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Mining Black Hole Collisions for Hints of the Elusive Axion

The physicist Asimina Arvanitaki is thinking up ways to search gravitational wave data for evidence of dark matter particles orbiting black holes. The post Mining Black Hole Collisions for Hints … Continue Reading →


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No, the Death Star Isn’t Impossibly Big in the Rogue One Poster. We Did the Math

People are complaining about the size of the Death Star in the Rogue One poster. Here’s how you could actually make that picture. The post No, the Death Star Isn’t … Continue Reading →


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Everything Is a Harmonic Oscillator

Physics undergrads might joke that the universe is made of harmonic oscillators, but they’re not far off. The post Everything Is a Harmonic Oscillator appeared first on WIRED.


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Everything—Yes, Everything—Is a Harmonic Oscillator

Physics undergrads might joke that the universe is made of harmonic oscillators, but they’re not far off. The post Everything—Yes, Everything—Is a Harmonic Oscillator appeared first on WIRED.


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Nature’s Hidden Order Reveals Itself in a Bird’s Eye

Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random. The post Nature’s Hidden Order Reveals Itself … Continue Reading →


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The MIT Physicists Who Infused Ghostbusters With Real Science

Janet Conrad and Lindley Winslow aren’t just in the same profession as Kristen Wiig’s character—they’re the source of some of the movie’s best props. The post The MIT Physicists Who … Continue Reading →


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How Richard Feynman’s Famous Diagrams Almost Saved Space

Richard Feynman’s famous diagrams embody a deep shift in thinking about how the universe is put together. The post How Richard Feynman’s Famous Diagrams Almost Saved Space appeared first on … Continue Reading →


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Physics Says The BFG Shouldn’t Just Look Like a Giant Human

In the movie The BFG, a giant looks like a human but just bigger. But big things are not the same as small things. The post Physics Says The BFG … Continue Reading →


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The Physicist Who Might Have Discovered a New Building Block of Matter

Suchitra Sebastian on the potential discovery of a new building block of matter, better ways to find superconductors, and her circuitous path to becoming a world-class physicist. The post The … Continue Reading →


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Scientists Are Trying to Make Nuclear Fusion With Frickin’ Lasers

A report released in May questioned whether the so-called National Ignition Facility would ever meet its goal. The post Scientists Are Trying to Make Nuclear Fusion With Frickin’ Lasers appeared first on WIRED.


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The Physics of Why Bouncy Castles Take Flight

Parties with bouncy castles are parties kids want to attend, but those air-filled playhouses have the unfortunate habit of lifting into the air with alarming frequency. The post The Physics … Continue Reading →


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The Beauty of Laplace’s Equation, Mathematical Key to … Everything

With these five symbols, Laplace read the universe. The post The Beauty of Laplace’s Equation, Mathematical Key to … Everything appeared first on WIRED.