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Physics Week in Review: May 20, 2017
Could dark matter be a self-annihilating WIMP? Might a newly discovered "cold spot" be evidence for a multiverse? And could Scrooge McDuck really swim in a pool of gold coins? These and other nifty stories are among this week's physics...
Physics Week in Review: May 13, 2017
Among this week's cornucopia of physics news: a nanofridge to help qubits keep their cool; WiFi can be used to create holograms; and CERN's new particle accelerator could help spot art forgeries. My latest news story for New Scientist: Nanofridge...
Physics Week in Review: May 6, 2017
Swirling bacteria are linked to phase transitions, the first "sounds" from the void in Saturn's rings, and using cosmic rays to search for hidden tombs in Turkey are among this week's physics highlights. But first! May the Fourth be with...
Physics Week in Review: April 29, 2017
This week's physics highlights include hints of the quark-gluon plasma at the LHC; "spectral fingerprinting" that can see through concrete; and the physics of cracking an egg. A Tiny Droplet of the Early Universe: Particles seen by ALICE experiment hint...
Physics Week in Review: April 22, 2017
Scientists are marching on behalf of science all over the country today, in case you haven't heard--despite the controversy about what one might call the diversity question. Per The Atlantic, Marching scientists will have a lot in common with angry...
Physics Week in Review: April 15, 2017
This week's highlights: new evidence for hydrothermal havens in Saturn's moon, Enceladus; the physics of why your shoelaces come untied all by themselves; and the mathematics of the probability of Red Shirts dying in Star Trek, compared to other cast...
Physics Week in Review: April 8, 2017
This week's physics highlights include new quantitative tools to combat gerrymandering; graphene helps make sea water potable; and the full performance of the Star Trek inspired Caltech musical To Boldly Go is now on YouTube. Horseshoe Bats Wiggle Their Way...
Physics Week in Review (No Fooling Edition): April 1, 2017
Yes, we know it's technically April Fool's Day, but Jen-Luc Piquant has never been a fan of this tradition, especially in the Internet era. So consider this week's roundup of links an April Fool's Day Free Zone--okay, except for The...
Physics Week in Review: March 25, 2017
Among this week's physics highlights: five new subatomic particles turn up at the LHC, solving the mystery of why drops splash, and whether quantum mechanics can help psychologists understand humor. My latest short news story for New Scientist: Math explains...
Physics Week in Review (Pi Day Edition): March 18, 2017
This week's physics highlights include solving the riddle of cosmic dust, absolute zero is now a mathematical outlaw, and the discovery of five new charmed baryons by the LHCb experiment at CERN. But first: there was a lot of online...
Physics Week in Review: March 11, 2017
This week's physics highlights: time crystals are back in the news, the physics of Saint Laurent's "no-heel" shoe, and physicists mourn the passing of LIGO pioneer Ron Drever. Check out my latest feature for Quanta: Why Did Life Move to...
Physics Week in Review: March 4, 2017
This week's physics highlights include more doubts cast on claims of metallic hydrogen; superfluids have quantum storms; and researchers grow an electronic rose. Hey, I wrote a short news article for New Scientist on Why the dark net is more...
Physics Week in Review: February 25, 2017
Physics lost one of its brightest lights this week: R.I.P. Mildred Dresselhaus: In five decades at MIT, the “Queen of Carbon Science” was a tireless champion of gender equity in science and engineering. Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’: A decades-old...
Physics Week in Review: February 18, 2017
Jen-Luc Piquant was in Boston much of this week, partly for the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting. But the physics round-up is still here. First, in honor of Valentine's day, here are some Physics Love Poems from...
Physics Week in Review: February 11, 2017
This week's physics highlights: AI can help solve the many-body quantum systems puzzle; a starlight experiment reaffirms quantum weirdness; and the curious case of cockroach magnetization. I wrote about a super-cool new paper for New Scientist. AI learns to solve...
Physics Week in Review: February 4, 2017
This week's physics highlights: we aren't living in a hologram, the physics of dinosaurs, and a new explosive method for making buckets of graphene. I wrote another article for New Scientist this week: World’s first time crystals cooked up using...
