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Ball-Tracking Basketball Hoop Makes it Impossible To Miss a Shot

After designing a curved basketball backboard that redirects every shot through the hoop, Shane Wighton has engineered a new and improved version that’s even more forgiving by actively tracking a ball’s trajectory and then repositioning the backboard so every shot is nothin’ but net. Read More >>

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These Are the Machines Solving the Biggest Mysteries in Physics

Despite the stereotype of a lone, wild-haired Einstein working tirelessly at a chalkboard, today’s biggest discoveries in physics come from huge collaborations of scientists working on enormous apparatuses that can cost billions of dollars, often located in the most extreme places on Earth. After all, it’s just the fabric of the universe they’re trying to understand. Read More >>

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Astronomers May Have Found the Closest Black Hole to Earth

This black hole – if that’s really what it is – is so close to Earth that you can see its star system without a telescope. Read More >>

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Man Uses Physics and Computer Simulations to Design a Never-Miss Basketball Hoop

Does it really take years of practice and dedication on the basketball court to compete with the talents of NBA players? Apparently not. All you need is some basic knowledge of physics, access to computer simulation software, and enough tools to build a curved backboard that directs every shot through the hoop. Read More >>

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Where Did All the Antimatter Go? Scientists Are Closer to Finding Out

Particle physicists have released the results of a decade-long search, taking us a crucial step closer toward understanding where all of the universe’s antimatter has gone. Read More >>

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Why Do Physicists Keep Finding New States of Matter?

Ah, yes, the three states of matter: Solids, liquids, and gases. What a simple way to understand our physical world. Read More >>

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What You Need to Know About Honeywell’s New Quantum Computer

Business conglomerate and defence contractor Honeywell announced yesterday that it will bring what it claims is the most powerful quantum computer yet to market in the next three months. Read More >>

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Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? A New Report Describes What Needs to Change

A task force organised by the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit organisation made up of other American physics societies, has released the results of a study into why African American students are persistently underrepresented in receiving undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy. Read More >>

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Scientists Figured Out the Perfect Recipe For Making Gigantic Soap Bubbles

Now that most of the world’s major problems have been resolved, science is turning its attention to the less pressing issues plaguing humanity, including how to mix up the perfect soapy solution for making gigantic bubbles that don’t immediately pop. Read More >>

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This Locked Cabinet Holds the Answer to One of the Biggest Questions in Particle Physics

A 50-foot ring topped with white insulation sits attached to wires, pipes, and other electrical components in a warehouse on Fermilab’s northern Illinois campus. Scientists taking data with this device have the potential to rock the field of particle physics to its core, but they’re missing a crucial number to make their final calculation: the ticking speed of a clock that’s kept in a back room hidden in a locked compartment. Today, only two people know this value, and they keep it in hidden envelopes. They’re not telling anyone what it is. Read More >>

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‘Remarkable’ Mathematical Proof Describes How to Solve Seemingly Impossible Computing Problem

You enter a cave. At the end of a dark corridor, you encounter a pair of sealed chambers. Inside each chamber is an all-knowing wizard. The prophecy says that with these oracles’ help, you can learn the answers to unanswerable problems. But there’s a catch: the oracles don’t always tell the truth. And though they cannot communicate with each other, their seemingly random responses to your questions are actually connected by the very fabric of the universe. To get the answer you seek, you must first devise... the questions. Read More >>

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A Major New Particle Collider Is Coming to the US

The US Department of Energy has decided on the final location of a major upcoming American particle collider: Brookhaven National Lab on Long Island in New York. Read More >>

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Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Read More >>

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Scientists Link Silicon Qubits Over (Relatively) Huge Distances

Scientists have linked two silicon quantum bits with photons over a relatively large distance. The new advance could end up being a watershed moment for a lesser-known quantum computing processor architecture, bringing silicon quantum computer a step closer to reality. Read More >>

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Why Did Scientists Cool Lego to Nearly Absolute Zero?

Scientists cooled Lego to nearly absolute zero – and hope to one day incorporate a Lego-style material into a quantum computer. Read More >>