Physics

Alternative approach to nuclear fusion energy at German lab takes important first step

By Gregory McAvoy, 24 February 2016

The scientists and engineers who designed and built the device are attempting to show that a new type of reactor design could provide a more attainable path to commercial fusion power.

The detection of gravitational waves: A scientific milestone

By Bryan Dyne, 13 February 2016

The discovery of gravitational waves is a vindication of science and the ability of human reason to tackle and overcome the most complex problems.

Astronomers detect gravitational waves predicted by Einstein

By Will Morrow, 12 February 2016

The LIGO Collaboration has published the first direct detection of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time.

100 years of General Relativity—Part Three

By Bryan Dyne, 9 December 2015

This is the last part of a three-part series examining the history, science and implications of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

CERN restarts Large Hadron Collider

By Bryan Dyne, 8 April 2015

As a result of two years of upgrades, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator will generate 30 petabytes of data per year in the search for a deeper understanding of nature.

New telescope reveals first detailed image of a planetary system in formation

By Bryan Dyne and Don Barrett, 1 December 2014

An international telescope array entering operation has produced the first detailed image showing a planetary system in formation around a young star

Imprint of primordial gravitational waves detected

By C. Frederick Graves, 24 March 2014

The finding by astronomers working at the South Pole provides confirmation of a key aspect of the Big Bang theory, called the inflationary hypothesis.

CERN confirms Higgs discovery

By Bryan Dyne, 23 March 2013

The major collaborators in research at the Large Hadron Collider have jointly announced that the new particle discovered last year is the Higgs boson.

Astronomers confirm fundamental relationship in atomic physics

By Will Morrow, 4 January 2013

A team of astronomers has determined that the ratio of the mass of the proton to the mass of the electron has been stable for at least seven billion years.

CERN discovers new fundamental particle

By Bryan Dyne, 5 July 2012

Results jointly released from the Large Hadron Collider have confirmed the existence of a new fundamental particle, which has the high possibility of being the long sought after Higgs boson.

Large Hadron Collider upgrade aids exploration of the origin of mass

By Bryan Dyne, 13 April 2012

What makes things heavy? How does the origin of mass connect with other physical theories? The Large Hadron Collider was built in Switzerland to experimentally test theoretical work that suggests an answer to these questions.

Tantalizing evidence of the Higgs boson

By Bryan Dyne, 29 December 2011

Physicists are close to confirming detection of the last undiscovered particle predicted by the “Standard Model” of particle physics.

Tentative evidence of particles travelling faster than light

By Margaret Bourne, 4 November 2011

Initial results from a group of scientists appear to indicate that neutrinos travel at a velocity greater than the speed of light.

Thomas S. Kuhn, post-modernism and materialist dialectics

By William Whitlow, 28 October 2011

William Whitlow replies to a reader’s inquiry about sociologist Thomas S. Kuhn, author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

CERN experiment weighs antimatter to unprecedented precision

By Bryan Dyne, 26 August 2011

The research provides further confirmation of quantum mechanics.

A further advance in quantum computing

By Bryan Dyne, 12 August 2011

A team led by Susumu Takahashi has pioneered a new step forward toward the development of a fully functional quantum computer.