Physics

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. pulsar orbiting neutron star
    Space

    Einstein’s general relativity reveals new features of a pulsar

    Measurements that rely on the physicist’s theory of gravity are letting astronomers view a pulsar in ‘a whole new way.’

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  7. theoretical superconductor
    Physics

    A predicted superconductor might work at a record-breaking 200° Celsius

    A material made of hydrogen, lithium and magnesium and squeezed to high pressures may be a superconductor even at especially high temperatures.

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  8. carbon nanotubes
    Tech

    A chip made with carbon nanotubes, not silicon, marks a computing milestone

    Silicon’s reign in cutting-edge electronics may soon over. The carbon nanotube could be its successor.

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  9. chair with flame resistant tag
    Chemistry

    Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

    Flame retardants created from plant materials could be less harmful to the environment than traditional flame-smothering chemicals.

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  10. qutrit
    Physics

    Quantum physicists have teleported ‘qutrits’ for the first time

    The technique could be useful for creating a future quantum internet.

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  11. neutron star
    Space

    LIGO and Virgo probably spotted the first black hole swallowing up a neutron star

    In a first, astronomers may just have detected gravitational waves from a black hole merging with a neutron star.

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  12. carbon ring
    Chemistry

    Chemists have created and imaged a new form of carbon

    A new molecule takes its place among buckyballs, carbon nanotubes and other odd forms of carbon.

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