Can Atoms Ever Touch?

There's a very commonly held view that atoms can never touch: bring them together slowly, and you reach a point where they begin to repel. But in this video, Professor Philip Moriarty explains that really isn't the case. » 8/05/14 6:45am 8/05/14 6:45am

Discuss: The laws that bind atoms and galaxies control your feelings too

Pour yourself a whiskey and think about this before going to sleep tonight: "What you perceive as a conscious perspective is actually a bunch of little particles banging into each other and swerving around based on the same rules that form stars, nebulae, and black holes... » 7/18/14 12:24am 7/18/14 12:24am

Listen to the Sound of Atoms Bonding

You'd be forgiven for thinking that a large tuning fork, a nail, some Blu-Tack and a guitar amp sounded more like the contents of a DIY music studio than a science lab. But they are, in fact, all the ingredients required to listen to the sound of atoms bonding. » 2/07/14 8:40am 2/07/14 8:40am

This Amazing Image Shows How Atoms In Glass Move When You Bend It

When you bend anything, you stretch the bonds between atoms and force the little fellas to move about against their will. This image shows exactly that happening, inside a sheet of glass. » 10/11/13 8:46am 10/11/13 8:46am

These First Photos of Atoms Bonding Were Taken Totally by Accident

What you're looking at above is the exact moment that atoms for a covalent bond. It's the first time this intricate single-molecule transformation has been captured in the act. It's a breakthrough, it's informative, in many ways it's beautiful. And it was taken by sheer dumb luck. » 5/31/13 8:56am 5/31/13 8:56am

This Stop Motion Movie Is Animated Using Individual Atoms

Occasionally, researchers at IBM take a break from exploring the limits of data storage at the molecular level—and instead make stop motion films, animated entirely with individual atoms. This is the result. » 5/01/13 4:31am 5/01/13 4:31am

The World's Tiniest Clock Is Just One Atom

We've gotten pretty good at clocks. The nuclear clocks that exist right now are super accurate, so what more could you ask for? Something simpler. How about a clock that's just one, single atom? That's exactly what researchers just figured out how to make. » 1/13/13 11:00am 1/13/13 11:00am

This Picture Shows Individual Atomic Bonds Inside a Molecule

This isn't the view through your childhood kaleidoscope. Nor is it an alien craft come to beam you up. In fact, it's the world's first atomic force microscopy image of chemical bonds inside an individual molecule. » 9/17/12 5:26am 9/17/12 5:26am

Atom Crash Produces Hottest Man-Made Temperature Ever

An atom-smasher called the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) has just snagged a Guinness World Record for reaching the hottest man-made temperature ever—250,000 times hotter than the center of the sun. » 6/26/12 12:20pm 6/26/12 12:20pm

Brand New Colors, Random Tats, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 4/25/12 8:00pm 4/25/12 8:00pm

Fascinating First-Ever Images of an Electron In Orbit

It was only two years ago that IBM showed us an image of a complete molecule, atomic bonds and all, but today's news does that one infinitesimally-sized breakthrough better. Ladies and gents, behold the first image of an electron's path. » 8/28/11 5:00pm 8/28/11 5:00pm

Fermilab's Claim of New Subatomic Particle Discredited by Rival Team

Fermilab believed they hit the motherlode this past April after findings from the Tevatron particle accelerator suggested a new subatomic particle was out there. A second, independent group has analyzed that same data and claim there is no new particle. » 6/13/11 7:00pm 6/13/11 7:00pm

Most Accurate Clock in Existence to be Sent to Space

Anyone visiting the International Space Station from 2014 won't have any excuses for poor timekeeping, with the cold-atom clock being sent up there as part of the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES) project. » 7/28/10 11:40am 7/28/10 11:40am

What Comes After the Large Hadron Collider?

What kind of particle smasher will succeed the Large Hadron Collider? It might seem premature to be asking that already, but it was one of the questions discussed at the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Paris, France. » 7/27/10 6:12am 7/27/10 6:12am

Researchers Witness and Image Atomic Spin for the First Time

Theoretically speaking, we could exponentially increase computing power by manipulating the way in which electrons in individual atoms spin. Researchers in Germany have seen atomic spin for the very first time, and captured a few tiny images to prove it. » 4/27/10 6:20pm 4/27/10 6:20pm

Large Hadron Collider for Dummies

Feeling clueless about this Large Hadron Collider thing? Don't panic—NY Times has you covered. Their LHC primer boils down the basics of the giant particle smasher in layman's terms, saving you from a weekend spent deciphering jargon. [NY Times] » 4/03/10 6:20pm 4/03/10 6:20pm

Live Webcast of Large Hadron Collider Particle Collisions Happening Now

Tune your tellybox over to this channel now, to view the moment we all get swept into a black hole. Or at the very least, the moment your manager's ears start steaming with smoke over your laziness. [CERN] » 3/30/10 4:56am 3/30/10 4:56am

The Void Between Protons and Electrons Makes Us All Phantoms

Are you real? You may seem real and solid, but you are mostly made of empty space. To demonstrate it, someone enlarged an electron to the size of one pixel, proportionally showing its distance from a equally scaled proton. » 3/12/10 2:00pm 3/12/10 2:00pm

Won't You Be My World's Smallest Spontaneous Atomic Valentine?

There was love in the air at the atomic level over at the University of Birmingham's Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory this week, where Palladium atoms placed on a carbon base spontaneously formed into an eight nanometer heart. [Physorg] » 2/14/10 1:00pm 2/14/10 1:00pm

This Quantum Clock Is 100,000 Times More Accurate Than the Atomic Clock

As Make puts it, the atomic clock is old and busted. The quantum-logic clock from National Institute of Standards and Technology, keeping time 100,000 times more accurately than its predecessor, is definitely the new hotness. » 2/06/10 1:15pm 2/06/10 1:15pm