Flashes bright when squeezed tight: how single-celled organisms light up the oceans

Research explains how a unicellular marine organism generates light as a response to mechanical stimulation, lighting up breaking waves at night.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
today ~5 min

Tags: physics light

Quantum fluctuations can jiggle objects on the human scale

Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science

Could we extract energy from a black hole? Our experiment verifies old theory

Twisted sound beams suggest an advanced civilisation may be able to harness immense amounts of power from a black hole.

Marion Cromb, PhD Candidate in Physics, University of Glasgow • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics black-hole light science-fiction doppler-effect

‘Special sauce’ gets AI to cope with chaos

"This is a first step toward physics-savvy neural networks that could help us solve hard problems."

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: machine-learning physics artificial-intelligence science-and-technology

What is the slowest thing on Earth?

Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katie McCormick, Postdoctoral Scholar of Physics, University of Washington • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics quantum-mechanics laser light photons molecules curious-kids curious-kids-us temperature cold atoms absolute-zero warmblood sloths

Electron ‘teleportation’ could push quantum computing forward

Quantum teleportation is an key way to transmit info in quantum computing. In a new step forward, researchers say it may be possible between electrons.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
June 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics electrons quantum-physics science-and-technology qubits

Dark matter hunt yields unexplained signal

The Xenon 1T experiment may have found signs of a previously undetected dark matter particle.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
June 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space particle-physics the-universe dark-energy

Astronomers detect regular rhythm of radio waves, with origins unknown

Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy research black-holes school-of-science kavli-institute astronomy-and-planetary-science

Impurities explain gap in theory of how solids melt

A new study helps to reconcile a Nobel Prize-winning theory with experiments on how solids melt.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics materials-science featured science-and-technology

Capturing stardust

Danielle Frostig, a physics graduate student, is developing an instrument to study how the heaviest elements in the universe are produced.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space graduate profile research students school-of-science kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science postdoctoral

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