Physics

New Study on Black Hole Magnetic Fields Has Thrown a Huge Surprise at Astronomers

Space is full of mysteries.<p>For the first time, scientists have studied the magnetic field of a black hole inside the Milky Way in multiple …

Universe

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

<i>Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Her research focuses on general relativity and quantum gravity. She is author of the blog</i> Backreaction <i>and her first book Lost in Math will appear in June 2018.</i><p>Newton's law of gravity — remember …

Science

Do electric charges and magnets distort space, in the way that a source of gravity does?

<b>Charles Torre, professor of physics at Utah State University and a researcher in gravitational and mathematical physics, provides this answer:</b><p><b>ALBERT</b> …

Albert Einstein

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has A Haunting Question About Bears

Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for using his Twitter account to tackle everything from urgent scientific issues to pop culture. But on Sunday, he took to social media to wonder about bears... and, in particular, one potential feature of a bear-led world.<p>The astrophysicist, author, host of “Star Talk” …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Upgrades begin on Stanford's chillingly powerful X-ray laser

Snapping high-resolution X-ray images on the molecular scale requires a "camera" that's 2 miles (3.2 km) long. It all starts at the injector, which …

Science

Study shows first evidence of winds outside black holes throughout their mealtimes

New research shows the first evidence of strong winds around black holes throughout bright outburst events when a black hole rapidly consumes …

Astrophysics

Brightening neutron-star collision stumps astrophysicists - Futurity

"This neutron-star merger is unlike anything we've seen before... it's a gift that seems to keep on giving.”

Astrophysics

Black Hole Apocalypse — NOVA

PBS Airdate: January 10, 2018<p><i>JANNA LEVIN (Astrophysicist, Barnard College of Columbia University):</i> Of all the objects in the cosmos,…<p><i>RAINER WEISS</i> …

Astrophysics

Electrons in the water

It's a popular tradition to throw coins into fountains in the hopes of having wishes granted. But what would happen if you could "throw" electrons …

Quantum Mechanics

Testing Einstein's Theory With A Triple Play

Einstein’s theory of gravity has been tested in lots of ways, from the slow precession of Mercury’s orbit, to the detection of gravitational waves. So far the theory has passed every test, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s completely true. Like any theory, general relativity is based upon …

Astrophysics

Neutron star cosmic collision keeps burning brighter, baffling scientists

Back in August last year, astronomers around the world witnessed the momentous merger of two neutron stars. This unprecedented event was observed as …

Astrophysics

New lead in South Australia's Beaumont children cold case

South Australia's most enduring cold case is to be revisited, with the site of an Adelaide factory to be dug up again following new information on …

South Australia

Quantum messaging links China and Austria

The Chinese satellite Micius has successfully performed an ultra-secure, encrypted quantum communication link with ground stations in China and …

News (China)

Puzzling finding raises new questions about atmospheric physics of giant planets

The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn't where astrophysicists expected it to be - a discovery that challenges scientists' …

Astronomy

Quantum dot ring lasers emit colored light

Researchers have designed a new type of laser called a quantum dot ring laser that emits red, orange, and green light. The different colors are …

Quantum Mechanics

Philip Nelson, Biological Physics, University of Pennsylvania

"Mr. J. Ruskin is about to begin a work of great importance and, therefore, begs that in reference to calls and correspondence you will consider him …

Biology

Astronomy: Water-tank telescopes detect cosmic rays, their direction

Located in the high desert plains of Argentina is a collection of 1,600 water tanks spread out over 1,200 square miles, an area about the size of …

Universe

Nanoparticle gel controls twisted light with magnetism

"Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." For many of those around at the release of Star Wars in 1977, that scene was a first introduction to …

Quantum Mechanics

Smartphones may help search for cosmic rays from black holes, supernovae: Study

Researchers have developed an algorithm for constructing convolutional neural networks that can be used with conventional mobile phones to record the …

Mobile

New metal-semiconductor interface for brain-inspired computing

One of the big challenges in computer architecture is integrating storage, memory and processing in one unit. This would make computers faster and …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers use sound waves to advance optical communication

Illinois researchers have demonstrated that sound waves can be used to produce ultraminiature optical diodes that are tiny enough to fit onto a …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers discover a blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy

Researchers have identified a new blazar-like narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy that emits gamma-ray radiation. The new galaxy, designated SDSS …

Universe

A new bound on axions

An axion is a hypothetical elementary particle whose existence was postulated in order to explain why certain subatomic reactions appear to violate …

Science

New for three types of extreme-energy space particles: Theory shows unified origin

New model connects the origins of very high-energy neutrinos, ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, and high-energy gamma rays with black-hole jets embedded …

Science

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to fly safely past Earth February 4

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 will make a close approach to Earth on Feb. 4, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. PST (4:30 p.m. EST / 21:30 UTC). At the time of closest …

Space Exploration

A new information engine is pushing the boundaries of thermodynamics

Conventional Thermodynamics<p>Physicists have created a device that has experimentally exceeded the conventional second law of thermodynamics. The …

Quantum Mechanics

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.<p>Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the …

Technology

Neutron star upper limit found

German astrophysicists use LIGO data to reveal the maximum size a neutron star can grow. Andrew Masterson reports.

Astrophysics

Colliding neutron stars prove equality before the law of | Cosmos

The scene: <i>Pisa, Italy, late 16th century. Galileo Galilei enters the famous Leaning Tower. He climbs the steps, trailed by his students, carrying two</i> …

Astrophysics

André-Marie Ampère and Electromagnetism

André-Marie Ampere<p>On January 20, 1775, French physicist and mathematician <b>André-Marie Ampère</b> was born, after whom the unit of measurement of electric …

Science