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A search for low-frequency “hums” from supermassive black holes comes up empty
Scientists are "cautiously saying" the light may be associated with the black hole merger detected via gravitational waves
Black holes aren't the cosmic vacuum cleaners they are rumored to be, but could you still fall into one? What would happen to you? The answer to that question depends on whom you ask (thanks to quantum gravity)
Four published papers offer diverse explanations for a possible new particle
Rockfalls without an obvious cause (like an earthquake or expanding ice) may be due to hot daily air temperatures expanding small cracks in cliff faces.
Nobel physics laureate Arthur McDonald will discuss the surprising characteristics of neutrinos, which can change their identities as they fly through the universe
A new measurement of how fast space is expanding disagrees with estimates based on the early universe, potentially pointing toward a break from the standard model of physics
High-profile physicists and philosophers gathered to debate whether we are real or virtual—and what it means either way
The discovery of an object 17 billion times the sun's mass may mean many more such monsters are out there
A synchrotron is a high powered x-ray generator, running 24 hours day and night to provide high-frequency light beams for scientific research. In order not to waste any time or money the researchers make full use of every second they are allotted. Nature Video spends a day and a night at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility to reveal the science that never sleeps.This article was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 29, 2016. It is a Nature Video production.
Multiple teams finally have the material they need to repeat an enigmatic experiment
We could use laser light to mask our transits across the sun and thus hide Earth from any intelligent aliens looking for planets to invade
A flash of light shortly after the detection of gravitational waves could mean that that historic event has an added wrinkle—the black holes that collided may have been born in the same collapsing massive star.
The super-Earth 55 Cancri e may have a magma ocean or windblown clouds of vaporized rock
An ear-resistible science project from Science Buddies
A momentous signal from space has confirmed decades of theorizing on black holes—and launched a new era of gravitational wave astronomy
The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator failed to confirm the Tevatron accelerator’s discovery of a new arrangement of quarks
Researchers trying to divine the bizarre nature of quantum particle behavior are getting some help from software that designs counterintuitive experiments
Transgender people are the most affected, according to survey by the American Physical Society