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A quasicrystal is an exotic state of matter with symmetries once thought to be impossible for matter. The concept was first introduced and the first examples were synthesized in the laboratory thirty years ago, but could Nature have beaten us to the punch?
How is a worldwide community of scientists using 16 kilometres of wide vacuum tubes to catch “ripples of space-time”? In an entirely new means of cosmic exploration, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration are trying to detect gravitational waves – a phenomenon theorized by Einstein almost a century ago. But what will this new window to the universe mean?
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?
The elusive Higgs boson particle, predicted half a century ago, was discovered this summer, capturing international attention. Why did the discovery take so long and why is it so important? And the real question, now that the Higgs has been found, what’s next for particle physics?
“Is it the weekend yet?”… “Time flies!” … “There aren’t enough hours in a day!” – these are all phrases we hear often, and sometimes say ourselves. But what if time didn’t exist? What if we lived in a world free of alarm clocks, appointment times, and calendars?
Researchers at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have recently received multiple recognitions for their achievements in areas such as subatomic physics, mathematical physics, quantum field theory and quantum gravity.
The Pythagoreans 2500 years ago believed in a celestial "music of the spheres", an idea that reverberated down the millennia in Western music, literature, art and science.
An international team of astronomers is planning something audacious: a revolutionary telescope so vast and distributed, it will comprise 3,000 dishes spanning the area of an entire continent.
We shovel them, we hide from them, and we rejoice when they give us an extra day's holiday. In a Canadian winter, the snowflake is everywhere. But how do they form? What do their complex and striking shapes tell us about nature? Looking back to our childhood, is it true that no two are exactly alike?
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