Proposed Experiment to Convert Light into Matter in Simplest Way Known

Light to Matter Conversion: Given enough energy, two colliding photons (light particles) can produce a matter particle and antiparticle, such as the electron and positron shown here.

Experiments have shown how to convert matter into light, but reversing the process isn’t quite as simple. There’s a new theory to solve the puzzle.

Antarctica Telescope Finds Direct Evidence for Cosmic Inflation

First images of gravitational wave effects in the Cosmic Microwave Background. Observed by the BICEP-2 telescope at the South Pole. Image courtesy of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Researchers have found direct evidence of Cosmic Inflation, a theory that suggests ripples in the fabric of spacetime produced an enormous hyper-expansion of space after the Big Bang.

Faster than the Speed of Light? NASA Looks at Warp Drive

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Stories of wormholes flood science-fiction films and TV shows; new research may be turning this fiction to fact – proving abbreviated space travel possible.

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Why Christmas Lights Can Get Hot: Electrical Safety During Holidays

Fluorescent bulbs are gas'discharge lamps. Photo by Alvimann.

Fluorescent Christmas lights can get hot due to poor electrical connections in the lamp base – are these bulbs dangerous?

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The 2010 Physics Ig Nobel: Physics of Preventing Winter Slips and Falls

Would you wear socks over your shoes to walk safely on ice?
Image by xandert.

Wearing socks over shoes is a cheap, simple and effective method of preventing winter slips, falls and accidents and won the Physics Ig in 2010.

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