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Hadron Collider Reveals Long-Sought Particle

It could open up new research into matter

(Newser) - Scientists have found an extra-charming new subatomic particle they hope will help further explain a key force that binds matter together, reports the AP . Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe announced Thursday the fleeting discovery of a long theorized but never-before-seen type of baryon. Baryons are subatomic particles... More »

Physicists Have Advice to Stop Your Suitcase From Wobbling

Speed up

(Newser) - What to do when a wheeled suitcase hits a bump in the road and starts to wobble? Walk a little faster. Yes, this is a question scientists have recently looked into, and they've got a couple pieces of advice for travelers. “If it’s not wobbling, it’s... More »

Scientist: I've Fixed Age-Old Problem of Wine Bottles

A small groove eliminates drips after a pour

(Newser) - It may be a first-world problem—that little drip of wine that slides annoyingly down the neck of a bottle after it's been poured—but to one scientist, it was simply a physics challenge waiting to be overcome. Biophysicist Daniel Perlman at Brandeis University, an inventor with more than... More »

Scientists Make Huge Discovery, Promptly Lose It

And skeptics are wondering if they ever really made it at all

(Newser) - Last month, Harvard researchers announced they'd created the world's first and only sample of metallic hydrogen, publishing their findings in Science . Other scientists were skeptical, to say the least. And now the researchers' sample has apparently disappeared, which Gizmodo finds awfully "convenient." Scientists have been trying... More »

Scientists Explain Deadly Wave of Molasses in Boston

A 'tsunami' of sticky syrup claimed the lives of 21 people and several horses, too

(Newser) - Nearly a century after what researchers call a "tsunami of molasses" descended on Boston, Harvard physicists say that fluid dynamics equations that hadn't yet been written now explain why the disaster proved so deadly—and that the cold weather is partly to blame. In January of 1919, 2.... More »

He Wrote a Gibberish Paper via Autocomplete, Found Success

Looks like anyone can be a nuclear physicist

(Newser) - When New Zealand professor Christoph Bartneck received an invitation to submit a paper to the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in the US, he was skeptical given he has "practically no knowledge" of nuclear physics. So he decided to use his iPhone's iOS autocomplete function to... More »

CERN Officially Distances Itself From Satan

LHC draws more than its fair share of conspiracy theorists

(Newser) - When CERN's Large Hadron Collider is fired up again at the end of April, physicists won't just be testing for unknown particles. They'll also be testing a new FAQ page , and it's an unusual one that distances CERN from demons and Satan. Since the LHC began... More »

A Vampire Can Drain Your Blood in a Matter of Minutes

Students turn to fluid dynamics to arrive at a number

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered how much time you'd have were a vampire to find your carotid artery and begin to guzzle, students at the University of Leicester have worked up an analysis. Using fluid dynamics and a few interesting assumptions, they arrived at an average time of 6.... More »

What It Means If Gravitational Waves Were Detected

The big press conference is scheduled for 10:30am ET

(Newser) - A press conference scheduled for 10:30am ET Thursday has the scientific world on the edge of its seats. The rumor/expectation/prevailing hope: that 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence, the hunt for gravitational waves has led to their direct detection. In a media advisory released Monday, the National... More »

Physicists May Have Found Another New Particle

More data is needed before hints can be confirmed

(Newser) - First, scientists experimenting with CERN's Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson . Next came the possible discovery of pentaquarks . Now scientists may have detected a new, unknown particle. Working from June to mid-November, two teams from the European Organization for Nuclear Research, aka CERN, spotted excess pairs of gamma... More »

The Biggest Physics Breakthroughs of the Year

We now know what's needed for secure quantum teleportation

(Newser) - Physics World has given its 2015 Breakthrough of the Year award to two scientists in China who demonstrated the requirements for secure quantum teleportation. Sadly, this doesn't mean you'll be able to randomly appear anywhere in the world, but it's pretty cool regardless. Basically, the research... More »

Hawking: 'Black Holes Ain't as Black as Painted'

Physicist claims to have solved the information paradox

(Newser) - "If you feel you are in a black hole, don't give up. There's a way out." So says Stephen Hawking in claiming to have resolved the so-called information paradox—the seemingly irreconcilable problem of two well-accepted tenets involving black holes. Quantum mechanics dictates that the information... More »

Physicist Unearths Key Detail About Iconic WWII Photo

His finding debunks several people's claims to be the ones kissing

(Newser) - The party started early on VJ Day. Though the official announcement that World War II ended wasn't made until closer to 7pm on Aug. 14, 1945, a scientific assessment of the famous photo of the couple kissing in celebration, called "VJ Day in Times Square" and widely known... More »

How Long to Fall Through Earth? Faster Than Thought

Set aside 38 minutes and 11 seconds, says new study

(Newser) - It's a common hypothetical in physics classrooms: How long would it take to fall through a tunnel from one side of the Earth to the other? The new answer: 38 minutes and 11 seconds, reports Science . The result is courtesy of McGill University graduate student Alexander Klotz, whose calculations... More »

Physicists Invent New Pasta Shape

Anelloni could help them understand physics mystery

(Newser) - It's food for thought—quite literally. A pair of scientists in the UK have turned a physics problem into an Italian-style dish. They invented anelloni, whose name is based on the Italian word for ring, as a way of studying ring-shaped polymers, Phys.org reports. Polymers, the site notes,... More »

Jackson Pollock: Master of Physics?

Artist's paintings exploited paint as non-Newtonian fluid

(Newser) - Jackson Pollock's remarkable works have long mesmerized art lovers and scientists alike. Scientists were particularly impressed to learn back in 2011 that Pollock's work took advantage of fluid dynamics even before physicists studied the principle. Now, using an experimental technique, researchers in Mexico City have been able to... More »

Why Dogs Are Messy Drinkers —But Cats Aren't

Canines 'smash their tongues on water': researcher

(Newser) - When grabbing a drink, neither cats nor dogs are able to squeeze their cheeks closed to suck up liquids the way humans can. Instead, they have to use their tongues in processes researchers didn't understand until recently, Reuters reports. Cats, researchers found a few years back , put their tongues... More »

Physicist Paid Only $200 for His Nobel-Winning Invention

Company that Shuji Nakamura worked for also sued him for trade infringement

(Newser) - Shuji Nakamura's world got a little bit brighter yesterday morning when he found out he'd won the Nobel Prize in physics , along with Japan's Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano. But even though McKinsey guesses that Nakamura's invention—blue light-emitting-diodes, or LEDs—will be worth about $80... More »

Professor: I've Got Proof Black Holes Don't Exist

Math just doesn't add up, argues UNC physicist

(Newser) - Massive stars don't just fade away, they collapse into black holes, right? Even non-scientists have at least a vague notion of these mysterious forces of nature out there in deep space. Well, sorry to spoil everybody's fun, but a physics professor at the University of North Carolina says... More »

World's Next Timekeeper: Quantum Superclock?

Atomic clocks would meet quantum entanglement

(Newser) - Sick of missing appointments by milliseconds because of inaccurate atomic clocks? Researchers say they could use quantum physics to create a timekeeper so accurate it could help explain some of the mysteries of time itself. The "quantum superclock" would involve multiple atomic clocks, each in its own satellite orbiting... More »

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