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Essential Science: Investigating the true nature of water

It might be thought that we know everything there is to know about water. However, many of the properties of the compound remain unclear to scientists. New research sheds some light.

Pop goes the weasel as Hadron Collider shuts down

Ginebra - A weasel shut down the world's most powerful particle smasher when it wandered onto a 66,000-volt transformer and caused a short circuit, Europe's physics lab CERN said Saturday.

Creator of popular XKCD comics to work on high school textbook

Randall Munroe is the creator of the popular webcomic XKCD, and he recently published a book that got the attention of editors at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which also happens to be Munroe's publisher.

Essential Science: Could our brains handle teleportation?

While physicists toy with the theoretical idea of teleportation, neurologists have been considering if our brains could cope with being scrambled and reassembled. The outcome of this inquiry has recently been published.

Einstein was right: U.S. researchers detect gravitational waves

Washington - After decades of effort, scientists in the United States have opened a new era of discovery by detecting gravitational waves 100 years after famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein first predicted their existence in his general theory of relativity.

Scientists glimpse Einstein's gravitational waves

Washington - In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, scientists said Thursday they have glimpsed the first direct evidence of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.

China 'to start work on super, super-collider by 2020'

Bejing - China will begin work on the world's largest super-collider in 2020, state-run media reported Thursday, in an attempt to increase understanding of the Higgs boson, or "god particle".

Microsoft buys company behind realistic physics in 600 games

Microsoft has announced it has bought the creators of one of the most popular 3D physics engines for games. Havok has powered hundreds of titles over the years and was previously owned by Intel.

Intel pledges $50m investment in quantum computing research

Intel has announced that it is making a long-term investment into the development of quantum computing systems. It will contribute $50 million over the next 10 years to help shape the future of computing for when semi-conductors are obsolete.

Scientists discover new kind of particle: The pentaquark

Ginebra - Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have discovered a new kind of particle called the pentaquark, they announced Tuesday.

'New era' in physics as world's biggest particle smasher cranks up

Ginebra - Scientists on Wednesday hailed a "new era" in their quest to unravel more mysteries of the universe as the world's biggest particle smasher started experiments with nearly doubled energy levels in a key breakthrough.

We may have overestimated the expansion rate of the universe

New observations of supernovae have suggested that the universe may be expanding much slowly than has been thought up until now. This is a large change that could influence future theories about the end of the universe.

Large Hadron Collider starts up again after two-year upgrade

Ginebra - The world's largest particle smasher restarted Sunday after a two-year upgrade that will allow physicists to explore uncharted corners of what makes up the universe, including dark matter and antimatter.

Review: Best Visual Effects Oscar for Interstellar, based on science

The science fiction epic Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, received several Oscar 2015 nominations and won the award for best visual effects.

The inventor of the laser has died

Charles Townes, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor of the laser, has passed away at age 99. He also acted as a NASA consultant on the moon landings.

Digital Journal's top science stories of 2014 Special

2014 has seen a myriad of fascinating science news. Digital Journal looks back at the year in science and selects the 12 most interesting stories that have impacted people's lives around the world.

Earth's magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

Berkeley - Could the world turn upside down — magnetically speaking that is? The answer is yes according to a new joint study by researchers from Europe and America — and a flip of Earth’s magnetic field could occur within our lifetimes.

Super fast lasers break world record

London - Researchers have engineered a record-breaking laser that accelerates the interaction between light and matter by over 10 times.

Graphene sandwich bites for next-gen electronics

Manchester - Researchers have discovered that sandwiching layers of grey graphene with white graphene together could produce materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices.

New advancement with graphene

Scientists have reported the first experimental observation of ultra-fast charge transfer in grapehene based semiconductors. The recorded charge transfer time was under 50 femtoseconds. This sounds fast, but was does it mean?

Scientists detect echoes of Big Bang

Washington - In a major discovery for understanding the origins of the universe, US scientists said Monday they have detected echoes of the Big Bang 14 billion years ago.

Oldest known star discovered by Australian astronomers

Australian astronomers have discovered the oldest known star in the universe through what the lead researcher describes as a "needle-in-a-haystack" situation.

Super, bendy glass invented

A research group have created a new type of glass that is "super tough." When dropped onto the floor the glass does not shatter, it simply bends.

What makes a kettle whistle?

What causes the sound when the water in a kettle on a hob boils and turns to steam? The answer in many physics text books might be wrong, according to a study.

Op-Ed: Life as a Hologram — We're all just projections

It may be news to you and it may need an explanation, but here it is: You are a hologram. And while this second statement may not appear to be as speculative, it still needs to be said considering the first statement: You are real.

New compound cools down as it heats up

The headline may read a little odd, but the compound vanadium dioxide does indeed become cooler as heat is applied. This insight means that it could be used to disguise soldiers from infrared sensors.

Attempts to understand 'dark matter' fall flat

Dark matter, the substance that is thought to make up more than a quarter of the universe, remains a greater mystery. Scientists have now stated that earlier findings, seemingly discovering dark matter particles, are not correct.

Science explains why Usain Bolt is the world's fastest man

Usain Bolt is the world's fastest man. But what makes him so fast? Scientists have said that they can explain Bolt's extraordinary speed through the use of a mathematical model.

New technique for detecting landslides

Researchers have developed a way to remotely detect the events using energy unleashed by landslides. This is similar, in principle, to the way that geologists identify earthquakes using waves of energy.

Has dark matter finally been detected? AMS scientists drop a hint

Researchers have hinted "big news" for the world in the search for dark matter. The physicist in charge of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment dropped a hint at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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