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experimental physics

Ultra-Accurate Clocks Lead Search for New Laws of Physics

April 16, 2018

Atomic clocks are letting physicists tighten the lasso around elusive phenomena such as dark matter.

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dark matter

Trouble Detected in Infamous Dark Matter Signal

April 12, 2018

Independent scientists have cast serious doubt on a claimed detection of dark matter.

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Abstractions blog

Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time

April 2, 2018

A recent experiment shows how quantum mechanics can make heat flow from a cold body to a hot one, an apparent (though not real) violation of the second law of thermodynamics.

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quantum gravity

Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

March 6, 2018

A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.

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nuclear physics

Neutron Lifetime Puzzle Deepens, but No Dark Matter Seen

February 13, 2018

Two methods of measuring the neutron’s longevity give different answers, creating uncertainty in cosmological models. But no one has a clue what the problem is.

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Abstractions blog

Neutrinos Suggest Solution to Mystery of Universe’s Existence

December 12, 2017

Updated results from a Japanese neutrino experiment continue to reveal an inconsistency in the way that matter and antimatter behave.

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particle physics

How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector

September 26, 2017

The universe has not cooperated with physicists’ hopes. In desperation, many are looking for new ways to search for surprises at the Large Hadron Collider.

Janet Conrad
Thinking Places

Janet Conrad, Seeker of Neutrinos and Other Curiosities

August 21, 2017

The physicist and curios collector hopes to reveal the hidden structure lurking in the subatomic world.

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quantum physics

Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness

February 7, 2017

Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”