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Physicists have proposed a mechanism for "cosmological collapse" that predicts that the universe will soon stop expanding and collapse in on itself, obliterating all matter as we know it. Read the associated Physical Review Letters abstract.

source: Phys.Org

Author Simon Singh claims Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs boson in a 1998 episode of The Simpsons. In The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace episode, Homer is shown in front of a blackboard working on an equation. Twelve years later,...

source: The Telegraph

Two researchers have figured out how to bend sound and adjust temperature using magnetic fields. It takes really huge magnets, to be sure — bigger than anything even the average scientist has laying around, but the findings could, they say, improve power plant efficiency...

source: The Columbus Dispatch

Quantum computers—theoretical machines which can process certain large and difficult problems exponentially faster than classical computers—have been a mainstay of science fiction for decades. But actually building one has proven incredibly challenging.

source: Gizmodo

Mirrors need not be equal-opportunity reflectors. A newly fabricated mirror reflects only a single wavelength of light; all other wavelengths pass through undisturbed.The mirror is among the latest devices constructed from optical metamaterials — synthetic substances...

source: ScienceNews

In his latest book, the Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg explores how science made the modern world, and where it might take us from here.

source: Quanta Magazine


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