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American Physical Society: Physics

  • Synopsis: Persistence of Gravitational-Wave Memory

    Synopsis: Persistence of Gravitational-Wave Memory

    Researchers predict the existence of three new long-lived signatures of gravitational waves, as part of a unified mathematical framework for identifying such effects.  [Physics] Published Thu Apr 25, 2019
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Material Size Offers Check on Constants

    Synopsis: Material Size Offers Check on Constants

    Searching for variations in fundamental constants—which are predicted by some theories of dark matter—might potentially be done by monitoring the sizes of solid crystals.[Physics] Published Wed Apr 24, 2019
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Discontinuous Jumps for Superfluid Helium Growth

    Synopsis: Discontinuous Jumps for Superfluid Helium Growth

    Experiments show that a superfluid helium film forming on a carbon nanotube grows layer by layer, with one layer fully forming before the next one starts.[Physics] Published Tue Apr 23, 2019
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Viewpoint: Yes, Sexual Harassment Still Drives Women Out of Physics

    Viewpoint: Yes, Sexual Harassment Still Drives Women Out of Physics

    Author(s): Julie LibarkinA survey of female undergraduates in physics found that three quarters of them experience some form of sexual harassment, leaving them alienated from the field.[Physics 12, 43] Published Mon Apr 22, 2019
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Focus: <i>Video</i>—Tunable Origami

    Focus: <i>Video</i>—Tunable Origami

    Author(s): David EhrensteinA folding pattern produces a metamaterial with properties that can be tuned over a wide range.[Physics 12, 44] Published Fri Apr 19, 2019
    - 7 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: An Airless Test for 2D Superconductors

    Synopsis: An Airless Test for 2D Superconductors

    Researchers repurpose a scanning tunneling microscope to measure the Meissner effect in 2D films kept under vacuum, allowing for confirmation of superconductivity.[Physics] Published Thu Apr 18, 2019
    - 8 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Feature: Arts &amp; Culture: Turbulence in <i>The Starry Night</i>

    Feature: Arts &amp; Culture: Turbulence in <i>The Starry Night</i>

    Researchers analyzing Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night show that its swirling structures have turbulent properties matching those observed in the molecular clouds that give birth to stars.[Physics 12, 45] Published Thu Apr 18, 2019
    - 8 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Drops Bounce Inside Liquids

    Synopsis: Drops Bounce Inside Liquids

    Oil drops falling through a layered liquid with ethanol at the top and water at the bottom repeatedly jump inside the fluid.[Physics] Published Wed Apr 17, 2019
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  • Synopsis: Noise-Induced Transitions in Earth’s Climate

    Synopsis: Noise-Induced Transitions in Earth’s Climate

    Calculations show that small fluctuations in solar radiation could cause a transition between a warm Earth and an icy Earth.[Physics] Published Tue Apr 16, 2019
    - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • Synopsis: Quantum Optomechanics in a Liquid

    Synopsis: Quantum Optomechanics in a Liquid

    Quantum optomechanical effects have been observed for the first time using a liquid—superfluid helium—confined in an optical cavity.[Physics] Published Mon Apr 15, 2019
    - 11 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 6:00am -

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    • Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics

      Making Sense of Quantum Mechanics

      Philosopher David Albert thinks there might be a “clear and straightforward” way of thinking about quantum phenomena-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 19, 12:00pm -
    • Watch Now: Einstein's Scientific Revolution and the Limits of Quantum Theory

      Watch Now: Einstein's Scientific Revolution and the Limits of Quantum Theory

      Cosmologist Lee Smolin says that at certain key points, the scientific worldview is based on fallacious reasoning-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 9 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 2:00pm -
    • How Long Do Neutrons Live? Physicists Close In on Decades-Old Puzzle

      How Long Do Neutrons Live? Physicists Close In on Decades-Old Puzzle

      Researchers are narrowing down their measurements of how long the subatomic particle survives on its own-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 3:30pm -
    • Squeezed Potassium Atoms Straddle Liquid and Solid

      Squeezed Potassium Atoms Straddle Liquid and Solid

      At extreme pressures, potassium atoms can be both liquid and solid at the same time, a phase of matter known as "chain melt." Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 14 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 7:00pm -
    • Infrared Light Offers a Cooler Way to Defrost

      Infrared Light Offers a Cooler Way to Defrost

      Light tuned to a specific frequency warms ice more than water—which could come in handy for defrosting delicate biological samples. Adam Levy reports.-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 18 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 6:00pm -
    • Space: The Final Illusion

      Space: The Final Illusion

      The intuitive idea that objects influence each other because they're in physical proximity is soon to become another of those beliefs that turn out to be wrong when we look deeper-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 22 days ago, 4 Apr 19, 7:00am -
    • Watch Now: Gravitational Waves as New Windows on the Universe

      Watch Now: Gravitational Waves as New Windows on the Universe

      Astrophysicist Chad Hanna discusses how ripples in spacetime are revolutionizing our understanding of the cosmos-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 23 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 2:00pm -
    • Gravitational-Wave Hunt Restarts--with a Quantum Boost

      Gravitational-Wave Hunt Restarts--with a Quantum Boost

      Detailed data on space-time ripples are set to pour in from LIGO and Virgo’s upgraded detectors-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 23 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 8:00am -
    • Quantum Gravity in the Lab

      Quantum Gravity in the Lab

      Physicists attempting to unify the theories of  gravity and quantum mechanics have long thought practical experiments were out of reach, but new proposals offer a chance to test the quantum nature of...-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…
      - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 19, 8:30am -
    • Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe

      Found: A Quadrillion Ways for String Theory to Make Our Universe

      Stemming from the “F-theory” branch of string theory, each solution replicates key features of the standard model of particle physics-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
      - 29 days ago, 28 Mar 19, 6:45am -
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    • newIt takes a village

