Physicists to Split £2.5 Million Breakthrough Prize for Supergravity

Physicists Sergio Ferrara, Dan Freedman, and Peter van Nieuwenhuizen will split a $3 million Breakthrough Prize (approximately £2.47 million) for their theory of supergravity, which drives much of today’s physics research toward our understanding of the universe. Read More >>

How the Universe Ends

Somewhere between a second and a millennium from now, you will die. Your body and all of its parts will cease functioning and rejoin the Earth as regular, lifeless stuff. The Earth, too, will die, engulfed by an expanding, ageing Sun. The Sun will burn off all of its fuel and end up a white dwarf, then burn out and die. The Milky Way will collide with nearby Andromeda, and form a large, elliptical galaxy, which will die by losing all of its stars to intergalactic space. The corpses of those remaining stars will die, decaying into their constituent parts. The universe will age onward, until all matter is either stored in black holes or floating as free elementary particles. Those black holes will evaporate, and then universe will die. All that was will be an icy cold nothing, forever. Read More >>

String Theorists’ Heads Bobble Over Potential Dark Energy Wobble

Harvard physicist Cumrun Vafa is one of string theory’s strongest proponents. But this summer, other string theorists have been reeling from his latest conjecture, which might invalidate their ideas built on a decade-long assumption that dark energy is constant. Vafa’s work implies that dark energy’s value changes. Read More >>

Bohemian Rhapsody Reworked as Science Nerd A Capella Work of Genius

US physics student Timothy Blaise has gone rather off-piste when it comes to his coursework, recording a staggering a capella cover version of Bohemian Rhapsody that explains the high-level physics encountered when writing a masters thesis. Read More >>

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Explaining String Theory In Just 26 Seconds

Here's your bite-sized knowledge enhancer for today -- Scientific American's George Musser has a go at explaining one of the most complex theories in modern physics: String theory in under half a minute. Read More >>