Physics

Contracting white dwarf observed for the first time

Contracting white dwarf observed for the first time

Astrophysicists have found the first observational evidence for a contracting white dwarf. Constant high spin-up rate of a star of this type, located in an...
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...
Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years

Gravitational waves from merging supermassive black holes will be spotted within 10 years

Astronomers won't have to wait much longer for their first glimpse of one of the biggest types of unions in the cosmos. New research published...
Scientists narrow down the search for dark photons using decade-old particle collider data

Scientists narrow down the search for dark photons using decade-old particle collider data

Analysis of data from the BaBar experiment rules out theorized particle's explanation for muon mystery In its final years of operation, a particle collider in...
New 2-D materials could conduct electricity at almost the speed of light

New 2-D materials could conduct electricity at almost the speed of light

Physicists have fabricated new two-dimensional quantum materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them building blocks of future quantum computers and...
Scientists make first detection of neutron star collision

Scientists make first detection of neutron star collision

Gravitational waves and light arrive on Earth 130 million years after their creation There’s nothing like the first time. A first kiss. Your first car. A...
LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

LIGO and Virgo make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves — ripples in space-time — in addition to light from the spectacular collision of...
Fermi Gamma-ray burst monitor wakes the world to smashing neutron stars

Fermi Gamma-ray burst monitor wakes the world to smashing neutron stars

On Aug. 17, Colleen Wilson-Hodge had already hit the gym and was headed to a training class at work when a message popped up...
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...