Physics

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Black hole ripping star apart illustration
    Physics

    A star shredded by a black hole may have spit out an extremely energetic neutrino

    A star’s fatal encounter with a black hole might have produced a neutrino with oomph.

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  9. lithium atoms confined in lasers
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists exploit a quantum rule to create a new kind of crystal

    Cold atoms can form crystals as a result of the Pauli exclusion principle.

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  10. woman running barefoot across pit of ooblek
    Physics

    Physicists have found a way to foil a classic oobleck science trick

    Cornstarch and water solidifies under impact, but a new technique can make it remain a liquid.

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  11. Space

    The closest black hole to Earth may have been spotted 1,000 light-years away

    What appears to be the closest black hole to the solar system shares orbits with two massive stars, a new study finds.

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  12. a superconductor being squeezed between two diamonds
    Physics

    50 years ago, superconductors started feeling the pressure

    Today, high-pressure superconductors are a hot topic. 50 years ago, scientists were just starting to explore the possibilities.

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