Physics

  1. EHT black hole image
    Physics

    A year after the first black hole image, the EHT has been stymied by the coronavirus

    With this year’s observing run canceled due to the coronavirus, the Event Horizon Telescope team is analyzing data from 2017 and 2018.

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  2. Physics

    Collisions reveal new evidence of ‘anyon’ quasiparticles’ existence

    Scientists report evidence that a class of particle called an anyon appears in two-dimensional materials.

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  3. planet burning up near star illustration
    Space

    Red giant stars that eat planets might shine less brightly

    Some stars may shine less brightly after ingesting a planet. That finding, if confirmed, could have implications for calculating cosmic distances.

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  4. illustration of orbiting black holes
    Quantum Physics

    Quantum mechanics means some black hole orbits are impossible to predict

    Computer simulations reveal that foreseeing the paths of three orbiting objects sometimes requires precision better than the quantum limit.

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  5. High-temperature superconductor
    Physics

    A mysterious superconductor’s wave could reveal the physics behind the materials

    Scientists finally spotted a pair-density wave in a high-temperature superconductor.

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  6. quasar illustration
    Space

    Quasar winds with record energy levels were seen fleeing a distant galaxy

    The Hubble Space Telescope has seen the most energetic quasar winds yet, showing these active black holes can blow star-forming gas out of galaxies.

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  7. Albert Einstein
    Physics

    Einstein’s letters illuminate a mind grappling with quantum mechanics

    The latest volume of Einstein’s papers covers the infancy of quantum mechanics and new challenges to the theory of relativity.

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  8. Milky Way dark matter glow illustration
    Space

    A controversial X-ray glow didn’t show up in the Milky Way’s dark matter halo

    A new look at old data suggests that an odd X-ray glow that emanates from some galaxies cannot come from decaying dark matter.

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  9. Particle Physics

    Particles called axions could reveal how matter conquered the universe

    Axions, if they exist, may solve not one, not two, but three pressing puzzles of particle physics.

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  10. Environment

    Legos may take hundreds of years to break down in the ocean

    Sturdy types of plastic may persist in seawater for much long than scientists previously thought.

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  11. M87 black hole simulation
    Physics

    New telescopes could help spot ‘photon ring’ of the first black hole ever imaged

    Expanding the Event Horizon Telescope by adding telescopes in space could help capture the rings around galaxy M87’s supermassive black hole.

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  12. slime mold
    Physics

    How slime mold helped scientists map out the cosmic web

    Tapping a similarity between a slime mold’s lacy web and the vast threads of matter that connect galaxies, astronomers visualized the cosmic web.

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