Virgin Galactic rolls out latest generation of spaceship

Virgin Galactic rolled out its newest spaceship Tuesday as the company looks to resume test flights in the coming months at its headquarters in the New Mexico desert. Company officials said it will likely be summer before the ship—designed and manufactured in California—undergoes glide flight testing at Spaceport America in...

New physics rules tested on quantum computer

Aalto researchers have used an IBM quantum computer to explore an overlooked area of physics, and have challenged 100-year-old notions about information at the quantum level. The rules of quantum physics, which govern how very small things behave, use mathematical operators called Hermitian Hamiltonians. Hermitian operators have underpinned quantum physics...

6 Famous modern physicists you should know

Since physics defines so much of our lives, it's especially important to recognize the greatest modern physicists whose discoveries have changed the world. Physics is a key science that helps us understand the world around us. It explains why the world works as it does and defines every interaction, big...

New Theory Says We’ve Been Wrong About How Bubbles Pop

For 20 years, scientists believed that gravity caused some popped bubbles to collapse; new experiments turn that understanding on its head. (Inside Science) -- What do a volcanologist, a pulmonologist, and a glassmaker have in common? They all worry about bubbles. The physics of how bubbles form, behave and pop...

The Moon’s water is blowin’ in the wind

Charged particles wafting from Earth might help to keep the Moon hydrated. Earth might be blowing some of the raw ingredients for water to the Moon. Charged particles flowing from the Sun bombard the Moon’s surface. Among them are protons, which bond with oxygen to make some of the Moon’s...

Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide

What lies beyond all we can see? The question may seem unanswerable. Nevertheless, some cosmologists have a response: Our universe is a swelling bubble. Outside it, more bubble universes exist, all immersed in an eternally expanding and energized sea — the multiverse. The idea is polarizing. Some physicists embrace the...