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New metamaterial is proved to be the world's first to achieve the performance predicted by theoretical bounds

In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends.

Forget what you've learned - scientists just created a stable helium compound

While other noble gas elements have shown signs of forming compounds under extreme pressure, helium has remained firmly exclusive - until now. Scientists report creating what appears to be a stable helium-sodium compound, and it challenges some of the most basic assumptions of modern chemistry.

The Missing Universe: CERN Has Started Searching for "Dark Photons"

Dark matter seems to outweigh visible matter roughly six to one, making up about 27% of the universe. Physicists from CERN now believe there's a fifth universal force that rules the behavior of dark matter, and is transmitted by a particle called the dark photon.

Physicists have found a metal that conducts electricity but not heat

Researchers have identified a metal that conducts electricity without conducting heat - an incredibly useful property that defies our current understanding of how conductors work.

Physicists created Black Hole in the lab that could finally prove Hawking Radiation

Stephen Hawking was the first to propose that not everything that comes in contact with a black hole succumbs to its immense gravity and inevitable nothingness. In fact, tiny particles of light, known as photons, are sometimes ejected back out of the black hole, robbing it of energy. This gradual loss of mass over time means that every black hole eventually evaporates out of existence.

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Big News: Gravitational waves confirmed for the first time

Physicists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in spacetime first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago. It's a huge deal, because it not only improves our understanding of how the Universe works, it also opens up a whole new way of studying it.

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The gravitational wave signal was detected...

Four new elements to be added to periodic table

Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118, announcing that there is now enough evidence to give them permanent places on the periodic table, which means they’ll also need new, official names.

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A Russian-American team at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in...

Scientists discovered a new dimension to high-temperature superconductivity


Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A team led by scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory combined powerful magnetic pulses with some of the brightest X-rays on the planet to discover a surprising 3-D arrangement of a material's electrons that appears closely linked to a mysterious phenomenon known as high-temperature superconductivity.

Scientists Measure Force Binding Antiprotons Together

Physicists have shed new light on one of the greatest mysteries in science: Why the Universe consists primarily of matter and not antimatter.


Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory

For the first time, scientists have measured the forces that make certain antimatter particles stick together.
The findings, published in

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