Physics

Ask Ethan: Could The Fabric Of Spacetime Be Defective?

The biggest lesson from Einstein’s general theory of relativity is that space itself isn’t a flat, unchanging, absolute entity. Rather it’s woven together, along with time, into a single fabric: spacetime. This fabric is continuous, smooth, and gets curved and deformed by the presence of matter and …

Science

BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four - Subatomic science: 10 things we know (and don’t know) about the fabric of the universe

6. Around 70 billion neutrinos pass through the tip of your nose every second<p>Hundreds of billions of miniscule particles go right through our bodies every second without us even noticing. Produced by stars and other astrophysical events, neutrinos have almost no mass at all and travel at almost …

Higgs Boson

Ground broken on US subatomic particle experiment sites

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — Ground has been broken on the site of a physics experiment that would send subatomic particles 800 miles underground from the Chicago suburbs to South Dakota.<p>Friday afternoon's groundbreaking for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility was held simultaneously at Fermi National …

Science

Catch a Speeding Star: High-Velocity Milky Way Objects Tracked (Animation)

A new animated video from the European Space Agency shows how the stars in Earth's galaxy have moved over the last million plus years — and tracks …

Universe

The Best of the Physics arXiv (week ending July 22, 2017) - MIT Technology Review

A roundup of the most interesting papers from the arXiv:<p>Get stories like this before anyone else with First Look.

Cloverfield 3 Pushed to 2018

The third installment in the Cloverfield universe, previously known as God Particle, has been pushed back a little over three months.Variety reports …

Higgs Boson

On an Alaska adventure, a good dog can make all the difference

I suspected my brief dogless period was coming to an end when my wife and daughter began looking at puppies on the internet.<p>We had a few months …

Dogs

Watch: Dark Matter cast talks Ryo's dark turn and Three's strange love life

The world of <i>Dark Matter</i> just keeps getting more complex, as the cast continues to move forward from being just a group of numbered people and …

Dark Matter

Creating the largest neutrino detectors in the world

A new era in neutrino physics in the United States is underway, and UW–Madison's Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) in Stoughton is playing a key …

Science

Those weird radio waves that were puzzling astronomers have a new explanation

Still not aliens<p>Last week, astronomers at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico announced they had picked up some strange radio signals coming from a small red dwarf star, and they couldn’t quite figure out what was causing them. Now, it seems they have an answer: it turns out these bizarre radio …

Astrophysics

How Aliens Might Use 'Network Theory' For Galactic Communications

Advanced technological civilizations looking for efficient communication from one end of a galaxy to another would best be served by tapping into a network of transiting extrasolar earths. That is, extrasolar earths capable of being observed transiting across the face of their parent stars. Or so …

Universe

5 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future

From President Trump to FaceTime.<p>For a time, <i>The Simpsons</i> was as close to TV perfection as you could get. A razor sharp satirical sense combined with some of the best writing in TV history gave the show a pre-eminent aura that no series has yet managed to duplicate. So sharp was the writers' …

Higgs Boson

Where did the antimatter go?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've no doubt heard of Einstein's famous equation E = mc2, and you may well have heard that it means that matter can be converted to energy and back again. That statement is true but incomplete.<p>What is more correct is that energy can be converted not only into matter, but also antimatter …

Large Hadron Collider

'We Don't Planet' Episode 13: Spiral Galaxies

Our Milky Way is one of many spiral galaxies in the universe. These collections of stars are characterized by their namesake arms that appear to wind …

Universe

Scientists discover "angel particle" that is its own antiparticle

Every fundamental particle in the universe has an antiparticle, which has the same mass but the opposite charge. If a particle should ever meet its …

Particle Physics

How To Make A Supernova In The Palm Of Your Hands

Supernovae are one of the most violent and powerful events in the Universe. They are dying massive stars that go with a bang before they turn into a neutron star or black hole. Supernova explosions eject matter in all directions at speeds close to 10% the speed of light. They are extremely bright …

Universe

Scientists announce the quest for high-index materials

All-dielectric nanophotonics: The quest for better materials and fabrication techniques<p>In order to send, receive, and process electromagnetic …

Engineering

Exotic Physics Glimpsed for First Time in Lab Crystal

An exotic effect in particle physics that’s theorized to occur in immense gravitational fields—near a black hole, or in conditions just after the Big …

Science

Unhackable Quantum Networks Take to Space

The dream of a space-based, nigh-unhackable quantum Internet may now be closer to reality, thanks to new experiments with Chinese and European …

Quantum Mechanics

Stars May Form As Twins

This is a sad story about lost siblings.<p>The sun may be the lone star in our solar system today, but that may not have always been the case. …

Universe

Massive waves smash the Illawarra coast

of<p>╳<p>exit<p>Local Business<p>A dangerous surf warning has been issued for waters along the Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden.<p>Powerful surf forecast for …

Astrophysics

America Is Breaking Ground on an Enormous Neutrino Experiment Today

Particle physics is rarely a cheap-and-easy endeavor. Just think about the Large Hadron Collider, buried deep beneath the Swiss-French border—it cost …

Particle Physics

'Citizen scientists' find a nearby brown dwarf

Oh, I love stories like this: “Citizen scientists” —people who are not necessarily trained scientists but are enthusiastic and eager to take part in …

Universe

ESA's gravitational wave satellite shut down after 16 months

The European Space Agency's LISA Pathfinder satellite was shut down this week, after 16 months of service in the hunt for gravitational waves. But …

Astrophysics

Cloverfield 3 Moves to 2018

Paramount Pictures has both moved the next <i>Cloverfield</i> movie (aka. <b>God Particle</b>) back to 2018 and bumped the George Clooney-directed <i>Suburbicon</i> and …

Higgs Boson

Flashes of light on the dark matter

Using the light from very distant quasars to study the intergalactic space. Thanks to simulations on supercomputers, research offers new evidence on …

Dark Matter

Rise of the Electron Beams

There was apparently a very impressive talk from Sriram Subramaniam on cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) at the Computer-Assisted Drug Design Gordon …

Science

The first light atomic nucleus with a second face

To some degree of approximation, atomic nuclei are spherical, though distorted to a greater or lesser extent. When the nucleus is excited, its shape …

Science

Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon

The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one of the most …

Universe