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physics

Q&A

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

July 3, 2014

Chao-Lin Kuo, who helped design the experiment that claimed to have found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang, isn’t bothered by criticism that cosmic dust may account for his results.

Boucing droplet
quantum physics

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

June 24, 2014

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.

Physics

In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos

June 13, 2014

When scientists traced a museum rock back to its origins, they uncovered mysteries about the early solar system.

Efimov trimers.
particle physics

Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes

May 27, 2014

Three groups of experimentalists have independently observed a strange state of matter that forms from three particles of any type and at any scale, from practically infinitesimal to infinite.

quantum computing

Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

May 15, 2014

A scientist at Bell Labs has started construction of a topological qubit, which could be the building block of a robust, scalable quantum computer.

Levitating superconductor.
condensed matter physics

Decoding the Secrets of Superconductivity

April 30, 2014

Experimentalists have pinpointed the microscopic structure of waves inside high-temperature superconductors, which could be the key to understanding the complex materials.

The arrow of time.
time

Time’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source

April 16, 2014

A new theory explains the seemingly irreversible arrow of time while yielding insights into entropy, quantum computers, black holes, and the past-future divide.

neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

April 3, 2014

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.

Q&A

A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.

March 26, 2014

A conversation with the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson on quantum electrodynamics, climate change and his latest pet project.