Physics

Nobody in physics dares to say it, but the race to invent new particles is useless | Sabine Hossenfelder

Iimagine you are going to a zoology conference. The first speaker talks about her 3D model of a 12-legged purple spider that lives in the Arctic. There is no evidence that this exists, she admits, but it is a testable hypothesis, and she argues that a mission should be sent to search for spiders in …

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Carlo Rovelli: “Science is not just about writing equations.  It's about reconceptualizing the world'

Carlo Rovelli: “Science is not just about writing equations. It’s about reconceptualizing the world’

Of all the big ideas out there – the long term, degrowth, colonization of space, etc. – is there one as radical as quantum physics? For a century, physicists have known that conventional assumptions about the universe are incorrect – electrons do not circle around the nucleus of an atom, but exist in waves around …

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The mental training of meditators can cause quantum events of mind over matter beyond the capacity of non-meditators

The mental training of meditators can cause quantum events of mind over matter beyond the capacity of non-meditators

Quantum physics confronts the would-be discoverer with one of modern science’s most enduring puzzles, what renowned physicist Richard Feynman has described as “the only mystery”. The name given to it – the double slit experiment – seems much simpler than its riddle. This experience has become more mysterious now with research revealing a strange connection …

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Startling New Features of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Challenge Current Understanding

Startling New Features of Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Challenge Current Understanding

Artist’s conception of the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in China. 1 credit Fast Radio Bursts – A Confusing and Deepening Mystery An international team of scientists reveals an evolving magnetized environment and a surprising source location for fast radio bursts in deep space – observations that challenge current understanding. Fast radio …

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Scientists trace high-energy particles to solar plasma

Scientists may have discovered when and how high-energy particles that bombard Earth and other objects emerge from violent environments such as the sunshine atmosphere. These high-energy particles pose a risk to delicate satellite technology and astronauts, and can even affect planes flying over the North Pole. Although researchers have been studying these particles for decades, …

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Planetary-scale 'heat wave' discovered in Jupiter's atmosphere

Planetary-scale ‘heat wave’ discovered in Jupiter’s atmosphere

Europlanet Media Center A panoramic view of Jupiter’s upper atmospheric temperatures, 1000 kilometers above the cloud tops. Jupiter is shown above a visible image for context. In this snapshot, the auroral region (near the north pole, in yellow/white) appears to have emitted a massive planetary-scale warming wave toward the equator. The feature is over 130,000 …

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Team identifies parent body materials in asteroid Ryugu

Team identifies parent body materials in asteroid Ryugu

A particle from asteroid Ryugu (dubbed C0009) helps identify materials from the space object’s parent body. Credit: A. Yamaguchi/NIPR An international team including a researcher from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has determined that a specific particle on asteroid Ryugu can shed light on the original unaltered materials of its parent body. In December 2014, …

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