The mathematics that have come out of string theory have been put to use in fields such as cosmology and condensed matter physics — the study of materials and their properties. It’s so ubiquitous that “even if you shut down all the string theory groups, people in condensed matter, people in cosmology, people in quantum gravity will do it,” Dijkgraaf said.
Scientists have long known that dolphins can use whistles and clicks to express ideas and warnings to other dolphins, but we never knew the extent of that communication until now. Researchers at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Russia have recorded two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins by the names Yasha and Yana having conversations consisting of sentences up to five words in length.
It’s perhaps best said by John Oliver in his excellent report on sham science studies: “In science, you don’t just get to cherry-pick the parts that justify what you were going to do anyway. That’s religion. You’re thinking of religion,” he says.
A new signal excess is probably a statistical fluke, but, if not, we could again be talking about New Physics.
Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science created an ultra-strong and super-light metal, with a density two-thirds that of aluminium at Li’s Scifacturing Laboratory at UCLA by composing magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles. The research was published on December 23, 2015 in Nature.
Here are a few examples of spectacular finds that offer a window into Earth's past, and help scientists understand the remarkable animals that lived long ago.
More than 250 years after Dalibard and Leclerc’s famous experiment, scientists are still trying to answer fundamental questions about lightning
Slow earthquakes regularly move more earth than deadly fast quakes, but no one feels a thing
Newly analyzed DNA updates the genome and confirms conclusions about an ancient plague in Germany.
If this matter does exist, what is it made of? So far, theories have ranged from saying that it is made up of cold, warm or hot matter, with the most widely-accepted theory being the Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda-CDM) model. However, a new study produced by a team of European astronomer suggests that the Warm Dark Matter (WDM) model may be able to explain the latest observations made of the early Universe.
We all know the animal kingdom is a horrible place, filled with brutal murder, aggressive mating practices, debilitating parasites – the list goes on. But it doesn’t stop there.
Imagine getting a medical X-ray that comes out blank – as if your bones had vanished. That’s what happened when scientists cranked up the intensity of the world’s first X-ray laser to get a better look at a sample they were studying: The X-rays seemed to go right through it as if it were not there.
A team of researchers from Copenhagen University has now determined a single mutation which arose as recently as 6-10,000 years ago was responsible for all the blue-eyed people alive on Earth today. But how – and why – blue eyes arose has always been something of a genetic mystery. Until now.
In 1966, a young chemist suggested a radical new theory for how life might have begun on Earth. Fifty years on, we ask if there was any truth in his ideas
For nearly nine decades, science's favorite explanation for the origin of life has been the "primordial soup". This is the idea that life began from a series of chemical reactions in a warm pond on Earth's surface, triggered by an external energy source such as lightning strike or ultraviolet (UV) light. But recent research adds weight to an alternative idea, that life arose deep in the ocean within warm, rocky structures called hydrothermal vents.
Ed. Note: I'm actually only posting this story to post a similar story with the opposite headline in the below comments. And it comes from the exact same study. Enjoy! Remember: "The mice infected in the morning had 10 times the viral levels of those infected in the evening." Got it?
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine.
Invalidating the known measurement of a deuteron deepens the mystery of the 'proton radius puzzle'
For nearly eight months, physicists have been waiting for confirmation of a potential new particle that could change our entire view of physics. Now it seems the hinted particle was nothing more than a statistical blip.
The scientific method is all about getting to the bottom of questions large and small. It will be an invaluable tool for as long as there are questions to be answered. That’ll be until such time as science gives us a quantum computer that can compute the Universe. And then, said computer will still be an end result of the scientific method.