January 5, 1996 |
Physicists for the first time have created atoms of antimatter, offering hope of finding clues to one of the most perplexing of mysteries: Why is our universe made of matter and not antimatter? And why does matter exist at all? According to news reports Thursday, the first anti-atoms were created at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. Some U.S. physicists were not aware of the result, but when informed they weren't surprised, because the finding was expected.
January 19, 2001 |
In a feat akin to catching lightning in a bottle, researchers have been able to reduce the speed of light from 186,000 miles per second to zero, trapping light beams for short periods of time before allowing them to burst forth again at full speed. The achievement does not break any laws of physics, but it does illustrate the mysterious, bewildering world of quantum physics, where things are not always what they seem and where physicists often do the seemingly impossible.
April 27, 1994 |
Scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced Tuesday that they have detected strong evidence of an elusive particle at the heart of all matter in the universe, providing the best proof yet of the hidden structure of the material world. "We aren't looking at the face of God, but we are deciphering his handwriting," said Thomas Muller, a UCLA physicist who was a member of the team that detected the presence of the top quark, as the subatomic particle is known.
July 14, 1995 |
In a discovery that experts are calling breathtaking and beautiful--and of "Nobel Prize caliber"--physicists at the University of Colorado at Boulder have created an entirely new state of matter. It exists only in the coldest spot in the universe, which is currently a carrot-size tube in the laboratory of physicists Carl Weiman and Eric Cornell.
April 1, 1990 |
Silent and apparently inert, Stephen W. Hawking sits in the wheelchair to which he is confined, as members of a film crew buzz around him on a sound stage, shooting him from almost every conceivable angle. However you look at it, Hawking is not your average leading man. Yet here he sits, up on a pedestal in front of a blue screen, as the cameras bestow upon him all the attention usually reserved for a Redford, Eastwood or Costner.
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July 30, 1998 |
She slinks on stage in skintight silver lame pants, belting out ballads about the Big Bang, the vacuum, gallium arsenide, bosons, fermions and other subjects normally found in physics texts. She tosses her long auburn locks, cracking jokes about curved space and subatomic particles. "There's going to be a quiz at the end of the show," she says. "Anyone who fails has to walk the Planck scale [the minimum-size scale in quantum physics]."
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May 2, 1993 |
Christy Fair learned an immutable law of physics last week: An egg dropped from a gym roof minus a proper encasement equals yolk all over the pavement. "My project just wasn't sturdy enough," said a disappointed Fair, a junior and one of about 100 science students at Torrance's Bishop Montgomery High School who participated in the school's second annual egg-drop contest. "It should have been able to handle more shock. Now, it's breakfast."
November 17, 1999 |
It's not every day that a revolution in physics is announced by a ranting and raving guy who gets carried off by two men in white coats. Yet that's more or less what happened to Caltech physicist John Schwarz in the summer of 1984. To be fair, the ravings were a prearranged part of a physics "cabaret" put on as pure entertainment at the Aspen Center for Physics in Colorado.
October 11, 2000 |
"I don't know why nobody had seen it before," Jack Kilby said Tuesday of the flash of insight he experienced in 1958, a few weeks after starting work at Texas Instruments. His insight--that electrical components such as transistors, resistors and capacitors could all be manufactured out of the same material, silicon, and could therefore be etched on a single chip of the material--helped launch a trillion-dollar industry and revolutionized daily life around the world.