Weapons-grade fuel in a nuclear reactor emits a steady rate of telltale antineutrinos that could be detected by a newly designed portable device
A series of odd findings have theorists hoping for new particles
An earthshaking science activity
A new experiment to measure the behavior of muons in magnetic fields could reveal unknown particles
A bouncing project from Science Buddies
New techniques reveal how supermassive black holes shred entire stars
Short films about exploding stars and subatomic particles top the list of prizewinners from the annual Quantum Shorts contest
Researchers have trotted out data that show a combination of whipping and stomping forces is what causes laces to unravel without warning. Karen Hopkin reports.
A better understanding of this pedestrian problem could lead to improved surgeons’ knots and fibers
A light-scattering science project
Physicists try to rebuild the laws of heat and energy for processes at a quantum scale
The billion-solar-mass object is the largest runaway black hole ever seen
The ALMA radio observatory has seen young spiral galaxies in unprecedented detail from 12 billion light-years away
A spinning science activity
Researchers measured the intensity of the universe's ultraviolet background radiation, and say it may be strong enough to strip small galaxies of star-forming gas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Hidden, impermanent balances in nature have shaped the history of physics, and could determine our universe’s future
Researchers used ancient climate cycles to confirm the solar system’s chaotic planetary orbits. An Earth–Mars collision is one distant outcome. Julia Rosen reports.
Two U.S. detectors will soon be joined by an instrument in Italy that could help solve the mystery of where gravitational waves originate
A new study finds the mysterious substance was at most a minor constituent of large galaxies in the early universe
Bizarre forms of matter called time crystals were supposed to be physically impossible. Now they’re not