Examining microscopic quantum objects is exceedingly tricky, because their properties are connected to each other. But there could be a new method to measure them as accurately as possible.
3D visualisation of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.
To understand this question, we need to travel back in time.
The House of Wisdom was populated by a number of multitalented thinkers – at a time marked by fervent collaboration and intellectual prosperity in the Arabic-speaking world.
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Black holes could take us to the future, and maybe even the past. The hard part would be surviving the trip.
Rainbows are made when water droplets split light up into colours.
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The fleeting nature of prices is prompting bold new research in econophysics and finance.
The target chamber at the National Ignition Facility has been the site of a number of breakthroughs in fusion physics.
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The promise of abundant, clean energy powered by nuclear fusion is one big step closer thanks to a new experiment. The results are a historic scientific milestone, but energy production remains a ways off.
Aerosol plumes from commercial toilets can rise 5 feet above the bowl.
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Toilets eject aerosol droplets that may carry disease-causing pathogens. Learning about how these particles move could help reduce exposure in public restrooms.
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There may be ways to check if our universe is just simulated entertainment for an advanced, alien species.
The majority of nations voted to scrap leap seconds – the little jumps added to UTC time to keep it aligned with Earth’s rotation. What can we expect moving forward?
Every World Cup, Adidas introduces a new ball, and this year’s is called the Al Rihla.
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Adidas releases a new ball for every World Cup. At the highest level of play, a ball that behaves in unexpected ways can throw players off. A sports physicist explains the science of this year’s ball.
Fireflies’ synchronized light shows have fascinated observers for ages.
Synchrony is ubiquitous throughout the universe. But physicists’ equations predicted there could also be erratic exceptions marching to their own beat. Now they’ve been spotted in firefly swarms.
A new particle accelerator at Michigan State University is set to discover thousands of never-before-seen isotopes.
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
A new particle accelerator has just begun operation. It is the most powerful accelerator of its kind on Earth and will allow physicists to study some of the rarest matter in the universe.
Marcel Proust on a French postage stamp.
From electricity to X-rays, the Doppler Effect and even quantum theory, Proust’s writing is littered with physics references.
Radiation really is everywhere – and it’s not at all as spooky or dangerous as we often think.
Devices like this experimental apparatus can produce pairs of photons that are linked, or ‘entangled’.
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Quantum entanglement is the stuff of sci-fi, advanced physics research and, increasingly, technology used by governments, banks and the military.
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Quantum mechanics raised tough philosophical questions about the nature of the world – and a physicist named John Bell figured out how experiments could answer them.
When two particles are entangled, the state of one is tied to the state of the other.
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A multitude of experiments have shown the mysterious phenomena of quantum mechanics to be how the universe functions. The scientists behind these experiments won the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics.
Participants at a Paris-Saclay workshop on educational innovation work on ideas for teaching in a forest.
To think about new ways of transmitting science and to really innovate how we teach, the first step is creating an appropriate dialogue format. From there, everything becomes possible.
Strangely behaving matter could one day explain some of the mysteries of space.