Fundamental Equation of Quantum Physics Also Describes Rings and Disks in Space

Physicists’ main goal is to be able to predict what will happen in the future based on patterns they’ve already observed, whether in massive systems of stars or tiny groups of atoms. Predicting changes over time usually requires developing new mathematical equations. But a researcher at California Institute of…

What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re a whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so…

Scientists Just Built the Most Precise Clock Ever to Help Understand Our Crazy Universe

How accurate a clock do you really need, honestly? You’ll still probably show up late to parties and dial exactly three minutes late into every scheduled phone call. But scientists creating ultra-precise new atomic clocks don’t really have you in mind. Instead, they’re using wild physics to understand mysteries of the…