Month: April 2021

One of the oldest science experiments in the world has just resumed in secret

Over a century ago, one of the oldest experiments in the history of science was started in East Lansing, Michigan. Every 20 years, scientists realize this. After further delay induced by the pandemic, the time was right again this week….

Laser experiments shed light on landslide physics

Laser experiments shed light on landslide physics by Julia Rosen Tuesday June 16th, 2015 The researchers used beads filled with laser-activated dye to reveal the behavior of granular materials during landslides. Credit: Felice Frankel and Joshua Dijksman. How does cereal…

Experiments Cast Doubts Whether Quantum Spin Liquids Exist

When temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius, water turns to ice. But does everything actually freeze if you cool it enough? In the classic picture, matter becomes inherently solid at low temperatures. Quantum mechanics can, however, break this rule. Thus,…

Particle physics experiments strengthen evidence for a new force of nature

A recently completed experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) on the outskirts of Chicago produced strong data suggesting that a new force of nature may have been discovered. If this result is ultimately confirmed, it would require a…

‘Tending’ results of 2 experiments defy the rules of physics

Preliminary results from two experiments suggest that something is wrong with the way physicists think the universe works, a prospect that has baffled and delighted the field of particle physics. Tiny particles called muons don’t quite do what they’re expected…