Physics

How Big Was The Universe At The Moment Of Its Creation?

You might think of the Universe as infinite, and quite honestly, it might truly be infinite, but we don’t think we’ll ever know for sure. Thanks to the Big Bang — the fact that the Universe had a birthday, or that we can only go back a finite amount of time — and the fact that the speed of light is …

Cosmology

Theoretical Physicists Suggest There's a Portal Linking the Standard Model to Dark Physics

Um, what?<p>Theoretical physicists have put forward a new hypothesis that aims to connect the world of visible physics to the hidden forces of our …

Dark Matter

Supermassive Black Hole Kicked Out Of Galactic Core By Gravitational Waves

If really big numbers don’t make sense to you, this story may leave you confused. But when supermassive black holes are involved, especially one that …

Astrophysics

A British teenager pointed out a major error in the data NASA collects from the ISS

A British school student recently contacted NASA to point out that there was an error in data recorded on the International Space Station (ISS), earning him thanks from the US space agency.<p>Miles Soloman, a 17-year-old student from Tapton School in Sheffield, was working on the TimPix project, which …

Large Hadron Collider

NASA's NuSTAR Mission Reveals New Pulsar In Andromeda Galaxy

In 2013, observations made using NASA’s Swift satellite revealed the presence of a bright X-ray source in Andromeda (also known as M31) — a spiral …

Andromeda Galaxy

The Centuries-Long Quest to Measure One Second

Up above 5,400 feet, in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies, horologists adjust mirrors and fine-tune lasers in the never-ending crusade to define time.<p>There is an elegant, simple, and entirely accurate way to define the second. A second is 1/86,400 of the time that it takes the Earth to rotate …

Science

When and Where Does Zordon Exist?

Of all of the mysteries of the <i>Power Rangers</i> universe, when and where Zordon exists is the most baffling.<p>In the classic TV show from the ‘90s, Zordon …

Cosmology

Not one, not two, but five new particles discovered with the Large Hadron Collider

Operating at unprecedented luminosities, the LHCb experiment at CERN has revealed a system of five “glue-like” particles that interact through the …

Particle Physics

Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin review – songs from outer space

When scientists recorded the collision of two black holes in 2015 it was the biggest event since the big bang. Janner charts the story from Einstein to Ligo<p>The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo) has cost more than $1bn (£800m) and drawn on the combined brain-power of some …

Gravitational Waves

Breaking the 'Speed Limit': Simulation Shows Behemoth Black Holes' Rapid Growth

They grow up so fast: A new simulation shows how supermassive black holes could have gotten so large, so quickly in the early universe — by taking a …

Astrophysics

Boost Facebook Engagement With These 3 Psychology Principles

Try these tactics if your Facebook marketing strategy is starting to feel a little stiff.<p>In this era of marketing, Facebook is King. People are spending more and more time on the Facebook platform than any other. As of the fourth quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.86 billion monthly active users.<p>Not …

String Theory

Bogoliubov Fermi Surfaces in Superconductors with Broken Time-Reversal Symmetry

It is commonly believed that, in the absence of disorder or an external magnetic field, there are three possible types of superconducting excitation …

Quantum Mechanics

The Famous Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Gets Brought to Life in an Off-Kilter Animation

Schrödinger’s Cat is one of the more famous thought experiments in modern physics, created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935. <i>The</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

From gravity to the Higgs we're still waiting for new physics

Annual physics jamboree Rencontres de Moriond has a history of revealing exciting results from colliders, and this year new theories and evidence abound<p>I’m here again at the Rencontres de Moriond conference in Italy. Some of you might remember an update from last year from the same conference on a …

Science

Stephen Hawking, Given Two Years to Live in 1963, Is Going To Space

Stephen Hawking gave an interview to Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain”, where he confirmed that he’ll be going to space on Richard Branson’s …

Stephen Hawking

The warp drive: from science fiction towards science fact?

Not so long ago we had to assume that we’ll never be able to travel faster than light. This was based on scientists’ sensible belief that we can …

Science

Observation of Charge-Dependent Azimuthal Correlations in $p\text{\ensuremath{-}}\mathrm{Pb}$ Collisions and Its Implication for the Search for the Chiral Magnetic Effect

Observation of Charge-Dependent Azimuthal Correlations in p−Pb Collisions and Its Implication for the Search for the Chiral Magnetic Effect

Quantum Mechanics

Curiosity captures gravity wave shaped clouds on Mars

This week, from March 20th to 24th, the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference will be taking place in The Woodlands, Texas. Every year, this …

Space

“CERN Invented the Web” Isn’t an Argument for Anything

I mentioned in passing in the Forbes post about science funding that I’m thoroughly sick of hearing about how the World Wide Web was invented at …

CERN

Focus: Magnetic Fluctuations without a Magnet

March 24, 2017• <i>Physics</i> 10, 31<p>Magnetic waves in a permanent magnet can survive even when the material is too hot for large-scale magnetism to …

Quantum Mechanics

Kaikoura quake may prompt rethink of earthquake hazard models internationally

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake was so complex and unusual that it is likely to lead to changes in the way scientists think about …

Earthquakes

Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function

Unlike experimental neuroscientists who deal with real-life neurons, computational neuroscientists use model simulations to investigate how the brain …

Quantum Mechanics

The End of the Universe as We Know It

It’s always evolving, and it may change in fundamental ways, with disastrous results.<p>What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice …

Cosmology

Quantum computing

Quantum computers are big news, each week brings reports of fresh advances in stability and power. But for many people, the quantum world is …

Quantum Computing

Euclid: ESA's Search for Dark Matter & Dark Energy

Euclid is a mission planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) that aims to learn more about the parts of the universe we can't see — specifically, …

Dark Matter

Lawrence Krauss on religion, science and our intellectual journey around the Universe

Krauss' new book explores the greatest story ever told - physics and the workings of our Universe<p>Author Lawrence Krauss' upcoming book is all about the history of physics and modern research, encompassing both cosmology and subatomic physics; what Krauss describes as particle astrophysics. It’s a …

Science

Parallel Universes and the Truth Behind Them

The possibility of there being parallel universes out there like our own is quite high if you think about it. At a fundamental level, the idea of …

Cosmology

Earth - Why we do not know what the Big Bang looked like

Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains why we cannot see the Big Bang to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall and Melissa Hogenboom, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million BBC Earth fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p><i>If you</i> …

Cosmology

Year in science: 15 amazing things humans discovered in 2016

While various pundits have claimed we are living in a post-truth world, those slaves to reality – scientists – have been busy discovering facts and …

Gravitational Waves

Revisiting Feynman on physical law

<b>Posted on behalf of Andrea Taroni</b><p>Physics, along with jurisprudence, is principally known for its laws. And physical laws are amazing: they can …

Theoretical Physics