Physics

Physicists strike gold and solve 50-year-old lightning mystery

Physicists strike gold and solve 50-year-old lightning mystery

Did you know: lightning can strike the same place several times? For example, the Empire State Building would be struck by lightning approximately 23 times per year. Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public domain The odds of being struck by lightning are less than one in a million, but those odds dropped dramatically this month when more than …

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Two black holes met by chance and created something never seen before

Two black holes met by chance and created something never seen before

The ripples in spacetime generated by colliding black holes have taught us a lot about these enigmatic objects. These gravitational waves encode information about black holes: their masses, the shape of their internal spiral towards each other, their spins and their orientations. From there, the scientists established that most of the collisions we’ve seen have …

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Mathematical theorem used to crack US government encryption algorithm

Mathematical theorem used to crack US government encryption algorithm

Credit: public domain CC0 In the digital age and the move towards quantum computing, protecting data from hacking attacks is one of our biggest challenges, and one that experts, governments and industries around the world whole are trying to answer. While this is an effort to build a more connected and secure future, it can …

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Max Planck and how the spectacular birth of quantum physics changed the world

Max Planck and how the spectacular birth of quantum physics changed the world

This is the first in a series of articles exploring the birth of quantum physics. We now live in the digital age. The landscape of technological wonders that surrounds us is something we owe to a hundred physicists who, at the dawn of the 20e century, were trying to figure out how atoms worked. They …

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Scientists Solve Major Mystery of Powerful Energy Beams Aimed at Earth

Scientists Solve Major Mystery of Powerful Energy Beams Aimed at Earth

Image: Pablo Garcia (NASA/MSFC) ABSTRACT breaks down mind-blowing scientific research, future technologies, new discoveries and major breakthroughs. After decades of effort, scientists have finally discovered the secret mechanism that powers the brightest light shows in the universe, which are emitted by absurdly energy beams that erupt from exploding galaxies known as blazars, a new study …

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Quantum algorithms save time in calculating electron dynamics

Quantum algorithms save time in calculating electron dynamics

The calculations make it possible to determine the electron densities and the changes after excitation with high spatial and temporal resolution. Here, the example of the lithium hydride molecule shows the shift in electron density from cyanide (red) to lithium (green) during a laser pulse. Credit: F. Langkabel / HZB Researchers investigated the ability of …

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