Sep 3, 2014

Google taps U.S. scholars to build new quantum information processors

Google Inc. has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to begin a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is ...

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

Aug 29, 2014

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds (kilograms) — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the ...

Higgs digs deeper into 'new physics' realm

Jul 19, 2014

Higgs digs deeper into 'new physics' realm

by Mariette Le Roux

Two years after making history by unearthing the Higgs boson, the particle that confers mass, physicists are broadening their probe into its identity, hoping this will also solve other great cosmic mysteries. Sifting through mountains of experimental data, they have now pieced together a ...

Jul 17, 2014

Compressed diamond yields clues on mega-planets

Physicists in the United States on Wednesday reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets. Diamond is the hardest, strongest form of carbon and the least compressible ...

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Jun 23, 2014

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Physicists on Sunday said they had learned more about the identity of the Higgs boson, the elusive particle whose groundbreaking discovery was announced nearly two years ago. Work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the particle smasher on the French-Swiss border where the ...

U.K. scientists hope for graphene revolution

| May 1, 2014

U.K. scientists hope for graphene revolution

It is mega-strong, ultralight and superstretchy, and if things work out, the wonder material could change many aspects of human existence — starting with people’s sex lives. Safer and sensually superior condoms may not have been the first thing on the minds of the ...

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

Mar 23, 2014

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

by Ian Sample

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sitting on the ice sheet three-quarters of a mile (1.3 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumors. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics went public. ...

Mar 9, 2014

Scientists spot new 'quantum droplet' particle

In the field of quantum physics, you might call this a droplet in the bucket. Physicists in Germany and the United States say they have discovered an exotic new type of particle that they call a quantum droplet, or dropleton. Writing in the journal ...

CERN eyes new particle collider

Feb 15, 2014

CERN eyes new particle collider

by Nina Larson

Europe’s physics lab CERN said Feb. 6 that it was eyeing plans for a circular particle collider that would be seven times more powerful than the facility which discovered the famous “God particle.” “The time has come to look even further ahead,” the European ...

Breakthrough brings nuclear fusion closer

Feb 13, 2014

Breakthrough brings nuclear fusion closer

U.S. scientists say they’ve taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades. They are still a long way from that goal. The amount of energy they got out of ...