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The object grew to more than 800 million times the mass of the sun when the cosmos was only 5 percent its present age
Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Image joins 13 other winners in lucrative Breakthrough Prizes
This year’s Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the team behind NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP, a space telescope that launched in 2001 to map the cosmic microwave background—the earliest, oldest light we can detect from the universe’s infancy. The WMAP team will split the $3 million award, with its leaders receiving the largest shares. One of those leaders, WMAP’s chief theorist David Spergel, sat down to speak with Scientific American about WMAP’s science and its legacy.
The finding that fission releases huge amounts of energy launched a scientific and military race to understand and use this new atomic source of power
The trick lies in capturing the weak gravitational shifts in the ground
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Club of physics funding agencies pushes for projects including a neutrino observatory in the Mediterranean Sea
Dark matter, rather than pulsars, may be behind an excess of antimatter bombarding our planet
The Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment has seen hints of new particles that may point the way toward a higher theory of physics
Beam generator puts country in elite company for doing experiments in materials science and other fields
Large Hadron Collider’s failure to detect new particles beyond the Higgs has eroded the case for Japan’s proposed linear accelerator
Caleb Scharf, director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center talks about his latest book, The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Almost Nothing, and the OSIRIS-REx space mission.
Particle physicist Pauline Gagnon will discuss the importance of fundamental research to society during a live Webcast tonight at 7 P.M. Eastern time
Physicists begin to embrace alternative explanations for the missing material
SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors.
Tiny particles called bottom quarks could fuse together in a shockingly powerful reaction
Scientists used muons, a by-product of cosmic rays, to image the interior of the Great Pyramid—and found a previously unknown space inside. Christopher Intagliata reports.