Me at Gizmodo:
Fermilab Physicists Have Discovered a Possible New Tetraquark. "Fermilab’s Tevatron collider officially retired in 2011 after a long and glorious history of scientific discovery. But the data from its final run is still yielding potentially exciting results. Physicists from the DZero collaboration have announced the discovery of a new particle, believed to be part of an exotic family called 'tetraquarks.'"
We Could Soon Find Even More Gravitational Waves with Pulsar Arrays. "It’s only been a couple of weeks since the world cheered for the LIGO collaboration that made the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger. Now, another group hunting for these spacetime ripples say they could detect very low-frequency gravitational waves using existing radio telescopes in the next ten years — possibly within three years. Successful detection will rest on crunching the combined data from a vast array of rapidly spinning neutron stars known as pulsars—the more, the better."
Physics Holds the Secret to Blowing the Perfect Bubble. "We’ve all delighted in the simple joy of blowing bubbles, but most of us never stop to think about the underlying physics. Now French physicists have devised a mathematical model that precisely predicts just how hard you need to blow to produce a perfectly formed bubble."
Your Navel Lint Makes a Beautiful Portrait as Unique as Your Fingerprint. "Your belly button is teeming with microbial life—a mix of many different species unique to you. Brooklyn-based artist Joana Ricou creates “portraits” based on individual microbiomes. The result is some surprisingly lovely imagery." [Image: "Esther, Cornwall (2015)." Credit: Joana Ricou]
This Scientist Is Turning Every Element In the Periodic Table Into Music. "Materials scientists typically rely on their eyes to analyze data, but soon they could employ their ears as well. Setting the motions of molecules to music can help scientists identify hidden patterns in their data that might otherwise be too small, or occur over such short time scales that they’re easily missed by the human eye. That’s the hope of Asegun Henry, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech. He has applied for a National Science Foundation grant to create an educational app that catalogues unique musical signatures for every element in the periodic table. He’s even setting them to music."
New Video Series Explains Why Woodpeckers Are Built To Peck. "Fans of woodpeckers and materials science will be thrilled to hear that MIT has just released a series of eight short-form videos explaining how woodpeckers can bang their heads against trees all day without suffering major brain trauma — or even getting so much as a headache. Called 'Built To Peck: How Woodpeckers Avoid Brain Injury,' the series features Lorna Gibson, MIT professor of materials science, who has been an avid birdwatcher for years."
Other Cool Links:
Physicists have revealed details of a “quantum critical point” that underlies high-temperature superconductivity.
What is an elegant theory? Gregory Chaitin looks at complexity using algorithmic information theory.
The Disastrous North Pole Balloon Mission of 1897: 33 years later, Arctic explorers found their undeveloped film.
LIGO Ain’t a Gravitational Wave Detector—It’s an Observatory. Europe Is Testing Its Gravitational Wave Detector Tech in Space. What the detection of gravitational waves teaches us about patience. How gravitational wave detectors survived the Contract With America. Ask Ethan: Do Gravitational Waves Exhibit Wave-Particle Duality? A handy rundown of all those gravitational waves papers submitted in the wake of the big LIGO announcement. "You don’t abandon your friends when you strike it rich. I am glad that we submitted to them." Stephen Colbert Learns About Gravitational Waves from Brian Greene.
Being Wrong About Fundamental Physics Is Pretty Exciting Too.
The Other Astronomical Breakthrough That Took 100 Years to Achieve: trigonometric parallax.
The number that fascinates physicists above all others: the fine-structure constant denoted by Greek letter alpha.
This "classified alien music" freaking out the internet isn't alien, music, or classified.
How the FBI could use acid and lasers to access data stored on seized iPhone.
Most images of black holes are illustrations. Here’s what our telescopes actually capture.
Trees of all ages, sizes, and species tend to break at about the same windspeed—42 meters per second.
Quantum weirdness may hide an orderly reality after all. Bohm is back, baby!
NP-complete problem solved with biological motors.
The NSA doesn't understand Bayesian statistics.
The mysterious biomechanics of riding – and balancing – a bicycle.
The Caltech musical parody of Star Trek you never knew you always wanted is here.
CAT S60 Hands-On: The Phone That Lets You See Like Predator Is Awesome.
How To Make Movies Showing Nanoscale Molecules In Action.
Astronomers use a titanic explosion to find half the missing mass of the Universe.
How Can A Laser Make A Plane Turn Around?
Sorry, But Lasers Aren't Taking You To Mars Anytime Soon.
See the cosmos with X-ray vision: Japan’s new Hitomi space telescope.
Water bear don’t care: watch these tardigrades wake up after being frozen for 30 years.
New Fantastical Miniature Flying Machines Forged From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag.
A fog-harvesting material based on beetle backs, cactus spines, and a meat-eating plant.
Could You Tune Every Key on a Piano to a Middle C? Android recently released an ad featuring a "monotuned" piano.
It's not just white noise—sound can be pink, brown, or plenty of other colors.
The Mesmerism of Mathematics: A 19th-century love letter to the most limitless medium of thought.
The Electrifying Rivalry of History's Greatest Frenemies (e.g. Tesla and Edison).
How to build an unbeatable poker-playing robot. For starters, teach it to size up its opponents like a human would.
The Cockneysphere and other Sound Maps of London.
We Need to Educate the Public about Dirty Bombs.
Teens do better in science when they know Einstein and Curie also struggled.
The boy who played with fusion: extreme science, extreme parenting and how to make a star.
Science Fairs Have Lost Their Way. Let’s Make Them Cool Again.
Students depict more scientists as women than ever.
Fact: The success of Trump can only be explained by multiverse theory and nuclear technology.
Telescope Takes You Behind the Scenes of NASA's Biggest Build (i.e. James Webb telescope).
Study found that fat penguins on a treadmill fall over more often than slim ones.