Physics

Breaking the first light from two neutron stars merging

Breaking: the first light from two neutron stars merging

Seven new scientific papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging...
Gravitational wave detectors could shed light on dark matter

Gravitational wave detectors could shed light on dark matter

A global team of scientists has found that the same instruments used in the historic discovery of gravitational waves caused by colliding black holes...
Why does rubbing a balloon on your hair make it stick

Why does rubbing a balloon on your hair make it stick?

For centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity. Triboelectric charging causes toner from a photocopier or laser printer to...
What are quantum rainbows

What are quantum rainbows?

In the latest animation from Oxford Sparks, Dr Benjamin Brecht from Oxford's Department of Physics explores the 'miraculous' world of quantum physics, focusing on...
Astrophysicist predicts detached, eclipsing white dwarfs to merge into exotic star

Astrophysicist predicts detached, eclipsing white dwarfs to merge into exotic star

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist, Mukremin Kilic, and his team have discovered two detached, eclipsing double white dwarf binaries with orbital periods of 40...
When helium behaves like a black hole

When helium behaves like a black hole

A team of scientists has discovered that a law controlling the bizarre behavior of black holes out in space--is also true for cold helium...
Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 Awarded Gravitational Waves Detection

Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 awarded gravitational waves detection

On Oct. 3, the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics was announced. The Nobel Prize committee awarded the prize to Prof. Rainer Weiss, Prof. Barry C....
Scientists closer to explaining why matter persists over antimatter

Scientists closer to explaining why matter persists over antimatter

New results show a difference in the way neutrinos and antineutrinos behave, which could help explain why there is so much matter in the...
LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision

LIGO and Virgo observatories jointly detect black hole collision

Discovery launches new era of gravitational wave science In August, detectors on two continents recorded gravitational wave signals from a pair of black holes colliding. This...
Gravitational wave hits Earth again

Gravitational wave hits Earth again

For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on location For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger...