Articles by

Emily Conover

Physicists used LIGO’s mirrors to approach a quantum limit

Quantum mechanics usually applies to very small objects: atoms, electrons and the like. But physicists have now...

Physicists dream big with an idea for a particle collider on the moon

If you could peer into a particle physicist’s daydream, you might spy a vision of a giant...

Nuclear clocks could outdo atomic clocks as the most precise timepieces

Nuclear clocks could be the GOAT: Greatest of all timepieces. If physicists can build them, nuclear clocks...

Laser experiments suggest helium rain falls on Jupiter

Sprinkles of helium rain may fall on Jupiter. At pressures and temperatures present within the gas giant,...

Record-breaking light has more than a quadrillion electron volts of energy

The cosmos keeps outdoing itself. Extremely energetic light from space is an unexplained wonder of astrophysics, and...

A newfound quasicrystal formed in the first atomic bomb test

In an instant, the bomb obliterated everything. The tower it sat on and the copper wires strung...

A study of Earth’s crust hints that supernovas aren’t gold mines

A smattering of plutonium atoms embedded in Earth’s crust are helping to resolve the origins of nature’s...

Morphing noodles start flat but bend into curly pasta shapes as they’re cooked

This pasta is no limp noodle. When imprinted with carefully designed arrangements of grooves, flat pasta morphs...