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Quantum physicists conclude necessary makeup of elusive tetraquarks

<b>Quark Quirks Called Tetraquarks</b><p>Everything in the universe is made up of atoms — except, of course, atoms themselves. They’re made up of <i>subatomic</i> …

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Two Teams Have Simultaneously Unearthed Evidence of an Exotic New Particle

A few months ago, physicists observed an new subatomic particle—essentially an awkwardly-named, crazy cousin of the proton. Its mere existence has …

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Conspiracy theories, human rat starter brains, the catastrophic extinction of passenger pigeons and more - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

Belief in conspiracy theories based in ‘illusory pattern perception.’<p>Scientists are no longer experimenting with organoids in test tubes, but they're …

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How to watch our Question Show live online - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

We are hosting a live Quirks' Question show on <b>Wednesday, November 22</b> at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, where we'll answer YOUR …

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Study Claims Quark Fusion May Be the Energy Source of the Future

In a new paper, scientists have envisioned a new power source straight out of <i>Star Trek</i>. While <b>nuclear fusion</b> reactors, which produce energy in the …

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Find out why scientists no longer fear a discovery that dwarfs the power of an H-bomb

<b>The discovery</b><p>Two scientists, including Dr. Marek Karliner, a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, discover that …

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DIY DNA hacks, wounds take longer to heal at night, why daydreams are good, Quirks bombs and more - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

'This is the first time in history that we no longer are slaves to our genetics.'<p>Daytime wounds heal twice as fast as at night, scientists …

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No, Melting Quarks Will Never Work As An Energy Source

When it comes to the ultimate dream of clean, efficient, and prolific energy sources, it’s hard to do better than the secrets held within the interior of an atom. While conventional energy sources rely on chemical-based energy and the atomic/molecular transitions of electrons, nuclear energy is far …

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New Subatomic Discovery Was So Startling That Physicists Nearly Kept Results Of Study Secret

A new study concerning a subatomic discovery has just been published in the journal <i>Nature</i> which scientists very nearly kept secret and hid from the …

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This fusion reaction is so powerful that physicists nearly buried the results when they discovered it

Reaction has potential to release eight times as much energy as the individual fusion reactions in an H-bomb.<p>When two physicists discovered a new …

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Discovered: A (Theoretical) Fusion Technique 8 Times Stronger Than One In H-Bomb - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | November 3, 2017 2:11 pm<p>CERN, which houses the Large Hadron Collider. <i>(Credit: Dominionart/Shutterstock)</i><p>When hydrogen atoms …

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Physicists Discovered Such an Explosive Type of Fusion They Almost Hid The Results

"Luckily, it is a one-trick pony."<p>A pair of physicists discovered a new kind of fusion that occurs between quarks – and they were so concerned with …

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New Discovery Suggests Quarks Can Undergo Explosive Fusion Reactions

Our Sun is powered by a fundamental phenomenon whereby atoms combine to unleash tremendous amounts of energy. But atoms might not be the only things …

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Newborn swab warning, Bats have dialects, Iceberg music and more - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

Why swabbing microbes from the birth canal could help babies born by C-section<p>Icebergs make sounds we can't hear. Two artists changed that and the …

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Squishy or Solid? A Neutron Star’s Insides Open to Debate

The core of a neutron star is such an extreme environment that physicists can’t agree on what happens inside. But a new space-based experiment — and …

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Quirks Oct. 28 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

North Korea has experienced three earthquakes since the September 3rd nuclear test.<p>Fungus treated plants can turn hydrocarbons in oilsands' tailings …

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October 21, 2017 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

A new self-teaching artificial intelligence is now the world's best Go player - and invents new ways to play.<p>A study in New Hampshire reveals that …

Visuals: Quark Flux Tubes

© David Kaplan.<p>Quarks are bound together by the strong interaction. Bound quarks are constantly exchanging virtual gluons, which we can think of as …

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Why Is The Universe Three-Dimensional? Cosmic Inflation Caused By Knots, Maybe

Even though Edwin Abbott Abbott wrote the novella “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions” way back in 1884, lampooning not just the Victorian …

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October 14, 2017 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

A scientist from Boston University has found he can enhance or reduce a person's capacity to learn.<p>Divorce can be transmitted across generations …

Researchers make progress toward solving the proton spin puzzle

Scientists in a research group led by Constantia Alexandrou, professor of physics at the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Institute, made a …

Physics

ATLAS experiment studies fragments of the top quark

Top quarks in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) proton-proton collisions are predominantly produced in pairs, with one top quark and one top antiquark. …

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October 7, 2017 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

Since the '90s the U.S. Congress has barred funding for gun violence research, leaving a public health knowledge gap.<p>Pot and other substances disturb …

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Sept. 23, 2017 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

Some blind people have learned to produce sonar clicks to 'see' the world<p>New research shoots down a widely popularised social psychology …

Ask Ethan: If Matter Is Made Of Point Particles, Why Does Everything Have A Size? (Synopsis)

“There’s something about sitting alone in the dark that reminds you how big the world really is, and how far apart we all are. The stars look like …

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Ask Ethan: If Matter Is Made Of Point Particles, Why Does Everything Have A Size?

The big idea of atomic theory is that, at some smallest, fundamental level, the matter that makes up everything can be divided no further. Those ultimate building blocks would be literally ἄ-τομος, or un-cuttable. As we’ve gone down to progressively smaller scales, we’ve found that molecules are …

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Viewpoint: A Doubly Charming Particle

September 11, 2017• <i>Physics</i> 10, 100<p>High-precision experiments at CERN find a new baryon containing two charm quarks.<p>APS/Alan Stonebraker<p>×<p>The …

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August 26th, 2017 - Home | Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald

A study from Durham University says that people who experience auditory hallucination could be better at hearing voices hidden in noise.<p>A long term …

Newly discovered particles, and what's in them

Quarks, basically. But more charming than usual<p>Last month the LHCb experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), reported the discovery of a new particle. While this received a reasonable amount of attention, it didn’t really cause as much excitement as, say, last year’s unconfirmed hints of a …

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