Particle accelerators have a lot of important jobs, like looking for new stuff by slamming beams of old stuff together. But a new particle accelerator observation has managed to be important while doing almost precisely the opposite of what we’d expect. Physicists have found evidence for hard-to-detect stuff by, well, …
Physicists make a lot of statements about stuff they hope will happen, but might not happen in their lifetimes. One physicist, for example, thought that in certain cases, the incredibly common but hard-to-detect neutrino particles would somehow make entire atomic nuclei wiggle. He thought it a silly idea to even…
Four British schoolboys had just been called from class. They were ten days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they’d been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe—their work hunting for the magnetic monopole…
Scientists working at CERN have found four new “tetraquark” particles comprised of the same four subatomic building blocks. These exotic particles don’t last very long, and they probably don’t play an important cosmological role, but the discovery reveals the surprising diversity of the tetraquark family.
Maybe it’s because they look like cheese puffs? I don’t know. But seeing this visual simulation of 1.3 million orange cheese puffy-ish particles get thrown into a bowl and the cascading physics that results because of that thought experiment basically stole my eyeballs for much longer than it should have.
Several weeks ago, the internet lit up with the colorful image shown above, accompanied by headlines claiming that physicists had accomplished the extraordinary: We'd finally managed to see light as both a particle and a wave at the same time. (Your friends at Giz reported it too.) But...it's not exactly true.
At school, we all learned from Isaac Newton that no object can change its speed unless an external force acts upon it. For the most part he's right—but now a team of physicists has demonstrated that sub-atomic particles could, in fact, accelerate themselves, without any force applied whatsoever.
Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider have spotted a long sought-after exotic particle that's the strongest evidence yet for a new form of matter called a tetraquark. Here's what the discovery could mean to astrophysics.
A team of scientists have taken inspiration from nature to develop a new material that can be painted onto surfaces and keep them wet or dry, while never needing to be cleaned.
A couple months ago, scientists with IceCube, an Antarctica-based neutrino observatory, discovered two very high-energy neutrinos — named Bert and Ernie — that appeared to have originated from beyond our solar system. This is amazing news, and we talked to the researchers about what it means.
First you're taught that light is wave. Then you get a little older and your teacher explains that it's actually particles called photons. Wait, which is it then? Particles? Waves? Both? Neither? This video should help explain.
Sifting through soil on Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity paused to take a picture - and exposed its own bad behaviour. The shot included a bright object lying in the Martian dirt, and a closer look suggests that the rover is guilty of littering: it appears the object is a piece of plastic wrapper that has fallen from the…
Yes, okay, it's terribly exciting that Einstein's theory of relativity has been put on notice by some perky faster-than-light neutrinos. But science, I've been burned before by your outsized enthusiasms. So here's a great way to hedge my bets.
Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions may be more than on their way to chill with the dodo bird in the land of extinction, but that doesn't mean the DIY sect amongst us can't enjoy its reto goodness anyway.
If proven true, the theoretical physicist John Pendry's hyperbolic statement won't just apply to physicists' breasts, as who isn't excited by the suggestion that empty space is far from empty. In fact, it might be possible to make sparks fly.
Did scientists running the massive Large Hadron Collider finally discover what Einstein eloquently hypothesized was the "mind of God" for the last 30 years of his life? Possibly, yes, if a memo leaked this week turns out to be legitimate.
Researchers at Fermilab, who run the Tevatron particle accelerator, say they've discovered a new particle "anomaly," leading people to think they may have uncovered a new elementary particle or new force of nature. But those working on the project are playing it safe, merely stating that the data is interesting.
Microwaves don't just use magic to heat up food, they use real microwaves too. Here's what those invisible microwaves look like.