Twisted light from the beginning of time could reveal brand-new physics

A twist in the universe’s first light could hint that scientists need to rethink physics.  A pair of Japanese scientists looked at the polarization or orientation of light from the cosmic microwave background radiation, some of the earliest light emitted after the universe’s birth. They found the polarization of photons, or light particles, might be […]

The 10 biggest physics stories of 2020

Let’s admit it: It’s been a pretty rough year for our neck of the solar system. But it’s been a great year for scientists studying more distant reaches of the universe. From a colossal explosion to mystery burps deciphered, here were some of the top stories in physics in 2020. 10. Boom! (Image credit: X-ray: […]

Detective work in theoretical physics — ScienceDaily

Scientific articles in the field of physics are mostly very short and deal with a very restricted topic. A remarkable exception to this is an article published recently by physicists from the Universities of Münster and Düsseldorf. The article is 127 pages long, cites a total of 1075 sources and deals with a wide range […]

Detective work in theoretical physics

IMAGE: Time axis showing the number of publications relating to dynamical density functional theory. view more  Credit: M. te Vrugt et al. Scientific articles in the field of physics are mostly very short and deal with a very restricted topic. A remarkable exception to this is an article published recently by physicists from the Universities of […]

Researchers publish review article on the physics of interacting particles

Time axis showing the number of publications relating to dynamical density functional theory. Credit: M. te Vrugt et al. Scientific articles in the field of physics are mostly very short and deal with a very restricted topic. A remarkable exception to this is an article published recently by physicists from the Universities of Münster and […]

Beautiful physics governs complex energy-matter interactions — ScienceDaily

A research team led by Tao Sun, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia, has made two discoveries that can expand additive manufacturing in aerospace and other industries that rely on strong metal parts. Additive manufacturing has contributed to aircraft production for years, as reported by the Association for Manufacturing […]

First physics results from prototype detector published

The DUNE collaboration has published their first scientific paper based on data collected with the ProtoDUNE single-phase detector located at CERN’s Neutrino Platform. Credit: CERN The DUNE collaboration has published their first scientific paper based on data collected with the ProtoDUNE single-phase detector located at CERN’s Neutrino Platform. The results show that the detector is […]

Flow physics could help forecasters predict extreme events

Brian Elbing (left) holds a microphone with storm chaser Val Castor (right) in front of his storm chasing truck, in which the researchers mounted an infrasound sensor for monitoring tornadoes. Credit: Brian Elbing About 1,000 tornadoes strike the United States each year, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing about 60 people on average. […]

Scientists show how statistical physics can reveal art trends across time and culture — ScienceDaily

Algorithms have shown that the compositional structure of Western landscape paintings changed “suspiciously” smoothly between 1500 and 2000 AD, potentially indicating a selection bias by art curators or in art historical literature, physicists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]