News tagged with gravitational physics

Explainer: What is mass?

When it comes to electrons, Higgs bosons or photons, they don't have much going for them. They possess spin, charge, mass and … that's about it.

dateNov 12, 2015 in General Physics
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May the fifth force be with you

Discovering possible new forces in nature is no mean task. The discovery of gravity linked to Newton's arguably apocryphal apple experiment has remained anchored in popular culture. In January 1986, Ephraim Fischbach, Physics ...

dateOct 27, 2015 in General Physics
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Seeing quantum motion

Consider the pendulum of a grandfather clock. If you forget to wind it, you will eventually find the pendulum at rest, unmoving. However, this simple observation is only valid at the level of classical physics—the laws ...

dateAug 28, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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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 year ahead in science

Some serious groundwork has been laid. Some amazing instruments are turning on. Some incredible destinations are in sight. If you ask us, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in science.

dateJan 05, 2015 in Other
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What is the value of G?

NIST has taken part in a new push to address a persistent and growing problem in physics: the value of G. The Newtonian constant of gravitation, used to calculate the attractive force of gravity between objects, is more than ...

dateOct 28, 2014 in General Physics
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