Physics Week in Review [Defending Science Edition]: January 28, 2017
It's been a long, sad week for those who care about science, truth, and common decency. Leaders of science organizations say they're being shunned by the Trump administration. “I’ve never seen the scientific community so concerned,” said [physicist and former...
Physics Week in Review: January 21, 2017
We're deluged with much-needed rain here in Los Angeles, but Jen-Luc Piquant nonetheless managed to collect her usual collection of nifty physics stuff on the Web this week. First, as a palate cleanser, check out this transfixing audiovisual dive into...
Physics Week in Review: January 14, 2017
This week, I wrote about the latest results from the XENON100 experiment for New Scientist, and it's not promising news for the DAMA collaboration. No sign of seasonal dark matter after four years of searching. Scientists Have Twisted Molecules Into...
Physics Week in Review: January 7, 2016
It's a brand new year, and back to business after the holiday season. So Jen-Luc Piquant has a fresh batch of physics goodness around the Interwebs for you to savor. 3-D Fractals Offer Clues to Complex Systems. By folding fractals...
Physics Week in Review: December 24, 2016
It's Christmas Eve and Jen-Luc Piquant needs to be out celebrating with friends and family, so we'll keep this week's physics links round-up short and sweet. And Happy Holidays to all, whether you celebrate Christmas or another holiday this time...
Physics Week in Review: December 17, 2016
Just a quick and dirty roundup of physics links today, as we head into the Christmas holiday.... Grand Unification Dream Kept at Bay. Physicists have failed to find disintegrating protons, throwing into limbo the beloved theory that the forces of...
Physics Week in Review: December 10, 2016
Jen-Luc Piquant is catching up on links after another week of travel. (It's just that time of year....) This week was the awarding of the $25 Million in Breakthrough Prizes Given in Science and Math at a star-studded gala event...
Physics Week in Review: November 26, 2016
Hope everyone had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday. There was still plenty of good physics about. For instance, I had fun writing about the fluid dynamics of the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood for New Scientist, featuring new work by Nicole Sharp,...
Physics Week in Review: November 19, 2016
Jen-Luc Piquant is back with her usual round of physics links. First off: a reminder that the world needs scientific values more than ever. Related: Dan Rather: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Stand Up for Science. Also: Who will...
Physics Week in Review: November 5, 2016
The cocktail party is back after a much-needed vacation, with your weekly physics highlights round up. First and foremost, I'm delighted to be back writing for Quanta with this feature on a fascinating new hypothesis by physicist Matthew Fisher. A...
Physics Week in Review: Vacation Edition, October 14, 2016
The cocktail party will be on vacation for the rest of October, as Jen-Luc Piquant and the Time Lord kick back in London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. We'll be back with weekly physics roundups on November 5. In the meantime, here's...
Physics Week in Review [Nobel Edition]: October 8, 2016
It was a big week for science--Nobel Prize week, to be exact. And the question weighing on JenLuc Piquant's mind was, would the physics prize go to LIGO or not? Lots of folks were rooting for LIGO, but the prize...
Physics Week in Review: October 1, 2016
Yesterday was my last as science editor at Gizmodo. It's been a wild ride the last year, with trials and judgements, bankruptcy, and sale to a new owner. Somehow we all managed to pull together and keep putting out great...
Physics Week in Review: September 24, 2016
Jen-Luc Piquant took a week off from compiling cool physics links, but she's back now! A breakthrough quantum "cat state" experiment with iodine molecules, a new distance record for quantum teleportation, and how Moneyball's basic strategy could help researchers better...
Physics Week in Review: September 10, 2016
Physicists detect cosmic neutrinos, a working "blood laser," and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek were among this week's physics highlights. Me at Gizmodo: Imposter Supernova Has Erupted At Least Three Times. "The star system Eta Carinae has puzzled...
Physics Week in Review: September 3, 2016
This week's physics highlights included a strong SETI signal that turned out to be of terrestrial origin, a SpaceX rocket was destroyed at Cape Canaveral, and physicist James Cronin died at 84. Me at Gizmodo: The Same Microbe That Led...
Physics Week in Review: August 27, 2016
Among this week's physics highlights: The closest exoplanet yet has been discovered in the Proxima Centauri star system, the discovery of the pentaquark has been confirmed (again), and the Dragonfly 44 galaxy is made up almost entirely of dark matter....
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