particles

auroras

Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why the Northern and Southern Lights Don't Match

A leading explanation for the different patterns seen in Earth’s northern and southern auroras has been ruled out.
Becky Ferreira
1.29.19
particles

Physicists Imagine a Supercomputer Based on ‘Magic Dust’

If it scales, the polariton-based computer could leave everything else in the ... dust.
Michael Byrne
9.28.17
particles

US Collider Appears to Produce Just a Drip of Theorized Low-Energy Quark Soup

Astrophysicists at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider come closer to understanding the milliseconds following the Big Bang.
Michael Byrne
9.25.17
quantum computing

New Analysis Suggests That Commercial Quantum Computers Are Kinda Slow

D-Wave's quantum annealers face a fundamental limitation when it comes to scaling: temperature.
Michael Byrne
9.18.17
string theory

Ultra-Cold Gases Offer Window Into Extra Dimensions, According to New Theory

A nice but fatally flawed idea.
Michael Byrne
8.4.17
particles

The Cat Is Dead: Enjoy These Three Music Videos About Theoretical Physics

Backreaction's Sabine Hossenfelder​ offers a synthwave tour of the hard questions.
Michael Byrne
6.19.17
particles

Doped Diamonds Push Practical Quantum Computing Closer to Reality

Good old silicon saves the day.
Michael Byrne
5.27.17
quantum physics

New Measurement Technique Puts Elusive Virtual Particles in Relief

It turns out that measuring nothing is pretty hard.
Michael Byrne
5.21.17
astrophysics

With a Recycled LHC Magnet, the Axion Solar Telescope Hunts for Ghost Photons

CERN's axion hunt drills down toward New Physics
Michael Byrne
5.1.17
studies

Laser Squeezing Pushes Tiny Metal Plate to New Temperature Low

NIST physicists beat a fundamental quantum limit.
Michael Byrne
1.22.17
Dark Energy

How Breaking One of the Most Basic Physical Laws Might Explain Dark Energy

Fudging the law of conservation of energy offers a new perspective on dark energy.
Michael Byrne
1.22.17
physics

Physicists Mold Giant Photons Into Custom Shapes

The ability to manipulate photon shapes allows for the tweaking of light-matter interactions.
Michael Byrne
12.4.16
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