The setup of lasers and mirrors effectively “solved” a problem far too complicated for even the largest traditional computer system
Materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez talks about her latest book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another.
Do we live in a higher being’s computer? Advanced research may tell us
Lasers slow molecules for a glimpse of the quantum world—and a strange heating is uncovered
Travel time differences for sound waves produced by undersea earthquakes in the same place at different times can provide details about ocean warming.
A new satellite image reveals the damage that shut down the facility, ending an era in astronomical observation
Radioactive elements produced by colliding neutron stars could make the difference between living and lifeless worlds
Horseflies misjudge landings on zebra patterns, compared with solid gray or black surfaces, which provides evidence for why evolution came up with the black-and-white pattern.
A Nobel Prize is just the latest proof that a concept rejected by Einstein in 1939 has become one of the hottest topics in physics
Physicists insist that information never vanishes, not even in black holes, but this “law” reflects wishful thinking
The surprise detection of a radio burst from a neutron star in our galaxy might reveal the origin of a bigger cosmological phenomenon
Astrophysicists now have enough black-hole mergers to map their frequency over the cosmos’s history
Physicists describe a way to merge quantum theory with Einstein’s special theory of relativity—and even a method to test it experimentally
Life’s up and downs may seem as inevitable as gravity, but somehow 2020 feels worse than usual. Just as a thought experiment, what if this year actually did get so weird that it even ushered in a change in how gravity affects our material universe?...
Researchers observed a sugary treat underwater to understand the origin of spiky rock forests
A compound of hydrogen, carbon and sulfur has broken a symbolic barrier—but its high-pressure conditions make it difficult to analyze
Miners can find new deposits with less effort
Gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else’s computer may come down to advanced AI research—or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology
Remembering the maverick physicist who pioneered an “anthropic” approach to cosmology
Researchers have spent decades searching for the elusive particles. A final generation of detectors should leave them no place to hide