A European team has found a way to create beams of light that focus more intensely as they travel, forming what looks like a bullet out of light.
The BBC is reporting that the National Ignition Facility has conducted a fusion experiment where for the first time in the world, the amount of energy released through a fusion reaction has exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel.
A Stanford University team has demonstrated a radically faster and smaller technique for accelerating electrons, that they say could dramatically reduce the size of particle accelerators and even lead to new generations of “tabletop” accelerators.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have presented evidence confirming the existence of a previously unknown chemical element.
Study suggests life may have originated before Earth itself.
A new paper suggests that life on Earth could be 9.7 billion years old - more than 5 billion years older than Earth itself.
The authors argue that it may be possible to measure the rate at which the genetic complexity of life has increased on Earth, as measured by the number of non-redundant functional nucleotides in organisms. This growth has continued exponentially, in a similar way to Moores Law, allowing the team to work backwards to a date when just a single base pair indicates the start of life on Earth.
Let’s suppose for a minute that these guys are correct and ask about the implications of the idea. They say there is good evidence that bacterial spores can be rejuvenated after many millions of years, perhaps stored in ice.