Physics

  1. braided rope
    Physics

    Physicists have ‘braided’ strange quasiparticles called anyons

    All known particles fall into two classes. Physicists just found new evidence of a third class in 2-D materials.

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  2. tetraquark illustration
    Particle Physics

    This is the first known particle with four of the same kind of quark

    A weird four-quark particle could be a unique testing ground for the strong force that governs how quarks stick together.

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  3. farmers market in Davis, California
    Health & Medicine

    Why scientists say wearing masks shouldn’t be controversial

    New data suggest that cloth masks work to reduce coronavirus cases, though less well than medical masks.

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  4. Black hole light collision illustration
    Space

    Colliding black holes may have created a surprising flare of light

    A flare-up after a gravitational wave outburst may be the first sighting of light from colliding black holes.

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  5. inside the Borexino detector
    Particle Physics

    Physicists spot a new class of neutrinos from the sun

    Researchers with the Borexino experiment in Italy have detected neutrinos produced in the secondary fusion process taking place in the sun’s core.

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  6. Quantum computing illustration
    Quantum Physics

    To live up to the hype, quantum computers must repair their error problems

    Before quantum computers can reach their potential, scientists will need to master quantum error correction.

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  7. XENON1T experiment
    Particle Physics

    An unexpected result from a dark matter experiment may signal new particles

    An excess of events spotted in the XENON1T experiment could be signs of solar axions or weird, new properties of neutrinos, but not dark matter itself.

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  8. MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury
    Particle Physics

    Measuring the neutron’s lifetime from space could solve an enduring mystery

    Measurements on Earth show that lone neutrons decay after about 15 minutes, and now scientists have measured that lifetime from space.

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  9. International Space Station
    Quantum Physics

    This weird quantum state of matter was made in orbit for the first time

    Bose-Einstein condensates made on the International Space Station could reach temperatures lower than any known in the universe.

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  10. Fermi bubble illustration
    Space

    The Milky Way’s giant gas bubbles were seen in visible light for the first time

    Variation in the light’s wavelengths could help scientists map the velocity of the gas that makes up the towering structures known as Fermi bubbles.

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  11. illustration of a small, banded device in partial light and shadows
    Physics

    A new device can produce electricity using shadows

    Even under low light, this new technology exploits the contrast between light and shade to produce a current that can power small electronics.

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  12. Supernova with fast outflow of material
    Space

    A weird cosmic flare called the ‘Cow’ now has company

    Scientists have now found three similar luminous, short-lived bursts of light, part of a class known as fast blue optical transients.

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