Physics

  1. bubble chamber
    Physics

    50 years ago, Fermilab turned to bubbles

    The National Accelerator Laboratory, now called Fermilab, used to have a bubble chamber to study particles. Today, most bubble chambers have gone flat.

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  2. graphene friction
    Physics

    Scientists seek materials that defy friction at the atomic level

    Scientists investigate superslippery materials and other unusual friction feats.

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  3. Particle Physics

    How a 2017 radioactive plume may be tied to Russia and nixed neutrino research

    A botched attempt at producing radioactive material needed for a neutrino experiment may have released ruthenium-106 to the atmosphere in 2017.

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  4. macros
    Particle Physics

    Dark matter particles won’t kill you. If they could, they would have already

    The fact that no one has been killed by shots of dark matter suggests the mysterious substance is relatively small and light.

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  5. physicist laser beryliium ion
    Physics

    Increased control over ions’ motions may help improve quantum computers

    Scientists precisely manipulated the ion’s oscillations and energy levels, a key step toward building better quantum computers.

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  6. liquid droplets
    Materials Science

    Permanent liquid magnets have now been created in the lab

    Magnets that generate persistent magnetic fields are usually solid. But new little bar magnets have the mechanical properties of liquids.

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  7. supernova
    Cosmology

    Scientists still can’t agree on the universe’s expansion rate

    A mismatch in measurements of how fast the universe is expanding might not be real, a study hints.

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  8. an image of two diamonds
    Materials Science

    Latest claim of turning hydrogen into a metal may be the most solid yet

    If true, the study would complete a decades-long quest to find the elusive material. But such claims have been made prematurely many times before.

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  9. Crab Nebula
    Astronomy

    The highest-energy photons ever seen hail from the Crab Nebula

    An experiment in Tibet spotted photons with over 100 trillion electron volts of energy.

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  10. bulletproof vest
    Materials Science

    50 years ago, bulletproof armor was getting light enough to wear

    In 1969, bulletproof armor used boron carbide fibers. Fifty years later, bulletproof armor is drastically lighter and made from myriad materials.

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  11. Langoustine claws
    Chemistry

    How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

    Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.

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  12. crepes
    Physics

    A computer model explains how to make perfectly smooth crepes

    Here’s how to prepare thin pancakes that are perfectly smooth, according to science.

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