A Physics Magic Trick: Take 2 Sheets of Carbon and Twist

A device containing an unusual form of carbon: two one-atom-thick sheets pressed together with the lattice of one rotated slightly.They used sticky tape — the same you buy at an office supplies store — to pull apart graphene layers until only one graphene layer was left. Read more »

Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Studies of Earth’s Place in the Universe

The cosmologist James Peebles split the prize with two astronomers, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, for work the Nobel judges said “transformed our ideas about the cosmos.” VideoThe cosmologist James Peebles split the Nobel Prize in Physics with the astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Read more »

Steven Gubser, a Bright Star in the Physics Universe, Dies at 47

He sought to make physics accessible to both students and the general public, writing “The Little Book of String Theory” and “The Little Book of Black Holes.That means that string theory could be used to solve problems in traditional quantum theory and that, conversely, traditional quantum theory could be used to describe quantum gravity — the missing force in the Standard Model. Read more »

Ann Nelson, Expert on Particle Physics, Is Dead at 61

Sakurai Prize, considered the highest prize in particle physics outside the Nobel., on April 29, 1958, the oldest of three daughters of Howard and Dorothy Ann Nelson. Read more »