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The Muon g–2 Anomaly Explained

Jorge Cham, aka, PHD Comics, illustrates the excitement over the muon anomaly results in a set of cartoons he made for Physics.

Computer scientists and engineers have started down a road that could one day lead to a momentous transition: from deterministic computing systems, based on classical physics, to quantum...

Waking up in an alternate reality, Harry Kim, an officer aboard the starship USS Voyager, creates a distortion in the space-time continuum with a beam of polarons. Sounds...

When Gregg finally stopped gambling in late 2018, he was in a dire financial position. He had lost nearly $15,000 during a nine-month betting binge, on top of...

Variables in epidemiological models aren’t usually well known to the general public, but one has had a genuine movie star moment. “What we need to determine is this,”...

Advanced packaging may be the best way forward for massive improvements in performance, lower power, and different form factors, but it adds a whole new set of issues...

The Suez Canal may be humanity’s greatest ever shortcut. Slicing through Egypt’s north-east corner, the 120-mile waterway connects the Mediterranean and Red seas, saving ships on the Asia-Europe...

It is well known that climate-induced sea level rise is a major threat. What is less well know is the threat of sinking land. And in many of...

Mona Lisa’s smile. Mary Lou Retton’s Olympic vault. Mariah Carey’s musical pitch. All are considered perfect. So are the numbers 6 and 28. With feats of artistry and...

First, it swallowed a car. A few hours later, two terraced buildings. At 9pm on January 20, a crater measuring 4 sq metres appeared in Walmer Street, Manchester....

The multiple demands of 3D NAND to enable yield and performance increase in difficulty at each generation. First generation devices, at 24-32 layer pairs, pushed process tools to...

When you think of bees, a hive humming with activity probably comes to mind. But most of the world’s 20,000 bee species don’t call a hive home. These...

Pat, I keep hearing references to cryptoart which are all very … cryptic. What is this thing? Hey Lucy! So you might have heard of it in context...

Over the last half decade or so, the commercialization of autonomous robots that can operate outside of structured environments has dramatically increased. But this relatively new transition of...

Describing a decision-making system as an “algorithm” is often a way to deflect accountability for human decisions. For many, the term implies a set of rules based objectively...

The UK is the largest plastic waste producer in Europe and one of the biggest producers of plastic waste in the world, second only to the US. The...

The failure of roughly half of the wind turbines in Texas earlier this week isn’t the biggest cause of a power shortage crisis that has left one-third of...

What Went Wrong in Texas?

How could this have happened? For four days, millions of people in Texas—the so-called energy capital of the world—shivered in the dark, unable to turn the lights on...

Quantum computing arguably isn’t quite full-fledged computing till there’s quantum software as well as hardware. One open-source quantum computer project at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico...

The massive blast of Siberia-like cold that is wreaking havoc across North America is proving that if we humans want to keep surviving frigid winters, we are going...

In each warm body it infects, the virus behind Covid-19 has the potential to change. It can become more deadly, more transmissible or more resistant to the vaccines...

Sebastián De Toma joined Pfizer’s clinical trial last year, getting his shots in August and September. The Argentinian journalist still doesn’t know if he got the real covid-19...

What is luminosity?

Even on the hottest and driest days, rays from the sun are too weak to ignite a fire. But with a magnifying glass (or, in some unfortunate cases,...

Winter is grapefruit-harvesting time in Florida. Juice from the fragrant yellow globes is a welcome bit of sunshine for shoppers in chillier latitudes. And unbeknownst to most consumers,...

Thanks to Victorian street planners, many British streets were designed to be full of big trees and, with 84% of the population living in urban areas, most people...

Energy optimization is beginning to shift left as design teams begin examining new ways to boost the performance of devices without impacting battery life or ratcheting up electricity...

NINE VACCINES against covid-19 have already been approved in one jurisdiction or another, with many more in various stages of preparation. That this has happened within a year...

Quite a bit. In power systems of the future, it’s not just that smaller is better, smaller is essential. Big centralized systems like power stations with vast physical...

When Mark Zuckerberg said “Move fast and break things,” this is surely not what he meant. Nevertheless, at a technological level the 6 January attacks on the U.S....

In the race to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine there have been two distinct frontrunners among the dozens of companies involved: BioNTech and Moderna. Moderna designed the final...

A military arm of the intelligence community buys commercially available databases containing location data from smartphone apps and searches it for Americans’ past movements without a warrant, according...

For two years now, NASA’s InSight probe has sat on the surface of Mars, attempting to dig 5 meters (16 feet) deep in order to install the lander’s...

Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in...

Boxing Day 2020 was so blustery that more than half of the UK’s daily electricity was met by wind power for the first time. Just over a week...

I recently went on a canal holiday, drifting on a hired narrowboat through the pretty Staffordshire countryside. Travelling by canal is the fastest way to slow down, they...

In January 2020, Microsoft launched a company-wide focus on sustainability by announcing an ambitious goal and a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 to remove...

The space agency ignited the engines of its Space Launch System in a “hot fire” test, but it didn’t last as long as had been expected. In a...

The FBI is still trying to identify some of the hundreds of people who launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Congress last week. “We have deployed our...

A week ago, Boston Dynamics posted a video of Atlas, Spot, and Handle dancing to “Do You Love Me.” It was, according to the video description, a way...

How The Covid-19 Virus Changes

Random variation is an essential component of all living things. It drives diversity, and it is why there are so many different species. Viruses are no exception. Most...

Countries around the world have closed their doors on the UK following the discovery of a new coronavirus variant. The variant—known as “B.1.1.7”—appears to have spread rapidly through...

Whether you’re forming a Christmas bubble with friends and family or keeping things simple (aka staying home and lounging about in your pyjamas), at some point over the...

In the early hours of Feb. 7, China’s powerful internet censors experienced an unfamiliar and deeply unsettling sensation. They felt they were losing control. The news was spreading...

After World War II, the United States began years of above-ground atomic weapons testing. Many of the detonations occurred at the Nevada Test Site, upwind from Utah, which...

The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown outside of a chicken’s body. Alongside similar news from Israel,...

A new technique has finally opened up one of the final frontiers of gene editing: the mitochondria. These are the mini-organs that power our cells and have a...

Even before the new mine became the main topic of village conversation, João Cassote, a 44-year-old livestock farmer, was thinking about making a change. Living off the land...

For a long time now, factories and warehouses have employed autonomous robots to perform heavy-duty and repetitive tasks, from raw material handling to finished goods packaging. Yet when...

Three years ago, pictures of bulk carriers queued off the coast of Mackay in central Queensland were framed as evidence of a “renaissance” in the coal industry. There...

Rain is inevitable when living in the UK. Soakaways, and other geotechnical drilling methods, are a great way to tackle these downpours. Rain tends to affect us all...