Physics

20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

Cosmology

Albert Einstein's theory of monogamy

Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is known around the world, sparked vigorous scientific debate and transformed theoretical physics and …

Science

The Future Of The Sun: Massive Black Holes Dwarf The Entire Solar System

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matthew Clifford.</i><p>This is a comparison of the Sun’s diameter versus the diameter of Earth.<p>The …

Astronomy

Is There a Link Between Our Minds and the Quantum World?

Consciousness is something that we know very little about but is often defined as being a person’s awareness of something. But, some scientists even …

Quantum Mechanics

2017 April 23 - The Holographic Principle

<b>The Holographic Principle</b> <b><br>Image Credit:</b> Caltech<p><b>Explanation:</b> Is this picture worth a thousand words? According to the Holographic Principle, the most …

Quantum Mechanics

Why I'm marching

<b>(CNN) —</b> I'm marching for science.<p>As I stand in a crowd, surrounded by chanting people and signs covered with clever slogans, it occurred to me that not everyone will understand why I chose to spend this chilly day on the Chicago lakefront when my sofa is a lot comfier. It's because I think it is …

Large Hadron Collider

Hold One of Nature's Brightest Phenomena In Your Hands

You've probably seen nature shows covering animals with bioluminescent properties, emitting radiant light just by, well, living. Dinoflagellates fall …

Science

Why I marched for science

Science will not make moral and political choices for us, or tell us what our goals should be. But it will help delineate the possibilities for achieving them<p><i>Like many others, I marched for science on Saturday 22nd April. I also spoke at the rally in Parliament Square, London, along with several</i> …

Higgs Boson

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can't grasp it

When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees "Solarfri" posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means …

Quantum Mechanics

Supermassive Black Holes Suggest We May Be Very Wrong About How Our Universe Formed

Riddled with Holes<p>The universe can be thought of as one big, continuously expanding space. An interesting theory about this expansion assumes that …

Astrophysics

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists ponder the possibility of quantum consciousness

As AI improves, the mystery of consciousness interests more programmers and physicists.<p>Karla Lant explains:<p>This is probably in part because of the …

Quantum Mechanics

We May Finally Find out If Deep Space Travel Would Melt Astronauts

Forty years ago, Canadian physicist Bill Unruh made a surprising prediction regarding quantum field theory. Known as the Unruh effect, his theory …

Science

No, Scientists Didn't Just Create Negative Mass or Defy the Laws of Physics

A few days ago, I spotted a strange title on a physics paper, claiming to have produced negative mass. I gave it a read. No they didn’t, I thought to …

Science

Ask Ethan: What Should A Black Hole's Event Horizon Look Like?

Earlier this month, telescopes from all around the world took data, simultaneously, of the Milky Way’s central black hole. Of all the black holes that are known in the Universe, the one at our galactic center — Sagittarius A* — is special. From our point of view, its event horizon is the largest of …

Astrophysics

Like disappearing ink, but cooler: Laser-powered invisible images demonstrated

The image is only revealed if the right color laser is shone on surface.<p>I think everyone is aware of the trick with invisible ink. Write your message …

Quantum Mechanics

This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth …

Dark Matter

The world’s largest X-ray laser is one step closer to completion

Why it matters to you<p>European XFEL X-ray will let scientists capture images of atomic elements on a previously unimaginably tiny scale.<p>The world’s …

Science

Two-dimensional melting of hard spheres experimentally unravelled after 60 years

After extensive research, scientists from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford have found experimental evidence that sheds new …

Quantum Mechanics

Harry Huskey dies in Santa Cruz; ENIAC pioneer also designed ‘first PC’

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — One of the last surviving members of the team that created the pioneering ENIAC computer in the 1940s has died. Harry Huskey was …

Quantum Computing

Genius Bot: Chat with 'Einstein' Via Facebook Messenger

On April 25, National Geographic Channel will launch its first scripted television show, "Genius," about the life of Albert Einstein. But before that …

Chatbots

The Phoenix Cluster Is A Record-Breaking Galaxy Cluster

The Phoenix Cluster is impressive enough to make anyone's head spin. It's one of the biggest, brightest galaxy clusters ever discovered, and, trust …

Astrophysics

What made Einstein a 'Genius'?

Star Geoffrey Rush and the creators of National Geographic's "Genius" reveal what makes a mind like Albert Einstein's so unique in this exclusive video.

Albert Einstein

Is the World Ready for a New Kind of Physics?

A new video available shows CERN physicist John Ellis describing how the standard model of the universe relies upon the Higgs Boson. He also takes a …

Particle Physics

A physicist debunks the biggest myth about the Bermuda Triangle

In recent years, theories have popped up that a rush of methane bubbles from the seafloor could be what's causing ships to sink in the Bermuda Triangle. It might sound plausible at first, but bubble physicist Helen Czerski explains why this theory is completely false.<p>Read more about everyday …

Science

A genuinely good drama about that rascal genius Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a rogue and roué, a man open to a life of sensual pleasure.<p>When we first meet him in <i>Genius</i> (starts Tuesday, National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m.) he is, shall we say, shtupping his much younger assistant Betty with gusto in an empty classroom in Berlin. It’s the 1920s and …

TV

The secret science in your home

Understanding the secrets of shaving requires a small army of scientists – plus a steady stream of bewhiskered men willing to try out the latest …

Large Hadron Collider

Focus: Germanium Revived from the Spintronics Graveyard

April 21, 2017• <i>Physics</i> 10, 44<p>Germanium produces a surprisingly large separation of electron spins in response to electric current—good news …

Quantum Mechanics

‘Genius’ Cast and Crew Tout Albert Einstein, Predict Historical Figure For Season 2

Albert Einstein was the man of the hour at the premiere of National Geographic’s first-ever scripted series, “Genius,” at New York City’s Tribeca …

TV

'Genius' TV series shows drama of Albert Einstein's life

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philosopher, humanitarian and physicist Albert Einstein is the subject of new TV series "Genius," which delves into the drama and passion of the man who developed the theory of relativity and helped initiate the U.S. effort to build an atomic bomb.<p>Executive producer Ron Howard …

Gravitational Waves