Simulation of lead ion collisions within the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider – one of eight detector experiments.
The Matter of Everything is a partial account of the history of physics, which leaves out a lot, including the story of some key women scientists.
TRAPPIST-1e is a rocky exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star 40 light-years from Earth and may have water and clouds, as depicted in this artist’s impression.
Life on Earth has dramatically changed the chemistry of the planet. Astronomers will measure light that bounces off distant planets to look for similar clues that they host life.
A nanographene molecule imaged by noncontact atomic force microscopy.
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A physicist explains how atoms arrange themselves into molecules – and how scientists are able to image these tiny bits of matter that make up everything around you.
Our curiosity about time travel is thousands of years old.
Theories exploring the possibility of time travel rely on the existence of types of matter and energy that we do not understand yet.
Researchers used a radio telescope in New Mexico to study a particularly interesting fast radio burst.
Astronomers studying fast radio bursts recently discovered one that repeats, has a persistent radio signal and originated in a galaxy much closer than it should have.
Protons and neutrons in an atom’s nucleus can be arranged in different configurations, creating nuclear isomers.
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Nuclear isomers are rare versions of elements with properties that mystified physicists when first discovered. Isomers are now used in medicine and astronomy, and researchers are set to discover thousands more of them.
Monte Carlo simulations can predict different potential outcomes because they provide for the presence of random variables or elements.
This image shows Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.
Sagittarius A* is a massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Now that astronomers have imaged it, they can begin to learn more about black holes within other galaxies across the universe.
Girls report not feeling clever enough to take physics.
Measuring the mass of W bosons took 10 years – and the result was not what physicists expected.
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A decadelong experiment produced the most accurate measurement yet of the mass of W bosons. These particles are responsible for the weak force, and the result is more evidence for undiscovered physics.
Cutting-edge theories of physics suggest time may not be real – but even if they’re right, life can still go on as usual.
Magnetic fusion reactors contain super hot plasma in a donut-shaped container called a tokamak.
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In January 2022, the JET fusion experiment produced more power over a longer period of time than any past attempt. Two physicists explain the engineering advancements that made the result possible.
The laws of physics explain why you can’t stop ink from spreading in water.
Probabilistic processes are never time-reversible.
The story of the groundbreaking history behind your flatscreen TVs, mobiles and tablets – and the ingenious scientist who made it possible.
The New York Knicks’ Obi Toppin goes up for a slam during the NBA dunk contest on Saturday, February 19, 2022, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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A new database could pave the way for a more fair and consistent way to score slam dunks, a self-described ‘dunk scientist’ says.
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The game of curling is centuries old, but exactly what makes the stones curl as they slide over the ice is still a mystery.
According to researcher Marc-Antoine Fardin, under the right circumstances, cats’ bodies can behave like liquids.
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Have you wondered why cats are so nimble and seem to fit perfectly in cups, boxes, and other small places? Or how cats communicate with humans? A physicist and a psychologist explain.
In Beijing’s climate, you could coat a Sydney apartment in a few inches of snow with the same energy the air conditioning would use in an hour.
Ski jumpers use aerodynamics and physics to overcome gravity – at least for a while.
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Ski jumpers do everything they can to counteract the effects of gravity and fly as far as they can down hills.
Snowmaking machines blow cold water, which freezes before it hits the ground.
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Snowmaking machines can produce enough snow to cover a run, but artificial snow is very different from natural flakes that fall from the sky.