PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Philip Anderson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who expanded the world's understanding of magnetism and superconductivity, has died. He was 96.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning physics professor donated papers from more than 50 years of work to the University of Illinois Archives, the university announced this week....
DENVER (AP) — A physics conference expected to draw 10,000 people to Denver was canceled due to concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — They are two of the most fundamental questions not just of science, but of humanity: How did we get here? And are we alone?
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Life imitated art Tuesday when "The Big Bang Theory" — the American TV sitcom, not the scientific explanation for how the universe began — entered the annals of Nobel Prize...
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Michel Mayor, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics, says he found out he was one of the winners...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — John Robert Schrieffer, a physicist who shared in the 1972 Nobel Prize in physics for developing a pioneering theory of superconductivity, has died. He was...
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — What's so dangerous about nuclear power?
The Abilene Reporter-News reports when you ask the question on the street, a number of different answers come up. But the two...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Murray Gell-Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who brought order to the universe by helping discover and classify subatomic particles, has died at the age of...
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An earthquake that struck Tuesday in a rural area near the Idaho-Montana border was felt as far away as Helena and was followed by multiple aftershocks, but no damage was...
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University has awarded more master's degrees, on average, than any other school nationally.
The school announced Thursday that the American Physical...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is exploring the idea of forming a special committee to look at climate change and security risks, with the effort being coordinated by a 79-year-old...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has appointed a scientist who argues for easing regulations on lower-level radiation exposures to lead the agency's radiation advisory committee.
Acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler on Thursday announced the appointment of Brant Ulsh, a health physicist, as one of the EPA's science advisers and the panel chairman. Ulsh has been a leading critic of the EPA's decades-old position that exposure to any amount of ionizing radiation is a cancer risk.
CHICAGO (AP) — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers and Chicago-area scientists are working to create a communications network that can withstand hacking.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two national laboratories based in New Mexico have been awarded $8 million by the U.S. Energy Department to study the fundamental physics of all matter.
The award will fund two three-year projects focused on quantum research at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase "God particle," died Wednesday at 96.
Lederman directed the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago from 1978 to 1989.
He's described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, "The God Particle."
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists from the United States, Canada and France won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for revolutionizing the use of lasers in research, finding ways to make them deliver more powerful flashes of light and even to act like tiny tweezers.
Their work paved the way for laser eye surgery to improve vision and studies that can manipulate cells and their innards.
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Scientist Arthur Ashkin thought he might have a chance to win a Nobel Prize a few decades ago.
But the 96-year-old from Rumson, New Jersey, said he had "given up worrying" about such things a long time ago.
That changed early Tuesday when Ashkin learned that he and two others had won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work with lasers.
GENEVA (AP) — Officials at the world's largest particle accelerator on Monday suspended an Italian physicist pending an investigation into his "highly offensive" presentation on gender issues that raised new concerns about sexism in science.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, said Alessandro Strumia of the University of Pisa was out of line in his talk Friday for a seminar on "High Energy Theory and Gender."
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear of growing competition from China.
LONDON (AP) — One of Britain's leading astrophysicists is donating her $3 million purse from a major science prize to encourage diversity in physics.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell says the money will go to the Institute of Physics to fund graduate scholarships for people from under-represented groups — women, members of ethnic minorities and refugees.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It would be a signature that's virtually impossible to fake.
Because you'd need an immensely powerful nuclear science research facility to create it.
A pair of Michigan State University researchers — Wolfgang Bauer and Bradley Sherill — have proposed using equipment at the university's $765 million Facility for Rare Isotope Beams to embed isotopes below the surface of valuable works of art.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's National Autonomous University says it has admitted a 12-year-old student to its undergraduate degree program in biomedical physics.
The university, better known by its Spanish initials as the UNAM, said Thursday that Carlos Santamaria Diaz is the youngest such student in the university's roughly century-long history.
Santamaria Diaz passed the entrance exam and has already done preparatory study at the university's school of chemistry in its genetics sciences center.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Enter what looks like an industrial garage on the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility campus, make your way about 25 feet underground and you'll find yourself standing in the midst of scientific history.
