Physics

How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter

How does it look when Earth is bombarded with dark matter?

A whole lot of zig-zagging: Perhaps that is what happens when the universe's mysterious dark matter particles hit the Earth. SDU researchers can now show...
Cosmic x-rays may provide clues to the nature of dark matter

Cosmic x-rays may provide clues to the nature of dark matter

Dark matter is increasingly puzzling. Around the world, physicists have been trying for decades to determine the nature of these matter particles, which do not...
Stellar magnetism

Stellar magnetism: What’s behind the most brilliant lights in the sky?

Space physicists at University of Wisconsin-Madison have just released unprecedented detail on a bizarre phenomenon that powers the northern lights, solar flares and coronal...
How big can a planet be

How big can a planet be? Hopkins astrophysicist chases the answer

You can know a planet not just by its size, but also by the company it keeps A planet can be no bigger than about...
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...
Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

Quest to settle riddle over Einstein’s theory may soon be over

Astronomy experiments could soon test an idea developed by Albert Einstein almost exactly a century ago, scientists say. Tests using advanced technology could resolve a...
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...
Scrooge’s time-travel poses some trouble with physics

Scrooge’s time-travel poses some trouble with physics

In A Christmas Carol, the Christmas ghosts teach Scrooge a life lesson by bringing him back to his past, and giving him a glimpse of...
Milky Way's 'most-mysterious star' continues to confound

Milky Way’s ‘most-mysterious star’ continues to confound

In 2015, a star called KIC 8462852 caused quite a stir in and beyond the astronomy community due to a series of rapid, unexplained...
A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri star system

A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri star system

Yale astronomers have taken a fresh look at the nearby Alpha Centauri star system and found new ways to narrow the search for habitable...