Tagged: Science

CERN: Hadron Collider used to Find Two New Subatomic Particles.

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Scientists using the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday said they had observed two never-seen-before particles, a discovery that refines physicists’ understanding of how elementary particles interact and the forces between them.

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A planet past Pluto? Astronomers redefine the solar system’s edge

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Our little corner of the universe just got a little more crowded.

Scientists at the Carnegie Carnegie Institution for Science announced Wednesday the discovery of a new cosmic neighbor — a distant dwarf planet named 2012 VP113 that was found spinning in the depths of space well past Pluto. Its existence suggests there may be another actual planet out there, they said, a rogue giant ten times bigger than Earth orbiting in the distant blackness.  (more…)

Video: Accidental discovery dramatically improves conductivity

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Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.   (more…)

Quantum reality more complex than previously thought

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Imagine you order a delivery of several glass vases in different colors. Each vase is sent as a separate parcel. What would you think of the courier if the parcels arrive apparently undamaged, yet when you open them, it turns out that all the red vases are intact and all the green ones are smashed to pieces?  (more…)