicist <b>Brian Cox</b> presents his handy guide to quantum mechanics and the subatomic world, the elusive Higgs boson and …

Biology faces a quantum leap into the incomprehensible

Paul Nurse has a modest way with his ideas. "Are you like me when you read books on relativity?" he asks. "You think you have got it and then you …

The World of Quantum Mechanics Made Simple ~ An Animated Guide - Part 6 (6/6)

Quantum Mechanics: Animation explaining quantum physics