Physics

Game of Thrones: Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Solve One of Season 7’s Hottest Mysteries?

Does the zombie dragon breathe ice or fire?<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s <i>official</i> job may be as the world’s most recognizable astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of the series <i>Star Talk</i>. But in recent years he’s made another name for himself among pop culture junkies as …

Game of Thrones

6 Practical Examples Of How Quantum Computing Will Change Our World

There’s a reason Google, Microsoft, IBM and governments around the world continue to make significant investments in quantum computing—they are counting on it to change the world by solving problems that are intractable for today’s classical computers.<p>Quantum computers will disrupt every industry. …

Quantum Mechanics

2 Monster Black Holes Spotted at Galaxy's Heart

These two supermassive black holes are separated by less than 1 light-year and together harbor about 40 million times the mass of the sun, …

Astrophysics

Researchers identify distant source of ultra-high energy cosmic rays

Researchers have found that some ultra-high energy cosmic rays that occasionally hit Earth come from a distant source outside the Milky Way. Cosmic …

Universe

UK invests £65M in Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment in US

There were a lot of happy neutrino physicists around the UK and the US on Wednesday, as the long-standing partnership between the two countries in particle physics was bolstered by a new agreement<p>DUNE is one of the better particle physics acronyms. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment involves …

Particle Physics

Quantum "Flashes" Could Be What Finally Links Relativity And Quantum Theory

Spooky.<p>Since the mid-twentieth century, two theories of physics have offered powerful yet incompatible models of the physical universe.<p>General …

Science

I created a '2-hour rule' based Einstein's habits

• <b>Some of the most famous intellectuals and scientists spent time doing nothing but thinking.</b>• <b><br>The author decided to implement a two-hour rule: just thinking with no distractions for two hours a week.</b>• <b><br>It's helped solve problems and generate new ideas and solutions.</b><p>Albert Einstein was 16 years old when …

Albert Einstein

The sun’s strongest flare in 11 years might help explain a solar paradox

A series of rapid-fire solar flares is providing the first chance to test a new theory of why the sun releases its biggest outbursts when its activity is ramping down. Migrating bands of magnetism that meet at the sun’s equator may cause the biggest flares, even as the sun is going to sleep.<p>A …

Solar Cycle

Could we be living in a misfit galaxy?

When you think of the Milky Way, you probably think of home, but what makes a galaxy home doesn’t necessarily make it typical.<p>Galaxies have …

Universe

Strange But True: Cargo Ships Are Triggering More Lightning Storms at Sea

This is crazy.<p>There's an increase in lightning storms at sea, and the culprit is the exhaust produced by diesel-powered cargo ships, a new study has …

Weather

Sometimes, Genes That Are Supposed To Be There, Arent. Meet "Dark DNA".

<b>News: The Curiosity Podcast is here! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud and RSS.</b><p>You may have heard of "dark matter" — the …

Biology

Experimenting with Cold, Magnetic Materials in Pune

Condensed matter physicist Archana Lakhani is the only woman scientist at CSR Indore – and this has been the case for the last ten years.<p><b>The Wire is</b> …

Engineering

Scientists Resolve Mysterious Violation to Einstein's Relativity

Even if you don’t know much physics, you probably know one of its core tenets: an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in …

Theory of Relativity

What Is a Quantum Number?

Quantum Number Definition<p>A quantum number is a value that is used when describing the energy levels available to atoms and molecules. An electron in …

Quantum Mechanics

Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design

If you drop an aluminum spoon in a sink full of water, the spoon will sink to the bottom. That's because aluminum, in its conventional form, is …

Engineering

New technique spots warning signs of extreme events

The researchers instead developed a general framework, in the form of a computer algorithm, that combines both equations and available data to …

What Quantum Really Means in Science

In physics and chemistry, a <b>quantum</b> is a discrete packet of energy or matter. The term quantum also means the minimum value of a physical property …

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum computers, build it and they will come, possibly

In the classic high-school physics experiment, a beam of light projected on to a screen, passing through two parallel slits, forms an interference …

Quantum Mechanics

Startup: LPPFusion Embraces Instability

<b>Since nuclear fusion’s earliest</b> days, the sun has served as the ultimate prototype. It’s the closest continuously functioning large-scale fusion …

Fermilab is looking for new, practical uses for particle accelerators

Accelerator Access<p>Particle accelerators have proven to be invaluable to the attempts of science to answer some of the most complex questions offered …

Particle Accelerators

Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts May Be Occurring Every Second

And we still don't know what they are.<p>Fast radio bursts are quite the ongoing space mystery. We don't know what they are, and only a couple of dozen …

Science

The math of doughnuts: 'Moonshine' sheds light on elliptic curves

Mathematicians have opened a new chapter in the theory of moonshine, one which begins to harness the power of the pariahs - sporadic simple groups …

Mathematics

Arecibo Observatory Closed by Hurricane Maria

The condition of the world’s second-largest radio telescope remains unclear after being battered by the storm

Universe

Research in Focus: Transforming Machine Learning and Optimization Through Quantum Computing

Overview<p>Quantum computing is in its infancy, but Microsoft’s Krysta Svore and Nathan Wiebe talk about quantum techniques as applied to AI challenges. …

Machine Learning

Quantum data takes a ride on sound waves

Yale scientists have created a simple-to-produce device that uses sound waves to store quantum information and convert it from one form to another, …

Quantum Mechanics

Newton: How Rajkummar Rao's film is a subtle nod to the scientist's infallible theories

In an exclusive interview to <i>Firstpost,</i> Rajkummar Rao had said that his latest film, Amit V Masurkar's black comedy <i>Newton</i> is redolent of "<i>apne desh ki</i> …

India

Low-Field-Triggered Large Magnetostriction in Iron-Palladium Strain Glass Alloys

Author(s): Shuai Ren, Dezhen Xue, Yuanchao Ji, Xiaolian Liu, Sen Yang, and Xiaobing RenFePd alloys exhibit a large magnetostriction at low fields, …

Frozen

Pattern analyses suggests it's possible to predict minimum quake size at its outset

<b>More information:</b> M.-A. Meier et al, The hidden simplicity of subduction megathrust earthquakes, <i>Science</i> (2017). DOI: …

Earthquakes

Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties

Pure diamond consists of carbon atoms in a perfect crystal lattice. But remove a few carbons and swap some others for nitrogen, and you get a diamond …

Quantum Mechanics

Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics

A research group consisting of scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University, Germany and Venezuela proved the existence of chemical bonds between …

Engineering