The universe can “bounce” forever. But it still has to start somewhere

From the smallest germ to the largest galaxy, death looms. Even if the time scales are, from a cosmological perspective, too big to really understand. In the end, even the universe itself must come to an end – when the last light goes out, and cold, dense masses of dead stars remain. This is, at … Read more

Giant viruses called “jumbo phages” can help us fight antibiotic resistance

As antibiotic-resistant bacteria become increasingly difficult to defeat, consulting those who were in battle with our ancient enemy long before our appearance makes perfect sense. Viruses So-called phages collide with bacteria long before we even existed. So researchers from the University of California, San Diego, took a closer look at some of the lesser-studied jumbo … Read more

Finally, physicists have measured a theoretically long molecule made of light and matter

Physicists have just discovered light acting on the “glue” part between atoms, in a kind of unbound molecule. “For the first time we have succeeded in polarizing several atoms together in a controlled manner, creating a measurable attractive force between them,” Says University of Innsbruck physicist Matthias Sonneleitner. Atoms are linked to form molecules in … Read more