The most primary questions that remain in our understanding of the Universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and the missing 95% of matter in the Universe, could have a related explanation, scientists at Oxford have suggested; a fluid containing ‘negative mass’
Four new gravitational wave detections made by the National Science Foundation’s LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and the European-based VIRGO gravitational-wave detector have pinpointed the location of colliding black holes. But will it quell critics of the project’s methods?
Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider b (LHCb) collaboration have discovered two never-before-observed particles conforming to the ‘quark-model’ of physics in high-energy collisions. Excitingly, the team have also uncovered enticing hints at a third more exotic particle.
The long-awaited next breakthrough in computing is expected to come from so-called quantum computers, which will use quantum phenomena to lead to faster processing and radically improved data storage. Now, a physics graduate at Havard University has assembled a remarkable and unique system which may lead to the breakthrough quantum-computing has been waiting for.
UK scientists have made the first observation of gas falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light offering support to the theory that misaligned gas discs around black holes can cause material to fall directly into the space-time event liberating huge amounts of energy.
The double-slit experiment may be the most extraordinary and replicated experiments in physics, bringing the fact the matter has both particle and wave properties to the attention of science. Now a team of European researchers have performed the experiment with antimatter for the first time.
August 11th saw the launch of NASA’s Parker solar probe. A probe with a unique mission; to beam back a record of the plasma that comprises the Sun’s corona and the magnetic fields which shape it. The probe will fly closer to the Sun than any probe has before, facing brutal heat and radiation, even flying through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere. The research team behind the mission hope that this data will help solve several mysteries surrounding the Sun, such as what heats this plasma to 200 times temperature of the sun’s surface?
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked an impressive first on Wednesday 25th July when it accelerated an atom for the first time. The acceleration of the lead ion is hoped to be the first step towards reliable production and study of gamma rays and may eventually lead to the production of never before observed massive particles.