Putting a gravitational wave detector on the Moon could find new physics

It’s tricky business detecting gravitational waves – these ripples in the very fabric of spacetime are often drowned out by background vibrations from earthquakes, traffic and other human activity. Now a pair of astrophysicists has proposed a new locat… Continue reading Putting a gravitational wave detector on the Moon could find new physics

Gravitational wave trifecta completed as black holes eat neutron stars

Detecting gravitational waves from collisions between two black holes or two neutron stars is becoming almost mundane, but now astronomers have detected the final piece of the trifecta – a black hole swallowing a neutron star. Two separate events rolle… Continue reading Gravitational wave trifecta completed as black holes eat neutron stars

Building Blocks: Relating Mechanical Elements to Electronic Components

Ask any electronics hobbyist or professional what the simplest building blocks of electronic circuits are, and they’ll undoubtedly say resistors, capacitors, and inductors. Ask a mechanically-inclined person the same question …read more Continue reading Building Blocks: Relating Mechanical Elements to Electronic Components

Particle seen switching between matter and antimatter at CERN

A subatomic particle has been found to switch between matter and antimatter, according to Oxford physicists analyzing data from the Large Hadron Collider. It turns out that an unfathomably tiny weight difference between two particles could have saved t… Continue reading Particle seen switching between matter and antimatter at CERN

Dark energy: The eerie force accelerating the expansion of the universe

The universe is expanding, and that expansion is accelerating. But what is causing that to happen? The leading hypothesis is a repellent force that astrophysicists refer to as “dark energy,” which pushes everything away from everything else. So how doe… Continue reading Dark energy: The eerie force accelerating the expansion of the universe

New technique links lithium distribution in the brain to depression

A new technique is allowing researchers to measure endogenous lithium concentrations in the human brain for the very first time. To test the technique researchers compared lithium levels in post-mortem brain tissue between a suicidal subject and a pair… Continue reading New technique links lithium distribution in the brain to depression

Something’s Up in Switzerland: Explaining the B Meson News from the Large Hadron Collider

Particle physics is a field of extremes. Scales always have 10really big number associated. Some results from the Large Hadron Collider Beauty (LHCb) experiment have recently been reported that are …read more Continue reading Something’s Up in Switzerland: Explaining the B Meson News from the Large Hadron Collider