“Magnetic” dark matter may be accelerating the universe’s expansion

The expansion of the universe is accelerating, but we’re not really sure why. The current best models give the driving force the placeholder name of “dark energy” – but that might not even exist. A new study has found that if dark matter had some unusu… Continue reading “Magnetic” dark matter may be accelerating the universe’s expansion

CERN scientists cool antimatter with lasers for the first time

Scientists at CERN have used lasers to cool down antimatter for the first time. The milestone could help unlock some of the secrets of this weird substance, including why it didn’t annihilate the universe soon after the Big Bang.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading CERN scientists cool antimatter with lasers for the first time

CERN is building containers for storing and transporting antimatter

In a move that would please the fictional Star Trek engineer Mr. Scott, CERN is working on ways to store and transport antimatter. Sorry, this isn’t to power any starships secretly under construction, but as a way to better study antiprotons to learn m… Continue reading CERN is building containers for storing and transporting antimatter

CERN anomaly hints at new particle physics Standard Model can’t explain

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is designed to probe the fringes of known physics, and now the facility has found particles not behaving as predicted. While it’s still early days, the discovery hints at the existence of new particles or forces beyon… Continue reading CERN anomaly hints at new particle physics Standard Model can’t explain

Colossal primordial stars may have seeded supermassive black holes

The supermassive black holes lurking at the center of most galaxies, including our own, are believed to have grown so big by gobbling up matter over billions of years. But a new study suggests they may have taken a shortcut, starting life as a hypothet… Continue reading Colossal primordial stars may have seeded supermassive black holes

Physicists measure the gravitational pull of a ladybug

Of the four fundamental forces, gravity is the one we’re most familiar with in our everyday lives, but perhaps surprisingly, it’s the weakest and hardest to measure here on Earth. Now, physicists in Austria have made the smallest measurement of gravity… Continue reading Physicists measure the gravitational pull of a ladybug

New theoretical warp drive design clears “negative energy” barrier

Faster-than-light (FTL) travel is a staple of sci-fi, hand-waving away multi-millennia journeys between stars. Such a technology would of course be incredibly handy to us in the real world, and while these “warp drives” have been considered theoretical… Continue reading New theoretical warp drive design clears “negative energy” barrier