Photograph of the first Solvay Conference in 1911 at the Hotel Metropole. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is standing third from the right.
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Superconductivity may sound like science fiction, but the first experiments to achieve it were conducted over a century ago. Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, credited with the discovery, won a Nobel Prize in 1913.
The science that wins the Nobel Prize in Physics each year can be hard to get your head around – but it often has real everyday implications.
Insertion of the ALPHA-g apparatus.
It seems there isn’t a sci-fi part if the universe in which everything is made of antimatter.
Without a point of reference, it can be hard to tell just how fast an airplane is traveling.
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An aerospace engineer explains why it’s so hard to tell just how fast an airplane is really moving.
UC Davis students learn the fundamentals of both engineering and brewing coffee.
In an engineering course at UC Davis, students learn all the nuances that go into brewing ‘a truly excellent cup of coffee.’
As new and powerful telescopes gather new data about the universe, they reveal the limits of older theories.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity suggests that our universe originated in a Big Bang. But black holes, and their gravitational forces, challenge the limits of Einstein’s work.
Many students attend high schools that don’t offer physics.
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A former physics teacher says America could lose its technological edge if it doesn’t do a better job of teaching quantum information science – starting in high school.
A potential new supermaterial isn’t so super after all, but the dream of a room-temperature superconductor is still very much alive.
Graphic novels can help make math and physics more accessible for students, parents or teachers in training.
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Graphic novels pair text and images to explain complex topics – from thermodynamics to abstract math – without alienating STEM-averse students.
Black holes are known for pulling in all kinds of stuff – including light. Here’s how that actually works.
Muon g2 experiment.
New measurement of wobbling muons back up previous findings – potentially challenging the Standard Model of Particle Physics.
The inside of the LZ outer detector. The LZ is a super sensitive machine that may one day detect a dark matter particle.
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To detect dark matter, you need to build an ultra-sensitive detector and put it somewhere ultra-quiet. For one physics collaboration, that place is almost a mile under Lead, S.D.
J. Robert Oppenheimer would go on to be called ‘father of the bomb.’
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Complex as they are, Oppenheimer’s life and views of the bomb are far easier to wrestle with than the reality of nuclear power itself.
Room-temperature superconductors could transform technology – but the latest, much-hyped claims should be approached with caution.
New measurements from Japan’s Subaru telescope have helped researchers study the matter-antimatter asymmetry problem.
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The way particles interacted while the universe was forming seconds after the Big Bang could explain why the universe exists the way it does – a physicist explains matter-antimatter asymmetry.
Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in ‘Oppenheimer.’
Spying was a concern from the dawn of the nuclear age, but charges that J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the development of the first nuclear weapons, was a Soviet spy have been proved wrong.
The idea that the Coriolis force influences how water drains frequently appears in popular culture and urban legends.
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This physical effect does explain how some massive natural phenomena like hurricanes behave. But on the scale of water in your sink – not so much.
Researchers can use mirrorlike beam splitters to put phonons, or quantum sound particles, into a state of superposition.
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Scientists show they can create quantum superpositions of sound particles, pointing to the potential for mechanical quantum computers.
The planet Halla looks like it should have been devoured by its host star, a red giant called Baekdu – but a secret in the star’s past may hold the answer to the planet’s present.
You don’t need to watch where you step when it comes to bacteria.
You can squash small bugs by stepping on them, but can you crush even tinier microorganisms like viruses and bacteria? It turns out that you’d need to apply a lot of pressure.