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Scientists bring human-scale object to near standstill, reaching a quantum state

To the human eye, most stationary objects appear to be just that — still, and completely at rest. Yet if we were handed a quantum...

Scientists discover unique properties of a promising new superconductor

Researchers have discovered that a unique superconducting metal is more resilient when used as a very thin layer. The study is the first step toward...

Dark matter is slowing the spin of the Milky Way’s galactic bar

For 30 years, astrophysicists have predicted such a slowdown, but this is the first time it has been measured. The researchers say it gives a...

Scientists create quantum microscope that can see the impossible

In a major scientific leap, University of Queensland researchers have created a quantum microscope that can reveal biological structures that would otherwise be impossible...

Axions — if they exist — could tell us about first seconds after Big...

Finding the hypothetical particle axion could mean finding out for the first time what happened in the Universe a second after the Big Bang,...

Scientists suggest new dimension to understand dark matter

As its name suggests, dark matter -- material which makes up about 85% of the mass in the universe -- emits no light, eluding...

Dark Energy Survey releases most precise look yet at the universe’s evolution

The Dark Energy Survey collaboration announced it has created the largest-ever maps of the distribution and shapes of galaxies, tracing both ordinary and dark...

This nano-sized iconic tower has 161 steps, 21 bells

Twenty-four years ago, physics professor Harold Craighead and then-doctoral student Dustin Carr created the world’s smallest guitar using cutting-edge technology in what was then...

Dark matter could change the temperature of exoplanets, allowing us to detect it

Ah, dark matter, you continue to allude us. The stuff is incredibly difficult to study. It doesn’t interact with light, so our evidence of it...

Why hotter clocks are more accurate

A new experiment shows that the more energy consumed by a clock, the more accurate its timekeeping. Clocks pervade every aspect of life, from the...