News tagged with field theory

Harnessing the power of waste

What are you wearing right now? It's not a pickup line—it's a measure of your carbon footprint. If you're sporting any man-made fabrics, like polyester, Dacron or rayon, you're clothed in chemicals derived from nonrenewable ...

dateAug 05, 2015 in Materials Science
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How researchers listen for gravitational waves

A century ago, Albert Einstein postulated the existence of gravitational waves in his General Theory of Relativity. But until now, these distortions of space-time have remained stubbornly hidden from direct observation. At ...

dateMay 28, 2015 in General Physics
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The science that stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since. That year, Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450° Fahrenheit and ...

dateJul 01, 2014 in Superconductivity
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Mapping the road to quantum gravity

The road uniting quantum field theory and general relativity – the two great theories of modern physics – has been impassable for 80 years. Could a tool from condensed matter physics finally help map the way?

dateApr 23, 2014 in General Physics
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