Under the hum of massive machines that intricately weave a jumble of colorful wires and metal tubes, millions of sub-microscopic particles jump and race, colliding with others at nearly the speed of light.
NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks after his death, physicist Stephen Hawking has delivered his last thoughts about the nature of the cosmos, and he says it may be simpler than often believed.
Well, simpler if you understand theoretical physics, anyway. It remains incomprehensible for the rest of us.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The first woman to earn an advanced degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire will be among those recognized at the school's commencement ceremony next month.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State University senior will receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
The university says physics major Nicholas A. Ezzell of Laurel will be the only Mississippian to get the award this year.
Ezell has conducted research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will return there this summer to develop quantum computing software. He hopes to attend graduate school and ultimately work as a computational physicist.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans says an endowment has been set up to honor longtime physics professor George Ioup who died in 2016.
The university says the endowment is funded by a gift from Ioup's wife, Juliette who is also a UNO physics professor.
The $50,000 endowment will provide awards of $1,000 to one undergraduate and one graduate student each year.
Reaction to the death of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking:
"His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure." — Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of New York's Hayden Planetarium, on Twitter .
LONDON (AP) — Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died Wednesday. He was 76.
Hawking died at his home in Cambridge, England, according to a statement by the University of Cambridge.
PARIS (AP) — In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek.
As slowly as a word per minute, Stephen Hawking used the twitching of the muscle under his right eye to grind out his thoughts on a custom-built computer, painstakingly outlining his vision of time, the universe, and humanity's place within it.
LONDON (AP) — Key events in the life of celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76.
Jan. 8, 1942 — Born in Oxford, England, the eldest of four children of Frank Hawking, a biologist, and Isobel Hawking, a medical research secretary.
1952 — Attends St. Albans School.
1959 — Receives a scholarship to attend University College, Oxford, from which he graduates with a degree in natural science.
1962 — Begins graduate research in cosmology at Cambridge University.
Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At Age 76
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Nicanor Parra, a Chilean physicist, mathematician and self-described "anti-poet" whose eccentric writings won him a leading place in Latin American literature, died Tuesday. He was 103.
His death was confirmed by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who expressed her condolences. Her government ordered national flags to be flown at half-staff in public buildings and decreed two days of mourning.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Though he's pretty adept at flinging the football, Sam Koch is far more valuable to the Baltimore Ravens when using his right foot.
Koch leads the NFL with 37 punts inside the 20 yard-line, including 16 inside the 10. He received a game ball last Sunday — a rarity for a punter — after he pinned Cleveland inside the 20 on four of his five kicks, three of which were downed within 5 yards of the goal line.
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BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen and Google have announced plans to cooperate in exploring possible uses in the auto industry for quantum computers.
Quantum computing, a technology that's still in its early phases, uses the quirks of quantum physics to perform calculations at far higher speeds than current computers.
Volkswagen said Tuesday that specialists from the two companies will work together using Google quantum computers, jointly developing algorithms and simulations.
Dark matter: The mystery substance physics still can’t identify that makes up the majority of our universe
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan plans to boost physics research, attract more experts and support fellowships with an $8 million gift.
The Ann Arbor school announced Thursday it received the gift from the Leinweber Foundation. That's led by Michigan-based software engineer Larry Leinweber and Claudia Babiarz of Bloomfield Hills.
Leinweber says in a release he wants the university to "make groundbreaking discoveries," particularly "around the origin and scope of the universe."
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades astronomers tried to prove Albert Einstein right by doing what Einstein thought was impossible: detecting the faint ripples in the universe called gravitational waves. They failed repeatedly until two years ago when they finally spotted one. Then another. And another. And another.
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The two California scientists sharing this year's Nobel Physics Prize credited each other and their third partner, as well as the team that helped build and maintain the instrument that helped them discover gravitational waves.
Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of the California Institute of Technology spoke Tuesday at the school about 12 miles northeast of Los Angeles, just hours after learning they had won.