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Why does nuclear fission produce pear-shaped nuclei?

Nuclear fission is a process in which a heavy nucleus split into two. Most of the actinides nuclei (plutonium, uranium, curium, etc) fission asymmetrically with...

Bizarre ‘dark fluid’ with negative mass could dominate the universe

It’s embarrassing, but astrophysicists are the first to admit it. Our best theoretical model can only explain 5% of the universe. The remaining 95% is...

Scientist discover rare fossil from the Big Bang in distant universe

A relic cloud of gas, orphaned after the Big Bang, has been discovered in the distant universe by astronomers using the world's most powerful...

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite...

The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is. We’re doing...

Scientists discover new minerals for carbon capture and storage

Economic geologists show hydrotalcites are capable of carbon sequestration beneath the surface of mine tailings. A new group of minerals was found to capture and...
Machine-learning technique reveals 'invisible' objects in the dark

Machine-learning technique reveals ‘invisible’ objects in the dark

Small imperfections in a wine glass or tiny creases in a contact lens can be tricky to make out, even in good light. In almost...

Galileo satellites prove Einstein’s Relativity Theory to highest accuracy yet

Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system – already serving users globally – has now provided a historic service to the physics community worldwide. This enables the...

Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision

Scientists have detected ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole...

Scientists create tiny droplets of early universe matter

Researchers have created tiny droplets of the ultra-hot matter that once filled the early universe, forming three distinct shapes and sizes: circles, ellipses and...

New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the Universe

A new toy model proposes a way to unify dark energy and dark matter in our Universe. Scientists at the University of Oxford may have...