Category: Theory

Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

Theorists perplexed by hints of unexpected new particle

Physicists may soon know if a potential new subatomic particle is something beyond their wildest dreams — or if it exists at all. Hints of the new particle emerged last December at the Large Hadron Collider. Theorists have churned out hundreds of papers attempting to explain the existence of the particle —assuming it’s not a […]

New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

An international team of researchers have found evidence of a mysterious new state of matter, first predicted 40 years ago, in a real material. This state, known as a quantum spin liquid, causes electrons – thought to be indivisible building blocks of nature – to break into pieces. The researchers, including physicists from the University […]

This scientist found a way to make battery parts with bread mold

Geoff GaddNeurospora growing on a plate. Geoff Gadd, a professor of biology at the University of Dundee in Scotland, learned that when he puts the mold in a container with urea and manganese, a mineral called manganese carbonate will form around the spindly arms of the fungus. The trick works because mold secretes the enzyme […]

Crucial Superconducting Theory Confirmed

Crucial Superconducting Theory Confirmed

Superconductivity promises to revolutionize our world with efficient transport, cheaper electricity, and even hoverboards. Although it’s still a long road to that technology, a crucial theory has just been confirmed that could help. The superconducting state happens suddenly when electrons in the material join in pairs. This formation is due to internal electrical currents that […]

Newest CERN Results Indicate There Is Something Very Wrong With Particle Physics

Newest CERN Results Indicate There Is Something Very Wrong With Particle Physics

Science is always pushing the limit of accepted theories until we find that they don’t work anymore. And the latest results from CERN indicate that we might be on the verge of new physics. The data looks at a special particle called a B meson. The current theory of particle physics, the Standard Model, has […]

Oldest Human DNA Ever Sequenced Could Rewrite Human Evolutionary Tree

Oldest Human DNA Ever Sequenced Could Rewrite Human Evolutionary Tree

Researchers have managed to sequence a section of the oldest human DNA ever, taken from the 430,000-year-old teeth and thigh bones of fossils found in northern Spain. What they’ve been able to determine from this impressive feat could rewrite the evolutionary tree of ancient human species, including those that eventually gave rise to us. Starting in 1997, […]

New tyrannosaur bridges gap from medium to monstrous

New tyrannosaur bridges gap from medium to monstrous

A fossil from a new species of dinosaur is helping to bridge a crucial 20-million-year gap in tyrannosaur evolution. The key fossil is a 90-million-year-old, grapefruit-sized partial skull from Uzbekistan’s Bissekty Formation. This tyrannosaur braincase, the first well-preserved one found from the mid-Cretaceous period, shows that, although still small, tyrannosaurs of the time already had […]

Dinosaur Legs Grown On Genetically Modified Chicken Embryos In World First

Dinosaur Legs Grown On Genetically Modified Chicken Embryos In World First

Sixty-six million years ago, the age of the dinosaurs came to a dramatic close as a huge asteroid impact accelerated them on a path towards extinction. Not all of them died out, however; those that survived went on to become today’s birds. Scientists are still trying to carefully map out the anatomical changes that occurred […]

Mending Body Parts From Fat Cells

Mending Body Parts From Fat Cells

Most people would be happy to get rid of excess body fat. Even better: Trade the spare tire for something useful — say, better-functioning knees or hips, or a fix for an ailing heart or a broken bone. The idea is not far-fetched, some scientists say. Researchers worldwide are repurposing discarded fat to repair body parts damaged […]