Physics

Development of fusion energy

Physicists are working to develop a unique tokamak fusion device called 'SPARC.'

Why Is January 1 the Beginning of a New Year?

You can thank Julius Caesar, Pope Gregory XIII and 2,000 years of calendar controversy for our New Year's date and calendar system. Some cultures only recently adopted it.

The Ethics of "Human Brain Surrogates"

The ethical questions raised by emerging neuro-technologies

Top 20 Citizen Science Projects of 2020

Citizen science has seen significant growth during the pandemic. In 2020, these were the top projects on SciStarter.org.

Computer Model Predicts When and Where Extraterrestrial Life Is Most Likely to Emerge in Our Galaxy (Spoiler: It's Not Here)

Earth sits outside the region of the Milky Way where life is most likely to have arisen, say astronomers.

Researchers publish review article on the physics of interacting particles

Scientific articles in the field of physics are mostly very short and deal with a very restricted topic. A remarkable exception to this is an article published recently by physicists from the Universities of Münster and Düsseldorf. The article is 127 pages long, cites a total of 1075 sources and deals with a wide range of branches of physics—from biophysics to quantum mechanics.

Order and disorder in crystalline ice explained

A fascinating substance with unique properties, ice has intrigued humans since time immemorial. Unlike most other materials, ice at very low temperature is not as ordered as it could be.

Detective work in theoretical physics

Physicists have published a review article on the so-called dynamical density functional theory (DDFT). This is a method for describing systems consisting of a large number of interacting particles such as are found in liquids, for example.

Here’s the Top 10 Science Stories You Missed This Year (While You Were Distracted by COVID-19)

It may have felt like scientists were all-hands-on-deck battling the pandemic. But plenty of researchers learned amazing things this year that had nothing to do with COVID-19.

Searching for invisible axion dark matter with a new multiple-cell cavity haloscope

Over the past few decades, many experimental physicists have been probing the existence of particles called axions, which would result from a specific mechanism that they think could explain the contradiction between theories and experiments describing a fundamental symmetry. This symmetry is associated with a matter-antimatter imbalance in the Universe, reflected in interactions between different particles.

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