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The Tesla experiment

On May 31, about 50 miles from the Canadian border, an electric car struggled up steep hills, driving along at 40 miles per hour. The sun was coming up and rain was coming down. Things were looking bleak. The car, which usually plotted the route to the nearest charging station, refused to give directions. “It

Looking for strings inside inflation

Theorists from the Institute for Advanced Study have proposed a way forward in the quest to test string theory. Two theorists recently proposed a way to find evidence for an idea famous for being untestable: string theory. It involves...Show More Summary

D-Wave Open Thread

A bunch of people have asked me to comment on D-Wave’s release of its 1000-qubit processor, and a paper by a group including Cathy McGeoch saying that the machine is 1 or 2 orders of faster (in annealing time, not wall-clock time) than simulated annealing running on a single-core classical computer.  It’s even been suggested […]

How creative computers will dream up things we’d never imagine

Eureka moments could soon be dialled up on demand as leaps of imagination are replaced by the steady steps of invention software

Scientists accelerate antimatter

Accelerating positrons with plasma is a step toward smaller, cheaper particle colliders. A study led by researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles, has demonstrated a new, efficient way to accelerate positrons, the antimatter opposites of electrons. Show More Summary

Submerge a wine glass in water to make ‘inverted harp of glass’

The physics of musical wine glasses gets an update with a glass inside water, instead of water inside a glass

All about supernovae

Exploding stars have an immense capacity to destroy—and create. Somewhere in the cosmos, a star is reaching the end of its life. Maybe it’s a massive star, collapsing under its own gravity. Or maybe it’s a dense cinder of a star, greedily...Show More Summary

The Real “Two Cultures” Divide in Academia

A couple of articles came across my feeds in the last day or two that highlight the truly important cultural divide in academia. Not the gap between sciences and “humanities,” but the much greater divide between faculty and administration. This morning, we have an Inside Higher Ed essay from Kellie Bean on the experience of…

Stephen Hawking says he has a way to escape from a black hole

Researchers have long struggled to resolve what happens to information when it falls inside a black hole, but the famous physicist says he has a solution


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A Singularly Unfeminine Profession

Phenomenologist Mary K. Gaillard has recently published an autobiographical memoir, with the title A Singularly Unfeminine Profession, and last week’s Nature has a detailed review. Gaillard is a very distinguished HEP phenomenologist, with a career that began in the 1960s, … Continue reading ?

Red and Round…

Some more good results from the garden, after I thought that the whole crop was again going to be prematurely doomed, like last year. I tried to photograph the other thing about this year's gardening narrative that I intend to tell you about, but with poor results, but I'll say more shortly. Show More Summary

Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies and the Multiverse

This past week the large biennial “Lepton-Photon” (International Symposium on Lepton Photon Interactions at High Energies) conference has been taking place in Ljubljana. These have been going on since 1965, now alternating years with the ICHEP (“Rochester”) conference. It’s been … Continue reading ?

Quantum computer firm D-Wave claims massive performance boost

The world only quantum computer maker says its upgraded chip is 15 times faster than ordinary computers, but experts doubt the comparison is a fair test

Q&A: Marcelle Soares-Santos

Scientist Marcelle Soares-Santos talks about Brazil, neutron stars and a love of discovery. Marcelle Soares-Santos has been exploring the cosmos since she was an undergraduate at the Federal University of Espirito Santo in southeast Brazil. Show More Summary

Metamaterial wormhole teleports magnetic fields across space

Better MRI scanners could result from a trick in which a magnetic field springs up from nowhere, using materials famous for their link to invisibility cloaks

Strangely familiar: Is dark matter normal stuff in disguise?

Dreaming up new particles to explain the universe's missing mass has got us nowhere. Great clumps of quarks stuck together in weird ways could do the trick

Possible new particle hints that universe may not be left-handed

The possible discovery of a boson at the Large Hadron Collider suggests a restoration of symmetry between two simple things: left and right

6-photon BosonSampling

The news is more-or-less what the title says! In Science, a group led by Jeremy O’Brien at Bristol has now reported BosonSampling with 6 photons, beating the previous record of 4 photons achieved a few years ago by the Walmsley group at Oxford (as well as the 3-photon experiments done by groups around the world).  Humorously, […]

Trois mots pour résumer une conférence

Impressionnant, excitant et plein de nouvelles perspectives. Cela résume mon impression alors que se termine aujourd’hui la conférence de physique des particules de la Société européenne de physique (EPS) à Vienne. Nous avons été exposés à une quantité impressionnante de nouvelles données. Non seulement les expériences du Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) du CERN ont

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