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Speed of light in the city of London

This physicist actually slowed down the speed of light

August 16th, 2022

In 1999, a Danish physicist named Lene Hau did the unthinkable. She slowed the speed of light. It was a remarkable move that completely changed our idea of universal constants. Since then, Hau has repeatedly proven that we can manipulate the speed of light, even going so far as to stop it, move it around, …

MIT scientists found more efficient way to boil water

MIT scientists found a drastically more efficient way to boil water

July 21st, 2022

The fine folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been in the news a lot recently. Not only are they hunting for dark matter, but they’ve also developed a much more efficient way to boil water. The improved method uses new surface treatments to increase the efficiency of heating and evaporating water. The …

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Let’s reel in this talk of a ‘fifth dimension’ for a second

February 10th, 2021

Researchers attempting to solve the problem of dark matter have proposed a particle that can travel to an unseen fifth dimension.  The work is entirely hypothetical, as it attempts to explain a type of matter that nobody has ever seen using a particle that has never been identified. Proving or disproving the theory will likely …

time travel

Time travel isn’t as dangerous as we think, study says

September 28th, 2020

Researchers say that if you’re worried about paradoxes in time travel, you shouldn’t be. Based on a lot of complex math, the team says they’ve determined that paradoxes related to time travel would be self-correcting. For example, you could go back and interact with your past self without ruining your future or even changing it …

new black hole

Scientists finally spotted the rarest type of black hole

September 2nd, 2020

Scientists used gravitational-wave data to detect the merger of two smaller black holes and the formation of a larger one. The larger black hole is still smaller than a supermassive black hole, but it’s larger than any “standard” black hole. This new type of black hole, called an “intermediate-mass black hole” is the first of …

why razors go dull

Science proves the real reason razors go dull

August 7th, 2020

A new study took a microscopic look at razors to determine why they go dull when cutting soft material such as hair. The team found that the angle of the hair can have a big impact on how dull the blade gets after cutting through it. The research could yield new, more durable blades. It’s …

dark matter

Scientists may have finally cracked the dark matter mystery

March 4th, 2020

When astronomers gaze into space they can see many different things. Galaxies, stars, and even black holes can be spotted from our place here on Earth. However, one of the most abundant types of matter in the universe can’t actually be seen at all, or at least we’ve yet to invent the means to do …