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Basic Assumptions of Physics Might Require the Future to Influence the Past

One of the most well-accepted physical theories makes no logical sense. Quantum mechanics, the theory that governs the smallest possible spaces, forces our human brains to accept some really wacky, uncomfortable realities. Maybe we live in a world where certain observations can force our universe to branch into multiple ones. Or maybe actions in the present influence things earlier in time. Read More >>

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New Particle Discovery Reignites Decade-Old Physics Controversy

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have discovered an exciting new particle—or rather, an exciting combination of particles. It doesn’t have quite the same impact that the Higgs Boson (the one people called the God Particle) did five years ago. But it does have people talking, and many folks are thinking about a controversial set of results from an older experiment. Read More >>

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The Scientists Who Look for Nothing to Understand Everything

Physicist Usama Hussain laughed uncomfortably every time the conversation even got close to the question, “Do you look for nothing?”. His professors would kill him if they heard him agree with that. After all, he’s technically looking for a brand new particle that may or may not exist, with the hopes that it might help explain some of the Universe’s weirdness. Read More >>

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The Teenagers Hunting for the Universe’s Secrets

Four British schoolboys had just been called from the classroom. They were ten days away from their A-level exams, the ones that determine the direction the rest of their lives would take, but they’d been interrupted from their studies to discuss the deepest secrets of the universe—their work hunting for the magnetic monopole at the Large Hadron Collider. Read More >>

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I Ventured to the Most Radioactive Spot in Town With This Super High-Tech Radiation Camera

If I were in America, the TSA agent would have called in backup on the spot and I would have received a long questioning. I had just asked the airport security agent if I could leave my laptop open as it rolled through the x-ray scanner. I pointed to the black thumb drive-looking thing sticking out of my USB port. I told them all I wanted to do was test the radiation levels using the attachment, the MiniPix USB particle camera. Read More >>

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Scientists Are Exploring a Strange New Way to Create an Exotic Phase of Matter

Hiding in the Geneva suburbs, behind trees and a meadow with fuzzy brown donkeys, is a warehouse with a lift that only visits negative floors. Hundreds of feet down, hyper complex detectors inside an octagonal tube the colour and size of a large barn whistle loudly and peer like cameras at protons, the positively charged bits at the centre of every atom. Those cameras may have just produced an exotic phase of matter in a brand new way. Maybe. Read More >>

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A Trail of Strange Physics Results Offers Tantalising Hints of New Particles

Conceptually, particle physics experiments are surprisingly simple. Smash a shitload of particles together, and look at what comes out. The results will either confirm whatever the business-as-usual theory is, or, if there’s a really crystal clear deviation from that theory, they might prove some new hypothesis about some new particles. But the middle ground, where the difference between what we know and what we see is still fuzzy, is where lots and lots of results live. Read More >>

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Anyone Can Learn Particle Physics With This New Children’s Book

You might flee from words like “quarks,” “relativity,” and “joule,” but you shouldn’t have to, and neither should a kid. A new children’s book from the folks at a few of our national labs will hopefully make the things particle physicists are talking about easier to digest. Read More >>

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The Science Stories We’ll Be Watching in 2017

With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead and see what the coming year has in store. Here are Gizmodo’s most anticipated scientific and technological developments — and backslides — of 2017. Read More >>

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How the Universe Could Annihilate Itself at the Speed of Light

Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum that expands in all directions at the speed of light. Read More >>

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South Pole Experiment’s Hunt for Exotic Neutrino Comes Up Empty

It’s been a rough few weeks of null results for physicists. First, a promising underground experiment failed to find evidence of dark matter. Then news broke that the Large Hadron Collider hadn’t discovered an exciting new particle after all. Read More >>

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CERN Physicists Have Unveiled a Batch of New Exotic Particles

Scientists working at CERN have found four new “tetraquark” particles comprised of the same four subatomic building blocks. These exotic particles don’t last very long, and they probably don’t play an important cosmological role, but the discovery reveals the surprising diversity of the tetraquark family. Read More >>

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Hopes are Fading Fast for Possible New Particle at the LHC

Rumours are swirling again among physicists, but this time they’re not about gravitational waves. Instead, hopes are fading that two separate, but complementary, experiments at the Large Hadron Collider may have discovered a possible new particle. Read More >>

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New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature

We know all about the four fundamental forces of nature: gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong forces between atoms. But could there be a fifth force still waiting to be discovered? A new experiment performed in Hungary suggests this may very well be the case. Read More >>