Destiny of science modeled and explained in new study

Credit: CC0 Public Domain What is the common thread among mRNA vaccines, genomic drugs, NASA’s mission to the moon and the harnessing of nuclear power? They all have been products of science convergence, where knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines is integrated into new overarching knowledge that propels modern civilization. In the last 70 years, convergence … Read more

“Information Can Escape a Black Hole Both On the Outside and Possibly to Another Universe” (Stephen Hawking’s Paradox)

Posted on Jun 26, 2022 in Black Holes, Physics, Science It has been said that Newton gave us answers; Stephen Hawking gave us questions. A trio of physicists appear one step closer to solving the black-hole information paradox, one of the most intriguing physics mysteries of our time. Things can get out of a black … Read more

Long-term liquid water also on non-Earth-like planets?

Low-mass planets with a primordial atmosphere of hydrogen and helium might have the temperatures and pressures that allow water in the liquid phase. The presence of liquid water is favorable for life, so that these planets potentially harbor exotic habitats for billions of years. Credit: © (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) – Thibaut Roger – Universität Bern … Read more

“Information Can Escape a Black Hole Both On the Outside and Possibly to Another Universe” (Stephen Hawking’s Paradox)

Posted on Jun 26, 2022 in Black Holes, Physics, Science It has been said that Newton gave us answers; Stephen Hawking gave us questions. A trio of physicists appear one step closer to solving the black-hole information paradox, one of the most intriguing physics mysteries of our time. Things can get out of a black … Read more

Taking quantum control of life’s building blocks

Illustration of a carbon molecule laser cooling. Credit: Nicoletta Barolini, Columbia University Life (as we know it) is based on carbon. Despite its ubiquity, this important element still holds plenty of secrets, on earth and in the heavens above us. For example, astrophysicists like Columbia’s Daniel Wolf Savin who study interstellar clouds want to understand … Read more

With roommates, it’s all about chemistry, molecularly speaking

Paenibacillus bacteria shown to be colonized in a Petri dish. In the test home, the bacterial species was associated with coffee molecules and found where coffee was prepared. The bacteria may have healthful properties. Credit: Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob, Wikimedia Within and upon every human being resides countless microorganisms—the microbiota that help shape and direct the … Read more

World’s biggest bacterium found in Caribbean mangrove swamp

This microscope photo provided by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in June 2022 shows thin strands of Thiomargarita magnifica bacterial cells next to a US dime coin. The species was discovered among the mangroves of Guadeloupe archipelago in the French Caribbean. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), … Read more

Tetraneutron – An Exotic State of Matter discovered

A long-standing question in nuclear physics is whether chargeless nuclear systems can exist. Only neutron stars represent near-pure neutron systems, where neutrons are squeezed together by the gravitational force to very high densities. The experimental search for isolated multi-neutron systems has been an ongoing quest for several decades, with a particular focus on the four-neutron … Read more