Best of Last Week: Big Bang singularity, unlocking Earth's inner core and another problem with antibiotics
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning
Researcher shows that black holes do not exist
Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, from Star Trek to Hollywood. They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe ...
The unifying framework of symmetry reveals properties of a broad range of physical systems
Symmetry is one of the most fundamental concepts in nature, and it can give rise to profound and wide-reaching physical effects. A one-dimensional wire, for example, has a different symmetry and very different ...
Higgs boson could also explain the earliest expansion of the Universe
Fedor Bezrukov from the RIKEN–BNL Research Center and Mikhail Shaposhnikov from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne propose that the Higgs boson, which was recently confirmed to be the ...
The first supercomputer simulations of 'spin–orbit' forces between neutrons and protons in an atomic nucleus
Protons and neutrons are held together at the center of an atom by powerful nuclear forces. A theory that can describe the interaction between just two of these subatomic particles could potentially be extended ...
HADES searches for dark matter
Although Dark Energy and Dark Matter appear to constitute over 95 percent of the universe, nobody knows of which particles they are made up. Astrophysicists now crossed one potential Dark Matter candidate ...
ISOLDE sheds light on dying stars
What happens inside a dying star? A recent experiment at CERN's REX accelerator offers clues that could help astrophysicists to recalculate the ages of some of the largest explosions in the universe.
Smashing protons into lead ions creates quark-gluon plasma that behaves like liquid
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland is best known for its discovery of the Higgs boson, formed during collisions between bunches of protons ...
Simple theory may explain dark matter
Most of the matter in the universe may be made out of particles that possess an unusual, donut-shaped electromagnetic field called an anapole.
Accelerators can search for signs of Planck-scale gravity
Higgs boson: Landmark announcement clears key hurdle
The announcement two months ago that physicists have discovered a particle consistent with the famous Higgs boson cleared a formal hurdle on Monday with publication in a peer-reviewed journal.