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Physics Week in Review: May 9, 2015

It’s back, baby! The Large Hadron Collider sees its first low-energy collisions after restarting. A government laboratory found a way to listen to recordings on fragile wax cylinders inside dolls made by Thomas Edison in 1890.

May 9, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 2, 2015

This week, Quanta featured a three-part series on spacetime. Part 1 is by K.C. Cole: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox. A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature.

May 2, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: April 25, 2015

Here’s a treat for fans of movies and the brain: an article called Strange Continuity. Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage.

April 25, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: April 18, 2015

Physics Week in Review: April 18, 2015

In honor of Tax Day in the US, here is a piece on the IRS’s Favorite Mathematical Law: Armed with Benford’s law, “the IRS can sniff out falsified returns just by looking at the first digit of numbers on taxpayers' forms.” So, beware.

April 18, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Putting a New Spin on Space Elevators

Fans of sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke know and love his 1979 classic novel, The Fountains of Paradise. The plot centers on efforts of a visionary structural engineer in the 22nd century, Dr Vannevar Morgan, to construct a space elevator connecting the surface of the earth with a satellite in geostationary orbit, almost a kind [...]

April 15, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Neutron Stars Serve Up Plates of Nuclear Pasta

Along with black holes, neutron stars are the result of stars collapsing under gravity once their fuel burns out, until their density is about the same as that of the nucleus of an atom, at which point the protons and electrons “melt” into pure neutrons.

April 14, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

New Dark Matter Map Confirms Current Theories

The American Physical Society is holding its annual April Meeting at the moment in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the highlights, research-wise, comes to us courtesy of the Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration.

April 13, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: April 11, 2015

Physics Week in Review: April 11, 2015

The Large Hadron Collider's Second Run broke its own energy record for accelerating particles when it started up again this week. Here’s an inside look at how the atom smasher has been amped up.  Related: The LHC made simple: here's what it's doing in five simple steps.

April 11, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: April 4, 2015

Physics Week in Review: April 4, 2015

First up: a spot of science-y April Foolery: Physicists Warming Up the LHC Accidentally Create a Rainbow Universe. Related:  CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force (the photos alone are hilarious).  Also: Smithsonian displays Wonder Woman's invisible jet for April Fools' Day.

April 4, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 28, 2015

Physics Week in Review: March 28, 2015

The much-ballyhooed Large Hadron Collider restart hit a snag this week, thanks to an electrical short discovered over the weekend, apparently caused by a metal particle.

March 28, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

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