Physicists observe particles acting coherently as they undergo phase transitions
21 hours ago
The common link between liquid-crystal TVs and the birth of the universe, when you look at the big picture, is that they are both characterized by the intriguing phenomenon in which matter abruptly changes states.
How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak
Jan 03, 2018
Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday.
NASA's next major telescope to see the big picture of the universe
Dec 22, 2017
NASA is beginning to design its next big astrophysics mission, a space telescope that will provide the largest picture of the universe ever seen with the same depth and clarity as the Hubble Space Telescope.
Best of Last Year—The top Phys.org articles of 2017
Dec 19, 2017 report
It was another great year for science, particularly physics, as evidenced by a study conducted by U.K., Canadian and Italian researchers who revealed substantial evidence of a holographic universe. They published what is ...
Doing without dark energy: Mathematicians propose alternative explanation for cosmic acceleration
Dec 14, 2017
Three mathematicians have a different explanation for the accelerating expansion of the universe that does without theories of "dark energy." Einstein's original equations for General Relativity actually predict cosmic acceleration ...
MWA radio telescope expansion complete—Exploration of the universe's first stars begins
Dec 13, 2017
When and how were the first stars in the universe born? The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope in the desert of Western Australia, one of the largest of its kind, was constructed to clarify this and many other ...
New research bridges scaling gap between astrophysics and cosmology
Dec 07, 2017
In their respective efforts to understand the universe and all it comprises, there is a telling gap between what cosmologists and astrophysicists study and how they study it: scale. Cosmologists typically focus on the large-scale ...
Scientists observe supermassive black hole in infant universe
Dec 06, 2017
A team of astronomers, including two from MIT, has detected the most distant supermassive black hole ever observed. The black hole sits in the center of an ultrabright quasar, the light of which was emitted just 690 million ...
ALMA finds massive primordial galaxies swimming in vast ocean of dark matter
Dec 06, 2017
Astronomers expect that the first galaxies, those that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, would share many similarities with some of the dwarf galaxies we see in the nearby universe today. These early ...
Student-led protests for inclusive campuses are more likely at selective universities
Dec 05, 2017
Some universities are more likely than others to experience student activism like the "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign in 2014, a new study finds.