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6 times quantum physics blew us away in 2022

6 times quantum physics blew us away in 2022

The quantum world defies common sense at every turn. Shaped over hundreds of thousands of years by biological evolution, our modern human brain struggles to understand things outside of our familiar naturalistic context. It is easy to understand a predator chasing prey across a grassy plain; understanding most anything that happens at subatomic scales can …

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6 times quantum physics blew us away in 2022

6 times quantum physics blew us away in 2022

The quantum world defies common sense at every turn. Shaped over hundreds of thousands of years by biological evolution, our modern human brain struggles to understand things outside of our familiar naturalistic context. It is easy to understand a predator chasing prey across a grassy plain; understanding most anything that happens at subatomic scales can …

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Physicists are rewriting a quantum rule that conflicts with our universe

Physicists are rewriting a quantum rule that conflicts with our universe

“There are certain configurations of the future that don’t match anything from the past,” Cotler said. “There is nothing in the past that could evolve in them.” Giddings proposed a similar principle for ruling out the paradoxical states he encountered while studying black holes last year. He calls it “history matters”, and he argues that …

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“Decolonizing Light”: A Canadian University Project Aims to Redefine “Physics as a Social Domain” |  The daily thread

“Decolonizing Light”: A Canadian University Project Aims to Redefine “Physics as a Social Domain” | The daily thread

A Canadian university is embarking on a project to fundamentally change physics as a science by “decolonizing light.” A group of researchers from all disciplines at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, are working on the project, which aims to change the way the science of physics is viewed as an academic discipline, according to a …

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Does Consciousness Require a Brain to Explain Why the Laws of Physics Don’t Actually Exist (Planet Earth Report Weekend)

Published on December 10, 2022 in Planet Earth, Science This weekend’s stories include What the World’s Largest Liquid Mirror Telescope Means for Astronomy to How Mass Extinction and Evolution Are Intertwined, and much more. Consciousness may not require a brain–Are plants conscious? asks Annaka Harris, New York Times bestselling author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide …

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Scientists come up with a mind-bending plan to search for dark matter and new physics near the Sun

Scientists come up with a mind-bending plan to search for dark matter and new physics near the Sun

The sun. Image: NASA via Getty Images ABSTRACT breaks down mind-blowing scientific research, future technologies, new discoveries and major breakthroughs. Physicists have proposed a mind-boggling space mission that could finally reveal the true nature of dark matter, an enigmatic substance considered one of science’s greatest unsolved mysteries, a new study reports. Dark matter is about …

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Particle physics in a humble glass chip: how quantum optics illuminates the nature of the quark

Particle physics in a humble glass chip: how quantum optics illuminates the nature of the quark

Schematic illustration of a holonomy. Scientists from the University of Rostock in Germany have been able to recreate fundamental physical properties from the field of elementary particle physics in a photonic system. The results are published in Natural Physics. In their fundamental research, experimental physicists routinely use gigantic but complex machines: huge particle accelerators smash …

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Shedding new light on oil slick rainbows and other thin film physics

Shedding new light on oil slick rainbows and other thin film physics

This microscope image shows rainbow colors in a flat sheet of layered liquids. Credit: David Hoffman/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory When sunlight reflects off an oily puddle in a parking lot, it creates a swirling rainbow of colors. This is because of the thin film interference principle, which explains how light reflects off different layers, or …

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Notorious computational problem-solving method speeds up particle physics calculations

For decades, theoretical particle physicists have struggled with tricky computational problems called Feynman integrals. They are at the heart of all the calculations they perform, from predicting the degree of magnetism of a particle called a muon to estimating the speed at which Higgs bosons should emerge at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Now theorists …

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