In his new book, Nobel laureate and cosmologist James Peebles points out that the universe is simpler than it appears.

In the late 1970s, French philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour spent two years at the Salk Institute observing molecular biologists the way an anthropologist might monitor a tribe of hunters/gatherers. Ultimately, Latour came to the view that scientific facts are not simply discovered but rather constructed through a social process that depends in part on … Read more

Researchers find new ways to guide fusion using lasers and magnetic fields

Associate Professor Arigit Bos is a new member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware. Received a grant from Sandia National Laboratory to study self-contained fusion that uses magnetizing pressure to produce nuclear fusion. Credit: Jeffrey C. Chase Imagine you’re trying to summon the Sun into your research lab. Yes, … Read more

Rocket launch to image supernova remnant

Cassiopeia A. Credit: NASA / CXC / SAO The Northwestern University astrophysics team aims to get the stars — well, a dead star, that is. On August 21, the NASA-funded team will launch the “Micro-X” program. Rocket From the White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The rocket will spend 15 minutes in space … Read more

A new theory in physics claims to solve the mystery of consciousness

Summary: Consciousness cannot be reduced to neural activity alone, the researchers say. A new study suggests that the dynamics of consciousness can be understood through a newly developed conceptual and mathematical framework. source: Bar Ilan University How does 1.4 kg of brain tissue create thoughts, feelings, mental images and an inner world? The brain’s ability … Read more

Another clue to the origin of the moon

Thin section of NASA sample, LAP 02436, Lunar Mare Basalt containing original noble gases. Image type: optical microscopy, polarized light. Credit: ETH Zurich/Patrizia Will Humanity has always maintained a fascination with the moon. However, it was not until the time of Galileo that scientists began to study it. Over the course of nearly five centuries, … Read more

New study overturns 100-year understanding of color perception

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new study corrects an important error in mathematical 3D space developed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Erwin Schrödinger and others and used by scientists and industry for more than 100 years to describe how your eye distinguishes one color from another. The research has the potential to enhance scientific data visualizations, … Read more

A new ground motion model that more accurately simulates earthquakes and explosions

Map of the western US study area showing the topography/bathymetry of the WUS256 field (outer thick black line), major physiographic regions named (black lines, Fenneman & Johnson, 1946), plate boundaries (red lines), hotspots (yellow diamonds, Müller et al. , 1993), and Pleistocene and Holocene volcanic centers (yellow squares and circles, respectively, World Volcanism Program (2013)). … Read more

NASA’s Fermi Telescope confirms that star debris is the source of extreme cosmic particles

Illustration of NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope in action. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab Astronomers have long sought release sites for some of the highest-energy protons in our galaxy. A recent study using 12 years of data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope confirms that a supernova remnant is … Read more