Physics & Mathematics

The discrete-time physics hiding inside our continuous-time world

Scientists believe that time is continuous, not discrete -- roughly speaking, they believe that it does not progress in "chunks," but rather "flows," smoothly...

New quantum material could warn of neurological disease

What if the brain could detect its own disease? Researchers have been trying to create a material that "thinks" like the brain does, which...

First direct images of a black hole

An international team of over 200 astronomers, including scientists from MIT’s Haystack Observatory, has captured the first direct images of a black hole. They...

Moneyball advantage peters out once everyone’s doing it

When former Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane used data analytics to build a low budget winning baseball team in the early 2000s, it...

New Technique Cuts AI Training Time By More Than 60 Percent

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a technique that reduces training time for deep learning networks by more than 60 percent without sacrificing...
Bright Lights, Big Headache

UCF researchers develop way to control speed of light, send it backward

University of Central Florida researchers have developed a way to control the speed of light. Not only can they speed up a pulse of...

Behavior of ‘trapped’ electrons in a one-dimensional world observed in the lab

A team of physicists at the University of Cologne has, for the first time, seen a particularly exotic behaviour of electrons on an atomic...

Researchers find using certain stir bars can create laboratory errors

The stirrers that mix cream into your coffee probably don't make much difference to the drink. But in a chemistry lab, it turns out...

Dark matter experiment finds no evidence of axions

Physicists from MIT and elsewhere have performed the first run of a new experiment to detect axions — hypothetical particles that are predicted to...

When slithering snakes behave like light waves

Desert snakes slithering across the sand at night can encounter obstacles such as plants or twigs that alter the direction of their travel. While...

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