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The Nobel Prize for Physics winners studied dozens of exploding stars and realized that the expansion of the universe wasn't slowing down, as expected - it was accelerating

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..., who is based in Australia, and Adam Riess. Nobel Prize winner Saul Perlmutter Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in its statement that the discovery was made by looking at distant supernovae – which should have been becoming “brighter” as their acceleration away from our planet slowed down. But instead of their light becoming brighter, it was fading....

Serge Haroche and David Wineland share 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

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...d in quantum optics in recent years; the theory behind decoherence formed part of 2005′s Nobel physics prize citation. Prof. Serge Haroche was reached by phone from the press conference. He had been told he had won just 20 minutes before telling reporters: “I was lucky – I was in the street and passing near a bench, so I was able to sit down immediately. “I was walking with...

Toyota is looking to start commercial sales of fuel cell-powered cars by 2015

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Toyota has announced it is looking to start commercial sales of fuel cell-powered cars by 2015. The Japanese carmaker set the target as it unveiled a concept fuel cell powered car, called the FCV, at the Tokyo Motor Show. Its cells can be recharged within minutes and it can cover about 300 miles on a single charge, according to the firm. Earlier this week, rival Hyundai said it plans to start mas...

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson

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The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson. Peter Higgs, from the UK, and François Englert from Belgium, shared the prize “for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the...

Supersymmetry, or SUSY, has gained popularity as a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics known as the Standard Model

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...of the rarest particle decays seen in Nature. The finding deals a significant blow to the theory of physics known as supersymmetry. Many researchers had hoped the LHC would have confirmed this by now. Supersymmetry, or SUSY, has gained popularity as a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics known as the Standard Model. The new observation, reporte...

Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, has landed in Rabat, Morocco, after flying from Spain, completing the second leg of its pioneering journey

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...Rabat, 19 hours after taking off from Madrid. The plane – the size of a jumbo jet – was powered by 12,000 solar cells turning four electrical motors. The 2,500 km-trip (1,550 miles), begun in Switzerland in May, is described as a rehearsal for a world tour in 2014 . Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, has landed in Rabat, Morocco, after flying from Spain, completing the second leg...

The Ig Nobel Prizes are an American parody of the Nobel Prizes and are given each year for ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research

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...sukada (Japan) for creating the SpeechJammer – a machine that disrupts a person’s speech by making them hear their own spoken words at a very slight delay. Neuroscience Prize: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford (US) for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere &...

A bionic eye which is powered by light has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California

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A bionic eye which is powered by light has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California. Implants currently used in patients need to be powered by a battery. The new device, described in the journal Nature Photonics, uses a special pair of glasses to beam near infrared light into the eye. This powers the implant and sends the information which could help a patient see. Disease...

XOLO X900, made by the Indian manufacturer Lava, will go on sale on 23 April priced at about 22,000 rupees ($420)

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Intel confirms details of the first smartphone to be powered by one of its processors. The XOLO X900, made by the Indian manufacturer Lava, will go on sale on 23 April priced at about 22,000 rupees ($420). Lava has teamed up with Indian retail chain Croma to distribute the device across the country. The move follows Intel’s previous failed attempt to break into the smartphone market. A tie-...

Samsung Electronics has announced it expects to make a record profit for the last quarter of 2012, powered by growing sales of its smartphones

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Samsung Electronics has announced it expects to make a record profit for the last quarter of 2012, powered by growing sales of its smartphones. It has estimated an operating profit of 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion) for the quarter, a 90% jump from the same period a year earlier. That would make it the fifth quarter in a row of record profits for Samsung. The success of its Galaxy smartphones hel...

Gerald Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, smashed the traditional bottle of champagne into the ship at a ceremony in Virginia

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The US Navy has christened USS Gerald R. Ford – the first of its new Ford-class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The new super-carrier, which is only 70% complete, is named after late President Gerald Ford. It is the first of 10 carriers designed to get more fighter planes into the sky more quickly, but with 1,000 fewer crew members. The USS Gerald R. Ford is reportedly about 22% over...

Microsoft has unveiled Surface, its own-brand family of tablets, which will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contains a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor

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Microsoft has unveiled Surface, its own-brand family of tablets, which will be powered by its upcoming Windows 8 system and contains a choice of an Intel or ARM-based processor. It allows Microsoft to challenge Apple’s bestselling iPad with a device that can run standard applications such as its own Office programs and Photoshop. But it puts Microsoft in competition with other manufacturers...

Coolpix S800c, the first mainstream digital camera to be powered by Google's Android system, has been released by Nikon

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Coolpix S800c, the first mainstream digital camera to be powered by Google’s Android system, has been released by Nikon. Nikon’s point-and-shoot Coolpix S800c model is being marketed as a “social imaging device”. Demand for compact cameras has suffered because of the rise of smartphones. However, Nikon says its latest model offers superior picture quality thanks to the siz...

