Physicists to Split $3 Million Breakthrough Prize for Supergravity

From left to right: Peter van Nieuwenhuizen, Sergio Ferrara, and Daniel Freedman. Photo: Breakthrough Prize Committee…

Researchers Build Quantum Vibration Sensor That Can Measure the Smallest Units of Sound

A diagram of the oscillators and the measurement made by the qubit.Illustration: Wentao Jiang A system…

Jodrell Bank Observatory Declared UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Lovell Telescope control room at Jodrell Bank Observatory, 2007.Photo: Jon Super (AP) The Jodrell Bank…

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Incredible Observation Links Two Different Radioactive Phenomena Inside a Thunderstorm

LightningPhoto: Yuuki Wada Scientists in Japan reported seeing two radioactive weather phenomena at the same time,…

Is There a Fifth Dimension?

Illustration: Benjamin Curie (Gizmodo) Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Takes Stunning Photo of Asteroid Bennu From Just 0.4 Miles Away

The asteroid Bennu, seen here after OSIRIS-REx’s “Orbital B” insertion.Photo: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin (https://www.asteroidmission.org/) NASA’s…

Astronomers Spot Mysterious, 10-Million-Light-Year-Long Magnetic Field Connecting Two Galaxy Clusters

Close-up of the filament.Image: DSS and Pan-STARRS1 (Optical), XMM-Newton (X-rays) PLANCK Satellite (y paramter), F. Govoni,…

Scientists Save Schrödinger’s Cat

A cat acting out Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment. Hope he doesn’t die!Photo: Dwight Sipler (Wikimedia Commons)…

These Little Silica Hexagons Are Like Super-Advanced Lego Bricks

The big atoms, or silica hexagons.Image: Smalyukh lab The problem with atoms is that they’re small.…