Physics

  1. 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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  2. Illustration of a hard edge
    Physics

    A newfound superconducting current travels only along a material’s edge

    In a first, scientists spot electricity flowing without resistance on the rim of a topological superconductor.

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  3. chemical bonds within a molecule
    Physics

    Scientists ‘strummed’ a molecule’s chemical bonds like guitar strings

    Scientists dragged an atomic force microscope tip, with a single carbon monoxide molecule dangling from it, across a chemical bond.

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  4. illustration of unequal-sized black holes
    Physics

    Gravitational waves have revealed the first unevenly sized black hole pair

    For the first time, LIGO and Virgo scientists spotted gravitational waves produced when one big black hole merged with a smaller one.

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  5. Star orbit around black hole
    Physics

    A star orbiting the Milky Way’s giant black hole confirms Einstein was right

    An oddity previously seen in Mercury’s orbit has been spotted in a star circling the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center.

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  6. Researchers from QuTech work
    Quantum Physics

    New quantum computers can operate at higher temperatures

    Silicon chips operate at higher temperatures than many others, raising hopes for building quantum integrated circuits.

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  7. computer visualization of a hypergraph
    Physics

    Stephen Wolfram’s hypergraph project aims for a fundamental theory of physics

    Simple rules generating complicated networks may be how to build the universe.

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  8. Element character illustration
    Physics

    Here’s how the periodic table gets new elements

    Today’s scientists keep adding to the periodic table. But an element has to earn its spot.

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  9. steak
    Math

    To cook a perfect steak, use math

    As a steak cooks in an oven, movement of liquid within the meat causes it to become extra juicy in the center in a way that can be predicted by mathematics.

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  10. Steel production
    Science & Society

    How materials science has changed humankind — for better and worse

    As people began wielding new materials, the technologies fundamentally changed humankind, the new book ‘The Alchemy of Us’ argues.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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