LHC scientists have announced that the particle outlined in July 2012 looks increasingly to be a Higgs boson

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Large Hadron Collider (LHC) scientists have announced that the particle outlined in July 2012 looks increasingly to be a Higgs boson. Higgs boson, long theorized as the means by which particles get their mass, had been the subject of a decades-long hunt at the world’s particle accelerators. Yet there is still some uncertainty as to whether the particle is indeed a Higgs boson, and if so, wh...

Physicist Franco Bocci has put forth new ideas in the long-running question of how best to keep dry when moving in the rain

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...more drops – so what is the optimal speed? Franco Bocci, reporting in the European Journal of Physics, now asserts that both wind direction and a person’s stature figure into the answer. In most cases, the general answer is to run as fast as possible; but the answer changes in a tailwind, or for the thin. Prof. Franco Bocci is by no means the first person to address the problem, which...

The AMS has seen evidence for what could be dark matter colliding with itself in a process known as annihilation

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...ccelerator. A precise description of this mysterious component is now an urgent objective for modern physics. Normal matter, the material we can see with telescopes (all the stars and galaxies), contributes just 4.9% of the mass/energy density of the Universe. Dark matter is a far bigger constituent, making up 26.8%. This figure was recently raised following studies of the cosmos by the European S...

The scientists at CERN found that neutrinos are travelling 60 billionths of a second quicker than the light speed limit allowed

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Physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the international nuclear research facility near Geneva, Switzerland, are saying that an experiment in which a beam of neutrinos were sent 500 miles from CERN to a laboratory in Italy has thrown up a quite staggering result. Specifically, the specialists found that the particles got there 60 billionths of a second quicker than t...

Rovio Entertainment, the creator of the Angry Birds franchise, has announced its newest game ”Angry Birds Space”, which was developed in cooperation with NASA

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...ace”, which was developed in cooperation with NASA. For nearly 3 years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battle between birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics and space exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game. Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into the new...

Electric car use may save up to $1,200 a year.

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...500. Ford Motor is the producer of a Focus electric car already sold to fleets including those owned by Google and AT&T. While the fuel economy of the gasoline-powered Focus SFE is rated at 33 mpg (miles per gallon) by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the electric Focus is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as offering the equivalent of 105 mpg. The N...

Toyota has agreed on a more than $1 billion compensation deal to settle a legal case involving unintended acceleration problems in its vehicles

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...istrict Court in Santa Ana and divided into two categories: economic loss and wrongful death. Claims by people who seek compensation for injury and death due to sudden acceleration are not part of the settlement – the first trial involving those suits is scheduled for February. Toyota has agreed on a more than $1 billion compensation deal to settle a legal case involving unintended accelera...

Researchers claim they have unlocked the physics behind the roulette to give players a better chance of beating the house

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Like all casino games, the odds of winning at roulette are stacked against punters, but now researchers claim they have unlocked the physics behind the game to give players a better chance of beating the house. A new study shows how a computer programme can be used to give gamblers a return of 18%, rather than the 2.7% loss that would be expected from merely playing the odds. In roulette, a ball...

Atom blast at Yucca Flat, Nevada, March 17, 1953

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...m the test itself, so in reality the blast wave comes half a minute or so after the explosion. Basic physics that even a non-technical guy like me can understand. “It’s rare to find footage where the sound has not been monkeyed with in post-processing. So I was pleased when a Russian correspondent sent me a link to footage digitized by the National Archives of a 1953 nuclear test. The footage is v...

Prof. Antonio Ereditato oversaw results that appeared to challenge Einstein's theory that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light

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...his>>.” Despite the call for caution, the results caused controversy within the world of physics. If the findings had been confirmed, they would have disproved Albert Einstein’s 1905 Special Theory of Relativity. Earlier this month, a test run by a different group at the same Italian laboratory recorded neutrinos travelling at precisely light speed. Sandro Centro, co-spokesman fo...

Scientists say they may be able to determine the eventual fate of the cosmos as they probe the properties of the Higgs boson

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...at related institutions around the world have begun to theorize on the Higgs’ implications for physics. One idea that it throws up is the possibility of a cyclical universe, in which every so often all of space is renewed. “It turns out there’s a calculation you can do in our Standard Model of particle physics, once you know the mass of the Higgs boson,” explained Dr. Josep...

The image of Les Horribles Cernettes is believed to have been the first photo uploaded to the fledgling world wide web

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...f the giant particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, used at CERN to investigate fundamental physics. The image of Les Horribles Cernettes is believed to have been the first photo uploaded to the fledgling world wide web The group has won fame in scientific circles by performing at CERN social gatherings and physics conferences. The women sing classic 60s pop songs, as well as their own c...