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Study could point to piece in antimatter puzzle

An experiment conducted deep underground in an old South Dakota gold mine has given scientists hope that a future detector could help solve one of physics’ biggest puzzles: why the universe exists at all. Put another way, the puzzle has … Continue reading

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Even after death, Stephen Hawking stirs up a fuss

The ashes of the late British physicist Stephen Hawking will get a fitting resting place in Westminster Abbey, near the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. But you could argue that the true monuments to Hawking’s memory are his books … Continue reading

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Celebrities and tech titans salute Stephen Hawking

Few luminaries bridged the frontiers of science and pop culture as completely as physicist Stephen Hawking, and that fact was as obvious as 2+2=4 in the tributes that were tweeted as word of his death spread. Hawking played himself as a wheelchair-riding … Continue reading

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RIP Stephen Hawking, world’s most famous scientist

Stephen Hawking, the British physicist who became famous for his way-out theories and for overcoming debilitating disease, has died at the age of 76, his children said in a statement tonight. “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed … Continue reading

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Gravitational waves play role in black hole show

Black holes are the collapsed stars of the show on “Black Hole Apocalypse,” a two-hour “NOVA” presentation that’s premiering Jan. 10 on PBS. But the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, also known as LIGO, gets its share of the spotlight as well. “LIGO both … Continue reading

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Year in Science: Neutron star smashup leads the list

For the second year in a row, the journal Science is hailing a discovery sparked by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory as the Breakthrough of the Year. Last year, the breakthrough was LIGO’s first-ever detection of a gravitational-wave burst thrown off by the merger of … Continue reading

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Scientists spot a smallish black hole smashup

It took months to figure it out, but the scientists in charge of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, or LIGO, have confirmed their observations of the most lightweight black hole merger yet. The latest detection provides further confirmation of Einstein’s general … Continue reading

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