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Material that can grow when stretched is inspired by Islamic art

Geometric patterns based on ancient Islamic designs allow metamaterials to move in ways that could be useful for medical devices and satellite technology

Dusting for the fingerprint of inflation with BICEP3

A new experiment at the South Pole picks up where BICEP2 left off. When researchers with the BICEP2 experiment announced they had seen the first strong evidence for cosmic inflation, it was front-page news around the world. Inflation...Show More Summary

Explosive golf video game has the best physics simulation ever

Playing Dangerous Golf is stupid fun, but its physics simulation is 'terrifically complex', modelling the behaviour of thousands of objects at once

A new pair of lenses for the Mayall

Scientists hope the quarter-ton hunks of glass will help them see dark energy’s effects. The delicate process of lens crafting takes time and care. For your typical prescription eyeglasses, expect two weeks for proper sizing and glare-resistant coating. Show More Summary

Graphene origami produced by world’s thinnest folds

Folding up a single sheet of graphene according to the principles of the Japanese art of origami could result in tiny devices like nano-robots and flexible circuits

Fermat’s last theorem mathematician Andrew Wiles wins Abel prize

Andrew Wiles has won one of the top prizes in maths for solving a problem that dogged number theory for three-and-a-half centuries

Mathematicians shocked to find pattern in “random” prime numbers

Unexpected trends in the last digits of prime numbers mean they are less random than previously thought, much to the surprise of mathematicians

The Ultimate Simplicity of Everything

There’s a wonderful interview with Perimeter Institute director Neil Turok here, entitled The Ultimate Simplicity of Everything, and done for a Canadian radio program. Turok discusses his point of view on whether we’re at “the end of physics”, and I’m … Continue reading ?

Mathematicians play whack-a-mole in the endless infinity hunt

Logic tells us infinity must exist, and you can’t even define a circle without it. But if we can’t reach it, how do we know it exists – and what is it anyway?

192/366: Springing

One of the surest signs of the imminent arrival of spring is the appearance of these little purple flowers in our back yard in large bunches. I have no idea what they are, but they’re kind of photogenic, so… Having spent much too long on the Internet, I can just about convince myself that this…

When Life Hands You…

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

When life hands you tomatoes, red onions, a little bit of garlic, ginger, some cardamom pods, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of paprika... make chutney! (It's about as easy as lemonade, actually.) Oddly, a carmello tomato...Show More Summary

Physics Week in Review: March 12, 2016

This week's physics highlights: measuring a black hole's spin, the trouble with Star Trek's transporters, and physicists successfully created the first "Majorana" particles for topological quantum computing. Me at Gizmodo: Physicists Create 'Pseudo-Particles' for Error-Free Quantum Computing. "We may be...

191/366: M-O-O-N

Really not a lot to say about this one. Pretty nice crescent moon last night, still had the telephoto lens on the camera, so: this shot.

750 GeV: the bigger picture

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : Resonaances

Next Wednesday the ATLAS and CMS experiments will present updated analyses of the 750 GeV diphoton excess. CMS will extend their data set by the diphoton events collected in the periods when the detector was running without the magnetic field (which is not essential for this particular study), so the amount of available data will slightly increase. Show More Summary

Fermilab scientist elected next CMS spokesperson

Joel Butler will lead the LHC experiment starting in September. Long before the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider, physicist Joel Butler was helping shape the path of particle physics research in the United States. He led experiments...Show More Summary

189-190/366: Technology

Having done a thematic set of animal photos, it makes sense to complete the catching-up process by pulling together a couple of shots of man-made things. 189/366: Tower This is also from my trip to the post office the other day. The tall tower is a broadcast antenna of some sort from the CBS station,…

185-188/366: Critters

Sunday and Monday were wrecked by SteelyKid getting sick. She was actually only really ill on Sunday, but that was highly miserable. Monday, she had to stay home from school, and we spent the day watching the original Star Wars trilogy (which she had refused to watch on two previous occasions…). So, there weren’t a…

184/366: Odyssey

I seem to have fallen into a thing where I take pictures more frequently than I edit and post them. I blame the kids– SteelyKid got sick on Sunday (her third bout with strep in the last five months), and The Pip has decided to get a jump on Daylight Savings by waking up an…

This and That

A few short items: Nature has an editorial this week summarizing the situation with the 750 GeV possible diphoton bump. It mentions a new paper analyzing related data (the number of theory papers on this as a function of time). … Continue reading ?

Visualizing Zero Matter

3 months agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

Wired has a video piece about the VFX work done on Agent Carter to bring the substance known as "zero matter" to your screens. They very kindly mentioned me, which is a pleasant surprise. There was a lot of conversation early on with...Show More Summary

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