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Tiny Tests Probe for Dark Matter and Other Exotic Physics

To answer some of the biggest unsolved questions in the cosmos, you might not need a supercollider. For decades, theorists have been dreaming up a Wild West of exotic physics that could be visible at scales just below the thickness of a dollar bill—provided you build a clever-enough experiment, one ...

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The Physics of That Crazy Ricochet Hole in One at the Masters

Watch @Louis57TM make a hole-in-one off J.B. Holmes golf ball on No. 16 #themasters — Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2016 It’s not so easy to get a hole in one—you can’t control every part of a ball’s motion towards the hole. So, let’s say this shot is part ...

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What Computational Physics Is Really About

I would like to address the following question: When you use a computer to solve a problem (I would call this a numerical calculation), is it an experiment or theory? Or is it something else? It’s a very common question. One that comes up often—usually when drinking beer with scientists ...

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