Physics

Illustration of the possible layout of the quarks in a pentaquark. (Illustration courtesy of CERN)

Scientists Discover Elusive Subatomic Particle – The Pentaquark – By Accident

Accidents happen, and in a recent scientific accident in Switzerland researchers stumbled upon one more subatomic piece of the mysterious puzzle known as matter — the pentaquark.

07/21/2015

Justin Rose at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

How Science Helps Golfers Drain Those Tricky Putts

Tips from physics, physiology, and maybe even music can help you improve your score…

06/10/2015

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What Would Happen If You Dropped A Super Ball Off The Empire State Building?

The Super Ball is so ubiquitous even the Super Bowl was supposedly inspired by it, and now physics know exactly why and how it does its super things.

05/22/2015

Amtrak Derailment on May 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images / Anadolu Agency)

The Physics Of The Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment: What Happens When Steel Rails Do Battle With Steel Traveling At 106 MPH

Double the train’s speed and you quadruple the centripetal force on the rails.

05/14/2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Professor Peter Higgs stands in front of a photograph of the Large Hadron Collider at the  Science Museum's 'Collider' exhibition on November 12, 2013 in London, England. At the exhibition, which opens to the public on November 13, 2013  visitors will see a theatre, video and sound art installation and artefacts from the Large Hadron Collider, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva. It touches on the discovery of the Higgs boson, or God particle, the realisation of scientist Peter Higgs theory.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

No April Fool’s Joke: Physicists Have A Sense Of Humor, ‘Confirm The Force Is Real’

The folks running the Large Hadron Collider, the same multi-billion dollar, miles-long machine that found the Higgs Boson God Particle “confirmed” today, April 1st, that THE Force described in Star Wars exists and guides its physicists. Just ask lead scientist, Dr. Ben Kenobi.

04/01/2015

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Our Universe Is Ending Sooner Than We Thought, Scientists Say

According to a new study, our universe is bound to be ripped to shreds in the next tens of billions of years — a relatively short span of time in the cosmological scale of things.

03/25/2015

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Miracle Or Just Science? Physicist Explains Why SF Window-Washer Survived 11-Story Fall

A window washer survived an 11-story fall from the roof of a building in San Francisco’s Financial District Friday. Witnesses, including the driver of the car he landed on, were astonished to find the victim landed on the ground, injured, but still alive.

11/22/2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  Professor Peter Higgs stands in front of a photograph of the Large Hadron Collider at the  Science Museum's 'Collider' exhibition on November 12, 2013 in London, England. At the exhibition, which opens to the public on November 13, 2013  visitors will see a theatre, video and sound art installation and artefacts from the Large Hadron Collider, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva. It touches on the discovery of the Higgs boson, or God particle, the realisation of scientist Peter Higgs theory.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Stephen Hawking: ‘God Particle’ Could Destroy Universe, If Higgs Boson Research Ever Got Big Enough

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking believes the recently discovered Higgs boson, also known as the “God particle,” has the potential to unravel the universe, at least theoretically, as he writes in the forward of a new book on space travel.

09/08/2014

Left fielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the Oakland Athletics chases down a flyball off the bat of Mike Trout (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for an out in the first inning to at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 10, 2014 in Anaheim. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Physicist Analyzes A’s Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ Spectacular Throw To Home Plate

Every now and then, the sports world gives us something that is truly hard to believe. A throw made by Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during Tuesday night’s game has many people shaking their heads.

06/11/2014

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Lawrence Berkeley Lab Scientist Wins Nobel Prize In Physics

Saul Perlmutter, head of the Supernova Cosmology Project at the University of California, Berkeley was awakened early Tuesday to learn he was one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.

10/04/2011