The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 10:00am 3/23/15 10:00am

Scientists Use World's Largest Laser To Recreate Jupiter's Core

It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter—or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what's going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That's why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate » 7/18/14 11:21am 7/18/14 11:21am

Bizarre Soviet-Era Theory About New State of Matter Is Actually Right

Here's your dose of mind-bending physics for the day. In 1970, a young Soviet physicist named Vitaly Efimov proposed a trio of ultracold particles could arrange themselves in an "infinite nesting-doll configuration." Scientists have now published compelling evidence that this state of matter, once dismissed by… » 5/27/14 6:40pm 5/27/14 6:40pm

Super Mario World is the key to parallel universes

This has to be the best example of the Many Worlds hypothesis by Hugh Everett, a theory that postulates that an infinite number of parallel universes exist thanks to quantum mechanics, with infinite versions of you doing infinite number of actions with infinite number of outcomes. Just like Mario here: » 2/26/14 12:49am 2/26/14 12:49am

Scientists Figured Out a Way to Cheat Newton's Third Law

Ever since the late 17th century, it's been understood that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That's Newton's Third Law of Motion. But a group of German scientists recently came up with a trick that appears to break that law, one that lets light accelerate all by itself. And it could bring us… » 10/15/13 7:00pm 10/15/13 7:00pm

Quantum Cryptography Could Make Your Phone Uncrackable Someday

As the world of cybersecurity becomes increasingly volatile, more advanced solutions to problems like encryption couldn't come soon enough. This is why everybody's excited about a team of British physicists' testing a method that would put quantum cryptology in everybody's pocket. » 8/28/13 11:32am 8/28/13 11:32am

Will We Ever Be Able to Predict Everything?

As super computers get more and more super, you'd think that eventually we'd be able to calculate the position and interactions of every atom in the universe and be able to accurately predict the future. In fact, this was once a widely held belief in science, until quantum mechanics arrived and put an end to that… » 11/05/12 8:23am 11/05/12 8:23am

How Quantum Mechanics Was Born From the Need For a Better Lightbulb

Some of mankind's most remarkable scientific discoveries came to light as a result of research that had nothing to do with the breakthrough itself. And such was the case with quantum mechanics. Back in the early 1890s the German Bureau of Standards asked Max Planck to design a lightbulb that produced the maximum… » 10/15/12 8:28am 10/15/12 8:28am

New Proton Size Breaks Laws of Physics

A new measurement of the proton particle shows that it is 0.00000000000003 millimetres smaller than previously thought. It may seem irrelevant, but physicists are freaking out. I hope this doesn't mean we are going to cease to exist anytime soon. » 7/08/10 1:40pm 7/08/10 1:40pm

Quantum Teleportation Achieved Across 10 Miles

In our collective imagination, teleportation has always seemed like the logical step after flying cars. But scientists' recent success in teleporting information between photons ten miles apart makes it seem like we might just leapfrog those flying jalopies altogether. » 5/20/10 7:00pm 5/20/10 7:00pm

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

Quantum Mechanics Object Observed by the Human Eye

Remember when, just the other day, we were talking about the future of storage, and how quantum mechanics is on the pipe dream, it's totally magic list for now? Yeah. Me too. Thing is, shit just got real: Updated. » 3/21/10 4:30pm 3/21/10 4:30pm

Giz Explains: Why Quantum Computing Is the Future (But a Distant One)

Over 400 million transistors are packed on dual-core chips manufactured using Intel's 45nm process. That'll double soon, per Moore's Law. And it'll still be like computing with pebbles compared to quantum computing. » 8/19/09 2:00pm 8/19/09 2:00pm

D-Wave Quantum Computer to Span Multiple Universes Next Tuesday?

Propellerheads at D-Wave are saying they've developed the world's first quantum computer, and the wild thing is they say they're going to show it actually working next Tuesday. Hey, wait a minute. This first foray into the strange-but-maybe-true world of quantum mechanics wasn't expected by scientists until 20 years… » 2/09/07 8:17am 2/09/07 8:17am

Beam Me Up, Scotty: Scientists Transport a Hunk of Matter 18 Inches

Scientists in Copenhagen took one more step toward the Star Trek transporter, figuring out how to teleport groups of billions of atoms from one place to another using light, quantum mechanics, magnetism and a concept they call "entanglement." Professor Eugene Polzik and his team managed to move an object about 18… » 10/05/06 10:59am 10/05/06 10:59am