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27 February 2017

Emily Conover

  • Shimmering soap bubbles have a dark side

    by - Jan 12, 2017
    View the video Zoom in on a soap bubble just before it bursts and brilliant, complex patterns emerge. Shimmery rainbows appear in thicker portions of the soap film, while clusters of dark spots appear in the...
  • Dark matter still missing

    by - Jan 10, 2017
    Chalk up one more loss for physicists searching for dark matter. Scientists with the XENON100 experiment have largely ruled out another experiment’s controversial claim of detecting dark matter. XENON100, located in Italy’s Gran Sasso National Laboratory,...
  • Baby starfish whip up whirlpools to snag a meal

    by - Dec 23, 2016
    A baby starfish scoops up snacks by spinning miniature whirlpools. These vortices catch tasty algae and draw them close so the larva can slurp them up, scientists from Stanford University report December 19 in Nature Physics....
  • Cosmic test confirms quantum weirdness

    by - Dec 5, 2016
    The spookiness of quantum mechanics has gone cosmic. Physicists have used starlight to perform a “Bell test” to verify the strange nature of quantum mechanics. For decades, such tests have repeatedly confirmed quantum physics’s quirks, but...
  • Blue leaves help begonias harvest energy in low light

    by - Nov 28, 2016
    Iridescent blue leaves on some begonias aren’t just for show — they help the plants harvest energy in low light. The begonias’ chloroplasts, which use photosynthesis to convert light into fuel, have a repeating structure that...
  • 50 years ago, nuclear blasting for gas boomed. Today it’s a bust.

    by - Nov 25, 2016
    Atom blast for gas A pair of simultaneous nuclear explosions, one more than 1.6 miles underground and the other 1,000 feet above it, have been proposed as a way to extract huge quantities of natural gas...
  • Whirlpools might have stirred up baby universe’s soup

    by - Nov 18, 2016
    Complex swirls and vortices can appear in the souplike phase of matter that existed just moments after the Big Bang. Computer simulations show that this substance, called the quark-gluon plasma, can contain “the hottest smoke ring...
  • New analysis boosts case for smaller proton

    by - Nov 14, 2016
    A spat over the size of the proton just got a bit more complicated. Measurements of the proton’s radius disagree, with one group of scientists saying it’s smaller than the accepted estimate. Now, a new analysis...
  • ‘Void’ dives into physics of nothingness

    by - Nov 13, 2016
    VoidJames Owen WeatherallYale Univ., $26 In empty space, quantum particles flit in and out of existence, electromagnetic fields permeate the vacuum, and space itself trembles with gravitational waves. What may seem like nothingness paradoxically teems with...
  • ‘Time crystal’ created in lab

    by - Oct 26, 2016
    It may sound like science fiction, but it’s not: Scientists have created the first time crystal, using a chain of ions. Just as a standard crystal repeats in a regular spatial pattern, a time crystal repeats...

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