The most powerful supercomputer simulation of the Universe is providing important insights into how matter is distributed across large scales. Surprisingly, a significant portion of matter resides outside of galaxies and in the cosmic voids that permeate the cosmos.
With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from…
You might think that matter and antimatter aren't the best of friends, cancelling each other out when they come into contact—but you'd be wrong. In fact, researchers have now discovered a particle that's made up of both.
Back in 1934, a team of physicists came up with an idea for how one might create matter from light. Put simply, just slam two photons into each other to get an electron and a positron, a.k.a. matter. And now, some 80 years later, a team of physicists have a plan to carry out the experiment in real life.
There aren't enough humans on Earth to fill the Grand Canyon, and in a lifetime you don't produce enough saliva to even fill a swimming pool. That suggests that most things around us are countable or measurable: so how many things are there?
Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles—and now they've found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.
The latest science news out of Harvard and MIT sounds like a joke, but it's not. A team of physicists were fooling around with photons when they managed to get the particles to clump together to form a molecule, one that's unlike any other matter. And it behaves, they say, just like a lightsaber.
Myth: There are only three states of matter.
Usually, if you cool any substance down enough it will turn into a solid—the most stable state of matter that exists, according to traditional physics. But that could all be about to change, because researchers have discovered a weird new liquid state that's more stable than a solid crystal.
Scientists working on the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) near Geneva, Switzerland did something no other scientists have done. They stored atoms of antihydrogen for 1000 seconds (~16 minutes) which is 10,000 times longer than they've ever done before. By trapping and observing antimatter for that long,…
When matter touches antimatter, bad things happen. Getting the two to play well together, or at least store antimatter in a way that keeps it separate from matter, could yield an amazing energy source. Substantial work began this week to do just that.
Discovery Channel compiled a mind-frakking list of 10 things you didn't know about antimatter—the stuff that, when mixed with matter, powers the warp engines of Star Trek. And this excerpt made my brain dizzy: