Here's How To Stop Your Nuclear Fusion Reactor From Melting

Here's How To Stop Your Nuclear Fusion Reactor From Melting

Dust off the “nuclear fusion breakthrough” sign again, because scientists are reporting that another important step has been reached in achieving this futuristic technology. Basically, two PhD physics students at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have found out how to stop your nuclear fusion reactor being severely damaged by a particular phenomenon. That’s…

Unusual Light Phenomenon Seen For The First Time At Room Temperature

Unusual Light Phenomenon Seen For The First Time At Room Temperature

An international team of Italian and Canadian researchers claim they have achieved superfluidity in light quasiparticles at room temperature for the first time. This feat was reported in the journal Nature Physics and has important implications that range from theoretical physics to technical applications. There are a few things we need to understand before we can truly appreciate the importance of…

China And The US Take Step Forwards With Nuclear Fusion Experiment

China And The US Take Step Forwards With Nuclear Fusion Experiment

A collaboration between the US and China investigating nuclear fusion techniques has made a key step forwards. Researchers at the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in Hefei, China, were testing out how best to store ultra-hot plasma inside a reactor and they found that lithium did an extremely good job of keeping it cool and…

Scientists Show That The Universe Needed A Bang

Scientists Show That The Universe Needed A Bang

Physicists have shown that alternative theories that propose a smooth start to the universe cannot work. An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and the Perimeter Institute in Canada has finally been able to show that the “smooth beginning” cannot create a universe like ours. The Big Bang is…

Testing A Black Hole Property In The Lab

Testing A Black Hole Property In The Lab

We can’t create a black hole in the lab (yet), but researchers at the University of Nottingham have done the next best thing and created a physical simulation of one. By using a sophisticated set-up, the team was able to create a “water black hole” and demonstrate experimentally the phenomenon of superradiance. The study is…

Astronomical Observations Might Be The First Clue Of Foam Space-Time

Astronomical Observations Might Be The First Clue Of Foam Space-Time

Researchers are still desperately seeking a theory of quantum gravity, and while many intriguing ideas have been proposed, hard evidence is lacking. Now, however, they might have found a glimpse from the depths of the very vacuum of space. Italian researchers report in Nature Astronomy the observation of a peculiar signal in both neutrinos and photons emitted…