We’ve created a new way to explore the fundamental constituents of the universe.
Quanta MagazineFor a framework that encapsulates our best understanding of nature’s fundamental order, the Standard Model of particle physics still lacks a coherent visualization. We’ve created a new way to explore it here
The p-adics form an infinite collection of number systems based on prime numbers. They’re at the heart of modern number theory.
Quanta MagazineIn a new explainer, @kelseyahe shows how an alien-seeming universe of numbers called the p-adics provides mathematicians with well-behaved number systems for investigating questions about the troublesome rational numbers.
Physicists have reached a long-sought goal. The catch is that their room-temperature superconductor requires crushing pressures to keep from falling apart.
Quanta MagazineIn a scientific landmark, physicists have discovered a material that conducts electricity with perfect efficiency at room temperature. But there is a crushing caveat, @walkingthedot reports.
Quanta MagazineTo achieve superconductivity at a balmy 59 degrees Farenheit, a team of physicists first had to crack through dozens of diamonds. “That’s the biggest problem with our research, the diamond budget,” said materials physicist Ranga Dias.
The physicist Jeff Gore tests theories about microbe communities experimentally and finds new rules governing ecological stability.
Quanta MagazineMicrobial ecologists tend to confront the complexity of their field with a “top-down” approach. But drawing on his training as a physicist, Jeff Gore is categorizing the frenzied dynamics of microbial ecosystems one microbe at a time.
The ingredients for reactions ancestral to metabolism could have formed very easily in the primordial soup, new work suggests.
Quanta MagazineA new study published today in @NatureChemistry shows that nearly all the ingredients for a potential forerunner to cellular metabolism could have formed easily from just two simple compounds reacting in water.
Quanta MagazineA new, open-minded approach to studying the origins of life made it “embarrassingly easy” to produce molecules that could have laid the foundations for metabolism in the first cells.
In theory, the particles could reveal whether a reactor is building up plutonium for weapons. US energy experts are starting to take the idea seriously.
Quanta MagazineNature’s lightest particle could be the key to ironclad defense treaties, @ScolesSarah reports for @WIRED. Neutrino detectors may be able to verify that nuclear reactors are producing power, not weapons.