Physics

5 Geek Gifts for Space Lovers Obsessed With Black Holes

Everyone loves black holes. Everyone also loves presents. These gifts are the perfect addition to any space lover's collection. From our partners at MyScienceShop.

A new spin on atoms gives scientists a closer look at quantum weirdness

A team of researchers has developed a new way to control and measure atoms that are so close together no optical lens can distinguish them.

New model that describes the organization of organisms could lead to a better understanding of biological processes

At first glance, a pack of wolves has little to do with a vinaigrette. However, a team led by Ramin Golestanian, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, has developed a model that establishes a link between the movement of predators and prey and the segregation of vinegar and oil. They expanded a theoretical framework that until now was only valid for inanimate matter. In addition to predators and prey, other living systems such as enzymes or self-organizing cells can now be described.

A world record in detecting extremely low levels of gas impurities

Photoacoustic spectroscopy applied to background-free analyses was used to measure unprecedentedly small trace gas concentrations. Researchers developed detection methods that make it possible to measure extremely small traces of various gases.

Ultrapure copper for an ultrasensitive dark matter detector

In February and March, three batches of copper plates arrived at Fermilab and were rushed into storage 100 meters underground. The copper had been mined in Finland, rolled into plates in Germany and shipped across land and sea to the lab—all within 120 days. In the quest to detect dark matter, the mysterious substance making up 85% of the matter in the universe, every day that the copper spent above ground mattered.

Using game-theory to look for extraterrestrial intelligence

Astronomer Eamonn Kerins with the University of Manchester has developed an approach to looking for intelligent extraterrestrial beings on other planets that involves using game theory. He has written a paper describing his ideas and has uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server.

Scientists repurpose MRI magnet for new discoveries

A limiting factor in modern physics experiments is the precision at which scientists can measure important values, such as the magnetic field within a detector. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and their collaborators have developed a unique facility to calibrate field measurement devices and test their limits inside powerful magnetic fields.

11 Female Astronauts Who Pioneered Spaceflight

With a variety of backgrounds and talents, these women have helped push the boundaries of spaceflight.

"Nerd TV" is a Trend. These Are the People Responsible for It.

Fact-based dramas are bringing more realistic science to the small screen, at a time when we definitely need it.

Breakthrough quantum-dot transistors create a flexible alternative to conventional electronics

Researchers have created fundamental electronic building blocks out of tiny structures known as quantum dots and used them to assemble functional logic circuits.

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