      It takes a village

      Building a particle physics laboratory requires more than physicists. On the third floor of the central high-rise building at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, archivist Valerie Higgins’ office is full of odd treasures. There’s a…
      - 22 hours ago, 25 Apr 19, 10:29am -
    • Falsifiability and physics

      Falsifiability and physics

      Can a theory that isn’t completely testable still be useful to physics? What determines if an idea is legitimately scientific or not? This question has been debated by philosophers and historians of science, working scientists, and lawy…
      - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 19, 9:53am -
    • What gravitational waves can say about dark matter

      What gravitational waves can say about dark matter

      Scientists think that, under some circumstances, dark matter could generate powerful enough gravitational waves for equipment like LIGO to detect. In 1916, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity, which established the…
      - 8 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 11:02am -
    • A collision of light

      A collision of light

      One of the latest discoveries from the LHC takes the properties of photons beyond what your electrodynamics teacher will tell you in class. Professor Anne Sickles is currently teaching a laboratory class at the University of Illinois in w…
      - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 10:09am -
    • LHCb results add clues to pentaquark mystery

      LHCb results add clues to pentaquark mystery

      A re-examination of a particle discovered in 2015 has scientists debating its true identity. Syracuse professor Tomasz Skwarnicki has been a physicist for 30 years. He and his  collaborators have measured rare processes and even discover…
      - 15 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 11:31am -
    • Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

      Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

      The image reveals the black hole at the center of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster. The Event Horizon Telescope—a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international col…
      - 16 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 9:00am -
    • All hands on deck

      All hands on deck

      Some theorists have taken to designing their own experiments to broaden the search for dark matter. From a young age, Philip Schuster knew he wanted to go into particle physics. As an undergraduate, he became involved in a number of resea…
      - 17 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 10:06am -
    • DESI lenses see first light

      DESI lenses see first light

      The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument will begin operation later this year. On April 1 the dome of the Mayall Telescope near Tucson, Arizona, opened to the night sky, and starlight poured through the assembly of six large lenses that w…
      - 23 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 8:53am -
    • Considering the whole student

      Considering the whole student

      Meet three scientists connected by the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program. Students come into science from a variety of backgrounds, facing a variety of circumstances.The Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program, a…
      - 24 days ago, 2 Apr 19, 10:02am -
    • Why LHC physics is like ‘Starcraft’

      Why LHC physics is like ‘Starcraft’


      - 29 days ago, 28 Mar 19, 11:43am -

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    • newBlack holes: seeing 'the unseeable' – Science Weekly podcast
      Using a global network of telescopes, scientists have managed to capture an image of a black hole for the first time. Hannah Devlin investigates why it’s more than just a pretty pictureBlack holes have long featured in science fiction movies as dar…
      - 7 hours ago, 26 Apr 19, 1:00am -
    • David Thouless obituary
      Nobel prize-winning physicist who challenged accepted thinking in key areasDavid Thouless, who has died aged 84, won half of the 2016 Nobel prize in physics, the other half being shared by Duncan Haldane and me. David and I solved an interesting theo…
      - 7 days ago, 19 Apr 19, 11:57am -
    • Most ancient type of molecule in universe detected in space
      Helium hydride is thought to have played starring role in early universeThe most ancient type of molecule in our universe has been detected in space, scientists have revealed, backing up theories of how the early chemistry of the universe developed a…
      - 9 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 1:00pm -
    • The first black hole image: what can we really see?
      Last week scientists produced the first image of a black hole, shining a light on one of the universe’s great mysteriesThis week, scientists produced the first real image of a black hole, in a galaxy called Messier 87. The image is not a photograph…
      - 12 days ago, 14 Apr 19, 2:00am -
    • Scientists invent 'transparent wood' in search for eco-friendly building material
      New material could replace plastic or glass in construction of energy-efficient homesIn an era of glass and steel construction, wood may seem old-school. But now researchers say they have given timber a makeover to produce a material that is not only…
      - 23 days ago, 3 Apr 19, 5:00am -
    • Carlo Rovelli: ‘Time travel is just what we do every day…’
      What do you ask the man who knows everything? The theoretical physicist and bestselling author answers questions from famous fans and Observer readersTheoretical physicists and mathematicians are fond of describing their theories and equations as bea…
      - 26 days ago, 31 Mar 19, 4:00am -
    • Send us your questions for Carlo Rovelli
      The Observer New Review offers you the chance to quiz the superstar physicist on time, space or anything in betweenCarlo Rovelli’s first popular science book, Seven Brief Lessons in Physics, has sold over a million copies since it was published in…
      - 52 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 6:07am -
    • Fabiola Gianotti: ‘There is nothing more rewarding than discovering a new particle’
      The director general of Cern talks about discovering the Higgs boson, women in science and the next generation of collidersAn Italian particle physicist, Fabiola Gianotti, 58, has been the director general of Cern since January 2016. Previously she l…
      - 62 days ago, 23 Feb 19, 11:00am -
    • Do we need another massive particle collider? Science Weekly podcast
      With the Large Hadron Collider reaching its upper limits, scientists around the world are drawing up plans for a new generation of super colliders. Ian Sample weighs up whether or not the potential new discoveries a collider may make will justify the…
      - 63 days ago, 22 Feb 19, 1:00am -
    • Cross Section: Paul Davies – Science Weekly podcast
      Nicola Davis talks to the theoretical physicist Paul Davies, who has been trying to find the solution to one of humankind’s trickier questions – what is life?Paul joins Nicola in studio to talk about his new book The Demon in the Machine. In it,…
      - 70 days ago, 15 Feb 19, 1:00am -
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