physics

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory —

Tangled magnetic fields power cosmic particle accelerators

SLAC scientists find a new way to explain how a black hole’s plasma jets boost particles to the highest energies observed in the universe. The results could also prove useful for fusion and accelerator research on Earth.

How bacterial communities transport nutrients

Figuring out how bacteria bring in nutrients could point to ways of killing them without poison. This research could also reveal how small organisms cooperate by generating networks of flow patterns.

Tiny light detectors work like gecko ears

By structuring nanowires in a way that mimics geckos’ ears, researchers have found a way to record the incoming angle of light. This technology could have applications in robotic vision, photography and augmented reality.

Aron Wall wins Breakthrough New Horizons Prize

Aron Wall employs concepts from across theoretical physics, from black holes to the holographic principle, in the quest to answer a fundamental question: What is spacetime?

Is our universe one of many?

This five-part series tells the story of how theoretical physicists at Stanford helped develop the String Theory Landscape – and in the process sparked a fierce and still ongoing debate about what science is and what it should be.