Physics

  1. SN 10 illustration
    Science & Society

    This year’s SN 10 enjoy the journey, not just the discovery

    Meet 10 young researchers who combine persistence and passion to make headway on science’s big questions.

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  2. Andrea Young
    Physics

    Andrea Young uncovers the strange physics of 2-D materials

    Physicist Andrea Young has set his sights on the strange ways electrons behave in flat, layered structures.

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  3. Monika Schleier-Smith
    Physics

    Monika Schleier-Smith leads elaborate quantum conversations

    Monika Schleier-Smith forces atoms to interact in ways that could offer insights into quantum computing, precision timekeeping and perhaps black holes.

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  4. Quantum Physics

    Sean Carroll’s new book argues quantum physics leads to many worlds

    ‘Something Deeply Hidden’ offers a defense of The Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics.

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  5. dilution refrigerator used to cool quantum processors
    Quantum Physics

    Rumors hint that Google has accomplished quantum supremacy

    Reports suggest a quantum computer has bested standard computers on one type of calculation, but practical applications are still a distant goal.

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  6. champagne cork
    Physics

    CO2 from champagne bottles can form shock waves like those seen in rocket exhaust

    Popping a bottle of bubbly releases a plume of dry ice that bears a visible type of shock wave called a Mach disk.

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  7. Doctor Who
    Physics

    Can time travel survive a theory of everything?

    It’s not yet clear whether a theory that unites general relativity and quantum mechanics would permit time travel.

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  8. KATRIN experiment
    Physics

    A new experiment slashes the maximum possible mass of tiny neutrinos

    The KATRIN experiment suggests that the tiny subatomic particles have masses a minuscule fraction of an electron’s.

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  9. Julián Alvarado Gómez
    Astronomy

    How an astrophysicist chased a star from the Halo games to real life

    Julián Alvarado Gómez has devoted his career to a star called Iota Horologii. His former life as a Halo video gamer helps fuel that devotion.

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  10. black hole rings
    Physics

    Gravitational waves from a ringing black hole support the no-hair theorem

    A new study of gravitational waves from merging black holes agrees with the predictions of the general theory of relativity.

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  11. Atom illustration
    Physics

    Physicists may be a step closer to solving the mystery of proton size

    Multiple measurements now agree that the proton is smaller than previously thought.

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  12. skyrmions
    Physics

    A new magnetic swirl, or skyrmion, could upgrade data storage

    Magnetic whorls in a new type of material could be easier to control than their predecessors.

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