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.
Researchers use muon detectors to find a hidden 30-meter-long space, which could help reveal how the 4,500-year-old monument was built
Lasers bounced off satellites replicate classic “delayed choice” experiment
Downloads of the physicist’s 1966 doctoral thesis overwhelm University of Cambridge servers
D-Wave system shows quantum computers can learn to detect particle signatures in mountains of data, but doesn’t outpace conventional methods — yet
Mosquitos stealthily float off us after filling up, by virtue of fast wingbeats that generate almost instant lift with only an imperceptible additional push from the legs.
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An Alka-Rocket is a rocket powered by effervescent tablets — and some impressive physics and chemistry
Exhaust fumes from oceangoing vessels lead to an almost doubling of lightning activity over shipping lanes compared to adjacent areas of the sea.
Spacetime ripples from a stellar cataclysm in a distant galaxy help explain the cosmic origins of gold, and chart the course for a new age of “multi-messenger” astronomy
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Physicist Erik Verlinde will discuss his and others’ groundbreaking gravitational theories during a live webcast tonight at 7 P.M. Eastern time
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.
Fully opening this new window on the universe will take decades—even centuries
The Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves".
Three physicists who lead the LIGO experiment, which made the first detection of gravitational waves, will share this year's award
Submerged electric eels lose current to water, so they apparently leap into the air to minimize their contact with water and maximize their shock value.
Astronomers have a new model for the origin of these impossibly primitive cosmic monsters
Physicist Gil Lonzarich has sparked a revolution in the study of phase transitions driven by quantum fluctuations