Physicists Have Just Made The Coldest Molecules Known To Science

Physicists Have Just Made The Coldest Molecules Known To Science

Scientists rarely back down from a challenge, especially one seemingly put there by nature itself. One such showdown has involved the quest to reach absolute zero, the coldest temperature anything can theoretically get, according to the laws of thermodynamics. There have been many, many attempts to achieve this chilly nadir, but after a century of…

Researchers Develop New Technique To Make High-Energy Plasma

Researchers Develop New Technique To Make High-Energy Plasma

If we want to master the power of the stars in our power stations, we need to get more efficient at creating high-energy plasma. An international team of researchers took some interesting steps in that direction with a new plasma heating technique. The scientists’ starting point was radio-frequency heating, which is a well-established technique. The…

Quantum Communication Has Been Achieved Underwater For The First Time

Quantum Communication Has Been Achieved Underwater For The First Time

China is really investing heavily in quantum shenanigans. They’ve recently launched the world’s first quantum satellite, and now they’ve dived underwater to test out a submarine version too. Essentially, both experiments have been testing a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement. It’s far more complicated than we’re letting on, but essentially, two particles can sometimes act as…

Ancient Babylonian Tablet Explained As A Trigonometric Table

Ancient Babylonian Tablet Explained As A Trigonometric Table

Almost a century ago, Edgar Banks – the inspiration for Indiana Jones – dug up a clay tablet in southern Iraq, but it took until now for its meaning to be understood. With this explanation has come insight into Babylonian mathematics, which operated on a different, and in some ways preferable, system than our own. In 1945,…

CERN Sees High-Energy Light Interacting With Itself For The First Time

CERN Sees High-Energy Light Interacting With Itself For The First Time

A crucial prediction of the quantum theory of light has been confirmed by CERN. Physicists at the European Institution saw for the first time a high-energy photon-on-photon interaction, where two particles of light “hit” each other and change directions. The process, called light-by-light scattering, is one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics (QED), the quantum theory…

Scientists Recreate Cause Of Fusion Inside Massive Stars

Scientists Recreate Cause Of Fusion Inside Massive Stars

The energy of stars comes from nuclear fusion. At their cores, under incredible pressure and temperature, lighter elements like hydrogen and helium are fused into heavier ones. These conditions are extreme and it’s only now that researchers are getting close to replicating them. As reported in Nature Physics, American researchers have reproduced what’s happening inside…

A Neutrino Has Been Seen Hitting An Atom For The First Time

A Neutrino Has Been Seen Hitting An Atom For The First Time

The world’s smallest neutrino detector has just discovered something quite big. Researchers have observed an atom ricochet from the tiny impact of a neutrino for the first time. Such an occurrence was first predicted in theory 43 years ago, but had so far eluded scientists. The results of the experiment, conducted at the Oak Ridge National…

Paper Calls Out Pressures On Postdoctoral Researchers

Paper Calls Out Pressures On Postdoctoral Researchers

In July, a paper was published that some scientists had eagerly awaited, but not for its content. In the acknowledgments, Dr Oliver Rosten dedicated his work to a friend, Francis Dolan, who died by suicide, and called attention to the way career pressures can harm the health of postdoctoral researchers. Few outside certain fields of physics will read…