Spin a coin on a flat surface, and it spirals much like a planet orbiting a star — at least until it runs out of steam and rattles to a stop on the table. But spin a wedding ring the same way, and it will make a surprising abrupt turn, following a trajectory more like...
Today’s electronic computer chips work at blazing speeds. But an alternate version that stores, manipulates, and moves data with photons of light instead of electrons would make today’s chips look like proverbial horses and buggies. Now, one team of researchers...
Astronomers have been left scratching their heads after an international team failed to find evidence for gravitational waves in 11 years' worth of radio-telescope observations. The team had expected to see a modulation in the arrival time of pulsar signals caused by gravitational...
A new kind of device that can store information using the magnetic permeability of a material has been created by physicists in the U.S. The devices could be much more stable than conventional magnetic data-storage devices, which can be corrupted by stray magnetic fields....
Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there.
The scandal surrounding the underinflated footballs in the New England Patriots’ playoff game against the Colts this past January, dubbed “Deflategate,” is one of the most bizarre sports stories of recent memory. In sports...
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