Landmark detection of gravitational waves subject of Oct. 3 Segrè Lecture

Rainer Weiss, the physicist who initially designed the experiment that one year ago first detected gravitational waves, will discuss the groundbreaking results and prospects for using gravitational wa..

Construction of next-gen dark matter detector moves forward

Scientists install a mini version of the future LZ dark matter detector on a test stand. The white container is a prototype of the detector’s core. For the dark matter hunt, LZ’s core will be filled w..

Creating antimatter via lasers?

Dramatic advances in laser technologies are enabling novel studies to explore laser-matter interactions at ultrahigh intensity. By focusing high-power laser pulses, electric fields (of orders of magnitude greater than found within...

Scientists find twisting 3-D raceway for electrons in nanoscale crystal slices

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) The international team of...

In exploring the ‘now,’ new book links flow of time with Big Bang

A simple question from his wife – Does physics really allow people to travel back in time? – propelled physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him through..

Closing in on high-temperature superconductivity

The quest to know the mysterious recipe for high-temperature superconductivity, which could enable revolutionary advances in technologies that make or use electricity, just took a big leap forward thanks to new...

Quantum effects observed in ‘one-dimensional’ wires

Researchers have observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional 'quantum wires' and observing the interactions between them. The results could be used to aid in the development of...

What happened after the lights came on in the universe?

An experiment to explore the aftermath of cosmic dawn, when stars and galaxies first lit up the universe, has received nearly $10 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to expand its ..

More to rainbows than meets the eye

In-depth review charts the scientific understanding of rainbows and highlights the many practical applications of this fascinating interaction between light, liquid and gas. There's more to rai..

PNNL helping make hydropower cheaper, more fish-friendly

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Enabling fish to migrate past dams could cost a fraction of conventional fish ladders with the help of a new study of the so-called Salmon Cannon, which transports fish through a fl..